Week # 4 – Shapes
Shapes have been impressing UK audiences since 2008 with their own sonic cocktail of furious, ear-shredding, face-melting, Post-Hardcore / Mathcore. There are certainly stylistic nods to similar genre heavyweights such as Refused, Glassjaw, the dark theatrics of The Paper Chase and the circular guitar riffage of Converge and Botch. However, Shapes aren’t simply genre-apers – on their 2011 album, Monotony Chic, they demonstrate a scope and ambition that few of their contemporary counterparts match.
Check out these videos for Judgement Bespoke and Cacophony of Silence from Monotony Chic:
Since first launching onto the scene in January 2008, the band have played shows across the length and bredth of the country, including numerous self-organised tours. The 1st release ‘Get Your Learn On’ went out through new indie Godmonkey Recordings in May 2008 and has sold a respectable amount at gigs, online, and in stores as well as receiving rave reviews. In 2009 Big Scary Monsters added Shapes to their ever-impressive roster and the band look forward to another busy year. Shapes released their first record for BSM, entitled ‘The Pasture, The Oil’ in May 2009. The Pasture, The Oil was recorded in January 2009 with Nick Finnish (Jonny Truant, Blakfish, Youves) and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Rapture, Fallout Boy) Japanese label Zankyo Records picked up on the band and released the two EPs together for the Japanese market, with which the band headed over to Japan to tour the release. 2010 saw Shapes start the year touring alongside GlassJAw and Pulled Apart By Horses, before taking a slower pace from touring whilst writing the debut album. To keep things ticking over The Pasture, The Oil Remixes was put together, featuring all 6 tracks on their 2009 EP, but remixed by various different artists. Shapes booked in to Tonteknik Studios in Umea, Sweden for December/November 2010 to record the debut full-length album. This was with legendary producer Eskil Lovstrom, famed for his work with Refused, Poison The Well, In Flames, Hell Is For Heroes, Meshuggah and more. Produced by Eskil Lovstrom, mixed by Eskil Llovstrom and Pelle Henricson and mastered by Pelle Henricson, the album sees a new side to the band and is backed with an incredible sound.