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Philadelphia’s The Capitol Years debuted in July 2001 with the homemade full-length, Meet Yr Acres.

Co-produced by Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Pernice Brothers, Beachwood Sparks), the self-released Meet Yr Acres spent much of 2001 innocently making its way around the globe while garnering a goldmine of critical accolades and regular comparisons to Beck, Bob Pollard, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan. All of this unexpected critical attention culminated in a spot on Magnet Magazine’s “Top 10 Hidden Treasures” list.

Urged to leave the bedroom and share his music with a live audience, Halperin (aka Shai, Son of Eli) recruited Dave Wayne Daniels, Jeff Van Newkirk and Sir Kyle Lloyd on bass, guitar and drums, respectively. Immediately, The Capitol Years sought to do away with the ‘one-man band’ aesthetic of Meet Yr Acres and began concentrating on new material. With collective backgrounds in noise-rock as well as Beatle-esque pop, this full-band incarnation of The Capitol Years immediately generated a buzz in Philadelphia’s growing music scene. Word quickly spread about this maniacal live band whose songcraft suggested Guided by Voices as much as their performances recalled The Who.

Ready to take their show to the national level, The Capitol Years set out on a series of U.S. tours, sharing the stage with bands as diverse as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Rooney, The Kills, Lilys, Daniel Johnston, Crooked Fingers, and Beachwood Sparks. Tours of the UK, Spain, and Israel followed, allowing the band to spread the buzz overseas.


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  • appleskin

    These songs are awesome! You could also buy the CD's Shai Halperin (lead singer, guitarist, song-writer) made before the other guys joined the band and a new CD he made under the moniker Sweet Lights here:

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • seanwright_2007

    great sound and songs.

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • dolce_lyuba

    You Can Stay There ..... =)

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Russtifer

    Shame these guys aren't more popular on here. "You Can Stay There" is just perfection.

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • iam7037292

    Just heard Waterwell, and I liked it.

    12 Nov 2009 Reply
  • cutecyte

    mirage people is awesome

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Lora2Society

    WOW was anyone at the free Rittenhouse show last night? A crazy homeless lady with no legs crawled on stage and was going nuts, screaming and girating and grabbing their legs and mics, she even started scratching at the guitar and lifted up the violinists skirt before being dragged off stage! they handled it well and kept playing a great show and even "dedicated" songs to the homeless lady, Naomi Two-Step. God I love living in Philly!

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • lari_arantes

    I like them.

    19 Jun 2007 Reply
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    3 Feb 2007 Reply
  • micahmj11

    The Capitol Years are not a good band.

    13 Jan 2007 Reply

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