Ben Stiller’s teenage punk band Capital Punishment unveiled a remake of one of their earliest tracks, “Confusion,” which will appear on their upcoming EP, This Is Capital Punishment. The record will be released physically November 23rd, while a digital version arrives December 7th, via Captured Tracks.
The new version of “Confusion” opens with a mix of razor-sharp guitars and gurgling synths that fill the space between Stiller’s crisp drum hits. Capital Punishment vamp on this groove until suddenly the song transforms into a blistering rush of post-punk and noise.
“Confusion” appeared on Capital Punishment’s first record, Roadkill, which arrived in 1982 and was reissued by Captured Tracks in September. Ahead of the reissue, the label asked Capital Punishment for a few bonus tracks, which led the band to remake “Confusion” and then record their new EP.
Capital Punishment recorded This Is Capital Punishment at the Garden in Brooklyn, New York. Musician/producer Kriss Roebling helmed the sessions, cutting the initial tracks with Stiller then fleshing out the the songs with guitarist Peter Zusi – who is a professor of Czech literature in London – and synth player Peter Swann, who is a Supreme Court Justice in Arizona.
“Nobody was told exactly what to do for their parts, so each member’s contribution had a marked effect on the direction the songs took, and what ultimately they developed into,” Roebling said of the sessions.