WINGS / SINGLE / AVAILABLE NOW
BAD PRESS / ALBUM / 20 AUGUST 2021
“It’s safe to say that if sweet, soulful reggae with a blend of rocksteady and ska is your chosen poison, Captain Accident will be providing succour throughout the summer and beyond …” LOUDER THAN WAR
“Classic reggae of days gone by that begs the question, why aren’t Captain Accident massive? Like sunshine pouring out of your speakers …” PUNKTASTIC
“The best in British reggae …” DAVID RODIGAN / BBC RADIO 1XTRA
CAPTAIN ACCIDENT has announced WINGS, the second single and video to be taken from his fourth studio album BAD PRESS. The album will be released on 20 August via iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and all other major digital outlets as well as CD. The single is available now and you can watch the video here:
Lyrically, WINGS is a humane, bittersweet and melancholy portrayal of ambition against the odds; musically, as always with CAPTAIN ACCIDENT, it is a joyous amalgam of the sweetest rhythms and the most soulful of vocals. As Adam Parsons (aka CAPTAIN ACCIDENT) explains: “Wings is about how we build our dreams, our hopes and ambitions and how they can be instantly taken from us by the actions of others, our own actions or by other unavoidable situations. The higher you aim, the further you fall, so don’t shoot too high because if things go wrong, it can be a long way down.”
The accompanying video documents these ambitions through saddened yet hopeful eyes. “The video follows a down and out clown,” explains Adam, “who wants to escape from his mundane existence. He has a eureka moment when he sees a balloon floating by his window and decides to embark on a new career as a handyman, collecting balloons as payment. He eventually builds his balloon payments to the point where he has enough to float away to a better place.”
“I enjoyed doing this one,” he adds. “I wanted to keep a serious edge to it, making sure it wasn’t too silly, and I was very mindful of this when thinking about my character’s body language and expressions. I think the video fits well with the song.”
The forthcoming BAD PRESS album follows three previous albums – Pick Up the Microphone (2010) Slippin’ Up (2013) and Wake & Break (2016) – each of which earned attention and acclaim from national press and BBC Radio 1Xtra and cultivated legions of fans within the vibrant reggae, ska and festival scenes, drawn by an intelligent approach to songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.
As often seen in the roots of reggae and ska, the message in the lyrics is both politicised and agitated. It’s a trait that has epitomised the previous albums and continues with BAD PRESS. As Skiddle noted, “What stands out is the paradox between heavy political commentary and the boisterous rocksteady bass and supporting guitar, emanating both a warmth and a declaration of peace.”
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Watch the video for first single PLAYING FIELD here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkJcTRtn8tw
The scheduled dates supporting The Maytals Band in August and September have sadly had to be postponed but CAPTAIN ACCIDENT will be playing the following dates in support of the album, with further dates to be announced soon.
Sat 31 BRIDGEND Roots Shack Weekender
Sun 01 LONDON Scoop @ City Hall (Free show)
Sat 07 OXFORDSHIRE Wilderness Festival
Sat 14 SHROPSHIRE Farmer Phil’s Music Festival
Fri 27 SALISBURY Winchester Gate
Sun 29 SHREWSBURY Albert’s Shed
Fri 17 NARBERTH Queens Hall
Sat 18 PEMBROKESHIRE One Heart Reggae Weekender
CAPTAIN ACCIDENT creates his unique blend of roots reggae, ska and rocksteady at his studio in Cardiff, a sound that is then transformed to the live stage with the help of five exceptional musicians. Through numerous festival appearances which include Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness, Boomtown and Secret Garden Party, and extensive touring of the UK and Europe, the live show has become one of the most infectious and thrill-inducing on the circuit.
CAPTAIN ACCIDENT was handpicked by the legendary Toots & The Maytals to support on a run of UK dates in 2016 and impressed the reggae masters to such an extent that they were invited to perform as full tour support in 2017 and 2018, playing such eminent venues as London Barbican Theatre, Brighton Dome and Manchester Academy. Adam and the band were then asked to support on the full Toots & The Maytals European tour in 2020 although, naturally, this was initially postponed due to Covid-19 and subsequently cancelled following the death of Toots Hibbert.
CAPTAIN ACCIDENT has also shared stages with many of the most recognisable names in reggae and ska including Suggs, who has been known to invite himself onstage in order to sing with the band, Neville Staple, The Skints, Less Than Jake, The Toasters, Aswad, The Skatalites and Fishbone.