capitalSTEPS changes name, Now square wail

Let's allow Mathew Kenall, formerly of the one man group capitalSTEPS explain the name change.

"The political satire group, The Capitol Steps, asked me to change my name. They were concerned that the close similarity in our names was causing confusion amongst fans. After talking with my label Go midnight Records and Elaina from The Capitol Steps we realized we didn't have much choice but to change.

So I am changing my name from capitalSTEPS to square wail.

Matthew Kenall
square wail"

So there you have it. capitalSTEPS is now square wail. I personally love the new name, but it's unfair that the name change came out at such an inconvenient time, with his album just dropping and all. Either way, Different name, same great gameboy sounds! You can find square wail at Good luck to Matthew Kenall with his endeavors as square wail, and RIP capitalSTEPS.

Capital Steps - I'm Not Listening album review

Matthew Kenall, better known as Capital Steps, was kind enough to send over an advance copy of the soon to be released album I'm Not Listening from Go Midnight Records. The album is set for release on April 10th of this year.

Matthew Kenall is a Seattle, WA native who has been creating 8-bit music for several years. He began performing very involved sets as Capital Steps in 2005 and has been doing so ever since. He creates his music using several gameboys running 3 different versions of nanoloop. He even talks to the crowd with a type and speak during concerts to create an even more retro experience for fans. Capital Steps has also been an organizer of chpitune shows in his area lately, and has even opened for nerdcore act MC Chris. Enough about the man though, Let's get into the album!

The album is a mix of catchy dance music rhythms and easily recognizable gameboy-synth sounds. The album will remind one of traveling through any of their favorite classic gameboy games, and at the same time sound completely modern and able to stand out all on it's own.

The first track, Barbara, starts off with music that can be attributed to a gameboy game, but that notion quickly disappears as the bass comes in, then the intro builds up slowly until it finds itself in the middle of a bass fueled dance song. The song ends with a hypnotic outro, then, like any good dance album, dives right into the next song. Broke Toe starts off with a disparate intro that gives way to the true rhythm of the song about 15 seconds in, where the song is kicked off with a rapid fire lo-fi drumroll. The songs all lead into one another quite nicely, and all have a nice catchy rythm. A particularly notable track amongst the goodness is the song Sure, Sure, Sure which has a most beautiful riff come in about two minutes through the song, and uses the melody again to make a very memorable outro.

My personal favorites are the tracks that have a bit of a harder edge on them such as the songs Real Classy and the excellent ending song Who Can Say?. The final track Who Can Say? comes right on the heels of the forementioned song Sure, Sure, Sure, and with the driven intro to this final song you know this is quite a different song from the one preceding it. The song is one of the most intricate sounding on the album. Just past the half way mark begins this ever building rhythm that seems to find a happy plateu, just to have everything come crashing down at the end which closes the album with a very well done and memorable finale.

The art direction is also well done (as seen on the shot at the beginning of the article), with a classy black and white style and gun's symbolizing the "L's" that reminds me of Reservoir Dogs if they really enjoyed Gameboys.

(That's money he's throwing.)

Though I may just be unaware of the truly mob lifestyle of the gameboy musician, and these pictures are actually depictions of true behind the scenes chiptune goings on.

All in all the album is a great one for anyone who likes music that is lo-fi, minimalist, dance, synth, micro, or, of course, gameboy and chiptune. You can find out more about Capital Steps, and even hear some of his forthcoming music from the album at or check out his bio at

Concerts This Weekend

A couple of good concerts this weekend. On Friday The Oneups are having their first show in quite some time in Fayetteville, AR for the low low price of $3! Saturday the 17th sees On and Off Superfast playing in Los Angeles, CA and Pixelh8 rocking the UK. Finally, concluding the weekend on Sunday is capitalSTEPS playing in Seattle, WA for the 21 and over crowd. For more shows coming up be sure to check out our events calendar, and enjoy the weekend!


So after a brief vacation we are all back. I hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th here in the states. Lots of news to catch up on. Most importantly the Chipcache label has had to dissolve itself sadly, due to financial and legal problems. We wish the creators of chipcache all the luck in the world in their future endeavors, as well as all the bands residing on that label.


So much other stuff to get into as well. Let us get all the new songs out of the way first. Dolegay, Geek Beat King, pIENESS: THE HARD CORPS, and Tin Soldier Empire all have new songs up on their respective pages.Push Start covers some Super Mario Sunshine and a Super Mario medley while Super Nintechno ably covers The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Song of Storms. Temp Sound Solutions has a song from his last live show for your enjoyment. capitalSTEPS has 2 brand new remixes up. Finally, 2 new songs from the forthcoming album, March of Fatima, from The Flight Orchestra. Hope you enjoy all that good stuff.
San Antonio, Texas based Premium Games are hard at work on a free compilation CD and now have a myspace page dedicated to that fact. Their compilation includes bands and artists such as Spheres of Chaos, Tin Soldier Empire, XOC, Push Start, and The Minibosses. Check out their page for the full line up.
Just had to mention that Dataage has a new logo that I am definitely digging. Check it out.

We have a new affiliate in 2 Player Productions. These guys are hard at work on a VGM documentary. They are great folks and you should definitely check out their site.
Radio Sega now has an all Sonic radio channel running all summer to celebrate Sonic’s 15th Anniversary
Lastly, 8 Bit Weapon has announced that he is working on new material as well as producing ComputeHer’s forthcoming album.

P.S. Gamewave Podcast has a third episode up so tune in!