Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Shai Halperin, who had already released Meet Yr Acres (2001), formed Capitol Years with Kyle Lloyd (drums), Dave Wayne Daniels (bass) and Jeff Van Newkirk (guitar). Their sound on the
EP Jewelry Store (2003) and the album Pussyfootin (2004)
was still raw and unfocused, an odd mixture of power-pop,
garage-rock and hard-rock, but the calmer moments already presaged their
The band's pop sound blossomed on Let Them Drink (2005), a faithful
reproduction of the mellower Sixties:
the Beatles (Ramona),
the Hollies (Juicer),
the Byrds (Stones),
and early Pink Floyd's psychedelic ditties (Let Them Drink).
The rougher edge survives in a handful of tracks
(Solid Gold, Mounds of Money, Lucky) but clearly
the future is for the sugary ones.
Dance Away the Terror (2006) is a necrophiliac exercise in antiquated
dream-pop without the surreal and haunting production genius of the
Cocteau Twins, but, all in all, it marks
a quantum leap forward in songwriting.
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