The Shapes
received 03.06

Boy Girl Banter

The Shapes are Tonia Samman (Vox/Guitar), Mark Allen (Vox/Guitar), Brent Gonzalez (Guitars), Dmitry Dodin (Bass), and Anthony Rand (Drums). They formed in the fall of 2004 by the band’s frontpeople – Mark and Tonia. The two singer/songwriters previously collaborated on The Daisy Chain where much of The Shapes original material is drawn from.

Their seven-song EP sounds like an evolved version of stripped-down 70's era garage punk. The savage energy is intact, but informed by unexpected bands ranging from The Cure to Franz Ferdinand. The Shapes songs are complex pop gems with a powerful sound all their own. The record was engineered by Kato at Threshold Studios in Hell’s Kitchen and mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Iggy Pop, White Stripes, Ryan Adams).

The Shapes have shared the stage with the likes of The Bravery, Jonny Lives!, The Upwelling, Langhorne Slim, The Hong Kong, Rockethouse, and The Rinse. The band is playing a number of music conferences in September and October including NEMO in Cambridge, The Baltimore Music Conference and The CMJ Music Conference in NYC.

Two of their songs, “How It Goes” and “Dreaming of an M16” are featured in a Norwegian snowskating movie, Adieu, and they have created a buzz on college radio stations around the country. Church of Girl is no exception. I can't tell you how many times I have heard The Shapes on Church of Girl Radio and asked, "Who is this?" They get me every time!

By Christopher Dylan Massey + Church of Girl
Published 19. October. 2006