Capital Punishment is ready to re-live their teen punk glory days.
Ben Stiller was the drummer of a post-punk band in high school. Named Capital Punishment, the band's 1982 album, Roadkill, will be reissued by Captured Tracks on Sept. 14.
The revival is kicking off with the release of their first single, "Muzak Anonymous," described in a statement as a "Beefheart-ian, gong-afied freak-funk that needs to be heard to be believed." You can hear a young Stiller's steady percussion behind a truly funky sonic arrangement that answers the lyrics, "Consumers speak please," with "A-B-C-D, master."
Capital Punishment was formed in 1979 in New York City by "high school weirdos who actually got their shit together enough to make a completely uncommercial album." Band members include Kriss Roebling, a documentarian whose ancestors built the Brooklyn Bridge; Peter Zusi, professor at University College London; and Peter Swann, a future Supreme Court Justice for the state of Arizona.