Although Capital 8 calls Milwaukee its home, all four band members hearts and minds are scattered throughout the United States. The sounds and perspectives of their native lands (New York, Cincinnati and Kansas City) have given them a rich tapestry from which to weave their organic pop sound.
The band formed in late 1999. Capital 8�s influences are as varied as the cities in which Mike Christiansen (vocals, guitar), Scott Anthony (guitar), Michelle Anthony (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar), and John Lucas (drums) were raised. They cite artists like The Beatles, Liz Phair, R.E.M., Elvis Costello, The Connells, The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, Old 97�s, The Pretenders and Wilco as inspirationfor their own pop landscape.
Capital 8 has release two full length CD�s to date, their debut album �Reason� in May 2001 and Payola in November 2002. Two songs from their first CD �Love in the Title� and �100� spent time on MP3.com�s pop/rock charts, reaching the top 50 on their national chart.
Capital 8 has headlined multiple shows at Milwaukee�s premier rock clubs and has played with national acts Mason Jennings and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. They have also played the nations� largest music festival Milwaukee�s Summerfest. The Onion newspaper described the band as �avoiding current musical trends and clich�s by playing fuzzy, jangly alterna-pop.
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