The Captain Of Sorrow

That would be a cool band name

In the music community the phrase: “that would be a cool band name” is often used about a sentence or something which someone says. For instance, the name “The Captain of Sorrow” was thought of by Henrik Jørgen Svendsen while we were recording the basic tracks to “Racetrack Babies”. I think it was during the recording of “Anti Anti”, which Henrik thought was quite Melancholic that he called me “The Captain of Sorrow”. At that time, we thought that the record was a new “Racetrack Babies” album, so I thought it would be a good title for the record. As you might know it ended up being the name of this project and Racetrack Babies the title of the record.

Choosing titles to the songs for a record has for me always been quite easy, I just grab what first comes to my mind, and identifies the song, when I hear the song and read the song lyrics. This time I wanted to do it a bit different. I wanted each song to be the same title as a band name that I had thought of during the years, and actually thought was good enough to use sometime. Most of the titles have in common that they are unique in composition. The phrases are not used anywhere else (at least I have not been able to find any on the internet), except for “The Scarlet Pimpernel” of course. One band name which I thought of while trying to find one for Racetrack Babies, but which was voted down, ended up being another bands name. It was Mads Hvidt our drummer from back then, who thought it was a good band name idea and brought it to his new band which they called “Park The Bench”.

It is the first time that I have put such an effort into finding titles for songs on a record.

Check out the titles of the songs here.

Credits for The Captain Of Sorrow


Vocals, guitar, songs, lyrics & produced by Hans-Christian Søgaard Andersen

Bass, saw, whistling and keys by Hans Find Møller

Drums, piano picking and keys by Henrik Jørgen Svendsen

Guitar, baritone and ukulele by Søren Ernst Hansen

Chorus by Anna Gravers Knive, Julie Rasmussen, Sofie Løhr Andersen & Ulla Baasch Andersen

Tracked by Louise Nibber at Soundscape Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark

Mixed by John Agnello at Water Music Recorders, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound, New York, USA

Coverart by UDYR

The Captain Of Sorrow

Is a new project that has arisen from the ashes of my former band Racetrack Babies. The album now named “Racetrack Babies” should have been released by Racetrack Babie as our fourth album. It should have been called “The Captain Of Sorrow”. Me being the only original member, made it a bit strange though. So i swapped the title and project name. I choose to pull out the record from Racetrack Babies and then release it under the new project name: The Captain Of Sorrow. These are the things you can do, when nobody but yourself holds the rights to your music.

I produced the album, it is – like the two previous albums – my friend, John Agnello who mixed the album. The Captains Of Sorrows new album Racetrack Babies was tracked in Soundscape Studio Frederiksberg by Louise Nipper. I hope you like it, Enjoy.

Welcome to my Blog

Hi I am Hans-Christian Søgaard Andersen, I will be bloggin about my solo project “The Captain Of Sorrow” and my previous band Racetrack Babies. I tell quite a lot of stories to my kids at the dining table from my time as a musician, they always listen with interest(they seldome do), so I thought I might write them down online somewhere. I am the previous lead singer and front driver of Racetrack Babies with which i recorded and released 3 albums: Love Sick, The End. and Summer Salt Santiago. As John Agnello said the first time I was in contact with him, it gets easier to create records. I love making records I must say. That is definitately my favorite part of making music.