Andrew - drums
Lee - bass guitar
Nicholas - guitar, vocals
Trent - guitar
Riding in the same Seattle sailboat as A Frames, The Intelligence and The Dipers, Popular Shapes are
spitting out punk energy like loose teeth. Like a long-overdue trip to the bathroom, Popular Shapes
send out paranoid pangs of excitement and relief. Buzzing guitars fight like school-children in the park
while a throbbing melody is quickly extracted from the bass. Beehive-like in the furious activity, each
Popular Shapes song flutters like a bat in daylight. Various nail-bitten acts are called to mind throughout
a single track, from the jittery blues of The Fall and the bottle-tossing spunk of Le Shok to the hyperventilated
pop of the Dickies. Popular Shapes toss more into a minute and a half than most groups put towards an entire album.
It's assumed that the listener will be knocked to the ground on the first spin; only after half a dozen listens does
it become possible to dissect and compute what is heard.
While still in their formative years, Popular Shapes have sent many frenzied record fiends to dusty record
shop counters. Their debut full-length Bikini Style set a new bar for art-damaged pop-punk, each track
toppling into the next like a coarse set of dominoes. Relentless energy and a spastic catchiness are two of the
tools Popular Shapes utilize within every dive bar or chunk of wax.
White Denim is flattered (and possibly terrified) to be releasing one of two new 7" singles by Popular Shapes,
splitting the release with the great punk label Hate the Eighties. A band as spontaneous and combustible as
Popular Shapes is not guaranteed to exist forever, making it all the more imperative to create as many permanent
documents of Popular Shapes' work as possible.
Popular Shapes official homepage
On On Switch
Hate the Eighties
Blank Generation interview