The members of Capgun Coup, Sam Martin, Greg Elsasser, Eric Ohlsson and Andy Matz, are not the most well-versed students of rock music. Their debut album, Brought to You by Nebraskafish, demonstrates an eclectic and even schizophrenic sensibility that is clearly fueled by youthful exuberance and contempt for boundaries, allowing them to create a genre blurring yet charming collage of noise, pop and punk rock. Nebraskafish leaves you nostalgic for everything you loved about the 80’s college and (post)punk rock (think Violent Femmes, Pixies etc) and their eclectic approach to music.
The story starts three years ago in suburban Omaha, Nebraska, where Elsasser and Martin began playing music together. Mutual boredom coupled with an interest in avant noise would fuel the duo's early collaborations, but after a move downtown and after the addition of two members (Matz on bass and Ohlsson on drums), Capgun Coup became less interested in white noise, and completely enamored with pop. The result is an album that is as much an homage to basement shows and house parties as it is to the indie pop tradition of sound collages. The rich interplay between Elsasser's spacey noise samples and Martin's fantastic songwriting creates a backbone and organization that is solidified with the addition of Ohlsson and Matz.