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OriginMilton Keynes, England
GenresSka punk, hardcore punk
LabelsHousehold Name Records
Gravity DIP Records
Fierce Panda
Members"Shakey" Jake Sims-Fielding
Robin "Boob" Goold
Keith Minter
Tim "Makkaz" Macdonald
Andrew "Eddie" Hunt

Capdown are an English punk rock band from Milton Keynes. Originally known as Soap, their songs have political themes as alluded to by their name, which is short for Capitalist Downfall. Mixing ska, punk, hardcore, dub, drum and bass, and reggae, Capdown built a reputation around their independent releases and numerous tours.


In May 2000, the Household Name Records released Capdown's debut album Civil Disobedients. The album featured hardcore, but also mixed in ska and dub. According to Drowned in Sound the album kick started an underground punk scene.[1] The album went on to be listed at 76 in the NME's top one hundred list for the decade.[2] In the same year Capdown played nearly 250 gigs.[3]

In early 2001, Capdown toured with a number of established American bands, including Less Than Jake[4] and played the Deconstruction touring festival with Pennywise and Lagwagon.[5]

In September 2001, Capdown released their second album, Pound for the Sound, receiving positive reviews from Kerrang![6] The following year saw tours with Bad Religion[7] and Hundred Reasons.

In 2003 the band signed to Fierce Panda Records, releasing two EPs: Act Your Rage and New Revolutionaries. The band received critical acclaim for their live performances.[8]

The final line-up included: Jake Sim-Fielding (vocals and saxophone), Boob Goold (bass guitar), Keith Minter (vocals and guitar), Tim Macdonald (drums) and a new addition, Andrew "Eddie" Hunt (keyboards/samples).[9]

They released an album on 5 February 2007, entitled Wind Up Toys on Fierce Panda Records.[10]

The band split up after their final UK tour, which was due to be 9 November 2007, in their home town of Milton Keynes. However their 'final show' took place on 7 June 2008, at the Pitz club in Milton Keynes, following a 'warm up' at the Kingston Peel on 5 June 2008.

It was announced on 16 February 2010 through, that Capdown were to reform exclusively for the Slam Dunk festival, held in London and Leeds on the 29 and 30 May that year. However, the band have now played at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, between 4 and 6 August 2011. In addition, they appeared at Hevy Fest in Kent, between 5 and 8 August 2011 and at the Reading and Leeds Festival on 27 August 2011 (Reading) and 28 August (Leeds).

Other projects

Following the original demise of Capdown, both Goold and Macdonald worked on a new band, The Maccalites, alongside Simon Wells from Snuff/Southport.[11] Goold, Minter and Macdonald are also members of rock band This Contrast Kills and The GetGone.[12]

As of 2013 Tim Macdonald has been playing drums in the U.K Hardcore band Menshevik along with Steve Pitcher of Vanilla Pod, Dan Hawcroft previously of Whizzwood and Robert Dempsey of Mustard City Rockers.[13][14]

Since 2012 Robin Goold has been working on The GetGone with Ben Hyman, David Lloyd (1000Hz) and Rob Blay. The band have released the 5 track 'Stories and Ruses' E.P in 2013, and their debut album 'One thousand ways to live' in April 2016. Both recorded and produced by Capdown's Keith Minter. [15][16]



Year Album title Label
2000 Civil Disobedients Household Name
2001 Pound for the Sound Household Name
2007 Wind Up Toys Fierce Panda


Year Title Label
2003 Act Your Rage Fierce Panda
2003 New Revolutionaries Gravity DIP
2006 Keeping Up Appearances Fierce Panda
2007 Surviving the Death of a Genre Fierce Panda
2007 No Matter What Fierce Panda

Music Videos

  • Act Your Rage (2003)
  • New Revolutionaries (2003)

Other releases

Year Title Label Notes
1999 Time for Change EP Household Name
2000 Split EP Household Name Split with Link 80
2001 Christmas Fisting EP Household Name Split with Hard Skin and Southport
2004 Live in Brighton Punker Bunker Live DVD; split with Rude Bones
2005 Live in M.K. Gravity DIP Live album
2007 Live EP Fierce Panda Live EP; included with some editions of Wind Up Toys and subsequently given away as a free download


  1. ^ Patashnik, Ben. "Ska Wars: the life and death of a UK underground". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "THE TOP 100 GREATEST ALBUMS OF THE DECADE". NME. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Capdown: Civil Disobedients". Household Name Records. Archived from the original on 8 December 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  4. ^ "Capdown review". BBC. Retrieved 2006.
  5. ^ "Anarchy in the UK". Metal Hammer magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2006.
  6. ^ "Review:Pound for the Sound". Kerrang magazine. Archived from the original on 23 May 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  7. ^ "Capdown Support Bad Religion". Metal Hammer magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2006.
  8. ^ "Somerset - Entertainment and Leisure - Review: Capdown". BBC. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Capdown announce February tour and new album". Retrieved 2007.
  10. ^ "Capdown return in 2007". Retrieved 2007.
  11. ^ "Pick It Up Yo: Top Six Ska Punk Bands". Retrieved 2009.
  12. ^ "Interview with Capdown, 21 February 2010". Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  13. ^ "Menshevik". Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "Menshevik". Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "The Get Gone". Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "The GetGone". Retrieved 2020.

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