Ben Stiller’s High School Garage Band Sets Album Release



Jerry and Ben Stiller, 1978. Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty
Before Ben Stiller was Derek Zoolander or Greg Focker, he was just another high school student messing around in a garage band. In the late Seventies, Stiller and a few of his New York City friends, including frontman Kriss Roebling, formed the band Capital Punishment, with the future Tropic Thunder actor serving as the group’s drummer. They self-released one LP, 1982’s Roadkill, that was all but forgotten until Brooklyn record label Captured Tracks announced the album’s reissue this fall.

In a recent interview with Howard Stern, Stiller talked about Capital Punishment and seemed somewhat amazed that “a real company” would reissue Roadkill. “I was in a ridiculously weird band. I was like 15, 16, and my friend in high school, Kriss, started this band. He was the one who had the talent, he wrote the songs, I was the drummer,” Stiller told Stern (via Pitchfork). “What happened was some outsider music label, which I didn’t know those existed where people are just into weird music… I guess it’s been found and they asked us if they could re-release it.”