Hooooly shit! “A pleasant surprise” would be the understatement of the year. I put this on, expecting the usual CD-R fare that I get a bunch of in every batch of stuff to review. It’s usually NOFX ripoffs or weird outsider stuff from the Midwest or whatever. However, Captain Black is an entirely different story. This is amazing in every way. It takes me back to the mid-nineties. Back when No Idea was still a zine and I was just getting into bands like Radon. I guess that doesn’t say much about the actual music, but what I’m getting at is that it has that kind of feel to it: a slack, quirky, heartwarming goodness. It’s so passionate that it could only be played by people who are down for life. A life in punk, that is. It will make you immensely happy, slap a smile on your face after a long day of work, and remind you that punk is its own fucking reward. The lyrics are just amazing. They often relate the personal to the political. For instance, they sing about how they like to go fishing but find it harder and harder to get out of the urban sprawl to do it (possibly the first folks ever to attempt to rhyme fishing with gentrification.) But usually it’s just stuff about living life to the fullest and how, in spite of all the bullshit we go through, it’s worth it. Best punk release of the year! Hunt down this CD-R or just wait until they put out a record. You’ll know when every Razorcake reviewer is going nuts about it. Or don’t. I don’t care what the fuck you do. I got my copy. Hell, this is the kind of band that breaks up before a record can even be put out anyway. Look, just find it and have another reason to be alive and punk.
–Craven (Self-released, myspace.com/captainblackahoy)