An abrupt 3-chord frankness
Shapes on Tape is a Brooklyn-based Brew-Wave/Ultrapop group whose infectious hook-laden three-minute bangers represent a new era where loud guitars and synthesizers can coexist and even party together. A band that once made L Magazine implore U2 to “move over and let Shapes on Tape seize the thrown(sic),” Shapes on Tape asks the question, “What if Walter Mondale had won?”
Genre-hopping producer/multi-instrumentalist/90s groovebox enthusiast Adam Kruckenberg, formerly of Midwest glam legend Vibralux, and guitarist/poet Jason Matuskiewicz, a veteran of beloved Lexington, KY band Candidate, began collaborating in 2014, but they didn’t complete their sound, best described as a sonic assault of feels, until they expanded SoT to include drum savant and overall swell guy Justin Heaverin of Noisebody and The Silver Tongues.
Matuskiewicz’s lyrics and straightforward style walk the line between high and low concept with an abrupt 3-chord frankness that never takes itself seriously, while Kruckenberg’s powerful vocals and synthetic re-imaginings take the songs to epic proportions.
Combined with Heaverin’s unstoppable groove, you could be forgiven for wondering when The Boss had time to do a secret collaboration with Erasure. With the help of Grammy-nominated producer and Hedwig alum Justin Craig, SoT’s forthcoming album Legends in The Process is sure to be a supersonic, beer-fueled dreamscape littered with the carcasses of -waves and -cores.
Sounds like: The imaginary greatest band that ever existed that haunted your dreams when you were 8 years old.