Gisborne’s eight-track recording studio Capture opened above the Brett Sherriff Sound Shop at 47 Lowe Street in 1981. Discussions between Brett and drummer Noel Lamberton led to Noel moving to Gisborne and building the studio he designed. Rates were $20 per hour, with engineer, or bands could take up the Albion River Bar package deal: play at the venue on Friday and Saturday night, with meals and accommodation, and the après gig. Also, record at the studio, one block away.

Two compilations of Gisborne musicians on the Capture label: Fast Sides Always Get Played at Parties (1983), and the contributors to Handle With Care: East Coast Musicians ’86 (1986). 

Paul Turney took over operating the studio when Lamberton left in 1982. Turney produced the compilation album Fast Sides Always Get Played at Parties, featuring Marching Orders, Ruinz, Miles McKenzie, Mike Bradley, Andrew Kirk, Pete Stewart, Ta Rutherford and Paul Turney himself. It was released on vinyl, on the Capture label, in 1983. “It really is about time a confident initiative like this came from outside the four main centres,” wrote Russell Brown in Rip It Up (July, 1983), “… The production is excellent for an eight-track recording.”

When Turney left in 1984, the engineering and production duties were taken over by Maurice Priestley. Recording at Capture involved bands and other clients carrying their instruments – and Priestley, in his wheelchair – up a narrow flight of stairs. Albums were recorded and released by Hamilton outfit The Bronx (Outrageous Boys, Capture, 1984), Wellington’s free jazz pioneers the Primitive Art Group (Five Tread Drop Down, 1984; Future Jaw Clap, 1985 – both on Braille), and The Spines’ The Moon (Jayrem, 1984). Gisborne singer-songwriter Geoff Powdrell's album Wild Flowers was at the studio and released on Capture in 1983; Turney engineered and played bass, Andrew Kirk played drums.

Various artists - Capture Compilation '87

The Brett Sherriff Sound Shop and Capture Studio moved to 251 Gladstone Rd in 1986. Cassette releases Handle With Care: East Coast Musicians ’86 and Capture Compilation ’87 were the result of Capture Battle of the Bands competitions held at the Albion River Bar. Reviewing Handle With Care in August 1986, Rip It Up wrote: “The pleasing thing here is the local flavour that most of the bands manage to achieve.”

The Capture Battle of the Bands competitions were held over three or four weeks of heats and the prizes were recording sessions and inclusion on the compilations. This inspired various combinations of musicians to create original music in new bands such as 20 Inch Rude, Ngatamatoa, Talk Talk, Ha Ha Bonk, The Boneshakers, Innocent Dingoes, Vita & The Wasp Factory and The Flaming Stars. 

Until the studio ceased operating in 1990 it was also used by songwriters such as Marion Mare – who produced a single of the Waituhi Chorale ‘Karanga Mai’ / ‘Tamaiti O Waituhi’ (EMI, 1984) – plus radio stations and promoters for advertising jingles, and politicians at election time.