Kirkstall Festival

Kirkstall Festival New Logo

Some great gig news to share – we’ve been invited to play Kirkstall Festival this year – Saturday 8th July!  It’s probably the closest festival to where we live, right next to the river Aire, by the the 12th century Kirkstall Abbey and we’re really excited to have been asked!

As always it’s free to enter (although we recommend buying a programme on entry for £2 which helps to support the organisers) and last year 25,000 people attended over the day!

We’ll be on the main stage at around 1:30pm with an hour long set.

Fingers crossed for a beautiful, sunshiny day!

You can find out more about the other events, stalls and parking here.

Cavern Club / IPO 2017


A quick reminder – we’re playing the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool on Monday 22nd May at 9pm and the Cavern Club opposite at 11pm (that’s tomorrow!).  Both are free entry and there are loads of other bands on at both venues all evening!

We won’t be wearing leathers but we will be playing 2 different sets, so it’s worth staying around to catch both.

Here’s a link to the festival line up …and here’s the Facebook event page.

Hope to see you there!

And the verdict is in…

Overwhelmingly positive reviews so far from the UK, USA and Europe:

“Possibly my favourite record of the entire week; whatever you’re doing , if humanly possible,  stop doing it, close your eyes and marvel at Skin by Captain Wilberforce” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Timeless, inventive and peerless songcraft” – Across the Universal

“If there is any justice in the world, this album will be massive” – I Don’t Hear a Single

“…In an alternative reality, [Simon Bristoll] would be the one with million-selling albums to his name” – Fatea Magazine

“Highly Recommended” – Powerpopaholic

“An absolute listening pleasure” – Tracks Magazine (Switzerland)

“Chock full of great melodies, ample hooks and compelling lyrics, Captain Wilberforce’s ‘Black Sky Thinking’ is a wonder to hear” – Powerpop News

“…Massive dollops of edgy melodic guitar rock” – Power of Pop

“There is little doubt that upon the arrival of the album the world will be a better place for its adornment” – Emerging Indie Bands


Radio, Radio

Bakelite radio

We’ve had a fantastic response from online radio here, in Spain and in the USA.  This is on top of the plays we’ve had on the brilliant 6 Music here in the UK. We’d like to say thanks to everyone at the following stations for their support:

BBC 6 Music

Snap, Crackle, POP! Oregon University

Plastico Elastico

Pure Pop Radio

The Music Authority

Atlantic Tunnel

This Is Rock’n’Roll Radio

Celtica Radio

Radio Free Americana


That Launch gig…

Thanks to everyone who came to the launch at the Brudenell yesterday, we loved playing in the main room (having been promoted from the games room, possibly for good behaviour!).

Shatner kicked off the evening in style with a rambunctious 45 minutes of hook and riff heavy pop before we came on and did our thang.  We couldn’t have done this without the help of Will, standing in for our convalescing drummer, Carl.

Will – everyone was so impressed with your drumming, especially Max, Rob and me!  Big thanks!

One request – if you were there and had any footage / photos – please can you share them with us?  We’ve already had this from the youtube superstar guitar tutor Andy Crowley who just happened to be at the gig!  If you like it, then ‘like’ it!



CDs ready to go…

Get yourselves to KoolKat Musik right now and you’ll soon be in possession of the album in that most compact of formats, the CD.  They look pretty good (imho) with artwork from our multi-talented guitarist / producer / design guru Rob and yours truly.  And of course, you get a bonus 5 track CD of songs from acoustic radio sessions, including our cover of ‘Blue’ by the Jayhawks for Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show.