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They may be reluctant rock stars, but Cap'n Jazz is indisputably one of the most influential emo bands in American rock history. The Chicago group, which preceded the cult-followed American Football, formed by one of the band members, released just one album, with members maintaining the band sporadically throughout the '90s and '00s. Nevertheless, their music was formative for the bands that would come to define the genre.
The band plays prominent venues and music festivals in the special events that Cap'n Jazz tours. Some stages include Riot Fest in Chicago, the Electric Ballroom in London and FYF Fest in Los Angeles.
Cap'n Jazz's background and timeline
Cap'n Jazz was formed in Chicago in 1989 by brothers Mike and Tim Kinsella (drums, and vocals and drums, respectively) and their high school friends Sam Zurick (bass) and Victor Villarreal (guitar). Tim Kinsella told the music site The Line of Best Fit that the bandmates "all have very specific and unique relationships with each other," which sometimes led to an odd dynamic within the group.
Nevertheless, after adding a second guitarist in Davey von Bohlen, Cap'n Jazz worked to put out one of rock's most important records in 1995, the absurdly titled Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards In The Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana Peels We've Slipped On and Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over. Rolling Stone ranked the album, sometimes given the much simpler moniker Shmap'n Shmazz, at No. 7 in its list of the 40 greatest emo albums of all time, and NME included the record in its roundup of the 20 emo albums that "have stood the test of time."
Despite the band's success with their first and only record, the group broke up shortly after its release the same year, following a show at Das Yutes A Go-Go in Little Rock, Arkansas. The band members went on to pursue their own projects, which included American Football, Owen and Ghosts & Vodka, but reunited in 2010 and again in 2017 for brief runs of shows. The original four members of the band did also unite briefly in 2001 as Owls.
Cap'n Jazz's influence
Despite hordes of fans who hail Cap'n Jazz as torchbearers for the emo rock movement of the early 2000s, Tim Kinsella maintains that the band didn't invent anything. As he said in 2017, "We might have mixed some influences in a way they hadn't been mixed before, but it was just instinctual."Still, music critics from prominent publications like Rolling Stone believe the band created "a significant blueprint" for the rock bands that would follow in the group's footprint.
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