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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Popular Shapes

After reading all matter of effusive praise from the sad breed of message board motherfuckers, and an run-of-the-mill interview in the late Blank Generation online zine, I got curious about The Popular Shapes. While quotes such as 'Dude, Teengenerate should be regarded as the best poets of the last decade' in said interview did little to inspire confidence, seeing some video footage on their labels website made them look interesting enough to warrant a purchase.

I like 'em, though not nearly as much as the A-Frames, The Intelligence, The Cripples, The Hunches, The Hospitals and other bands that have sprang out of the fertile Northwest scene as of late. The Popular Shapes sound like they are in love with Le Shok, a band that I've never seen the big deal about (I've never saw them live, which may be a factor in my lack of enthusiasm), and the nasal vocal gymnastics owe a debt to whatever the name of said band's junkie jerk-off singer. The Shapes are welcomingly busy, with bizarre herky-jerky rhythms and some much appreciated production flourishes (love the out-of-nowhere screaming from a room away on 'Ads On Police Cars', dig the backing vocals over the speedy guitar line on the chorus of 'Symmetrical Girl' ). 'Flattered You're Terrified', my favorite song, and best executed song on the record, starts slow (and like the best bands in Seattle, sounds like The Fall), before careening into a lush, catchy bridge that could have easily been written by the Pixies. Yep, a good band alright. Incredible? Earth Shattering? Amazing? Not really, but far better then adequate, and I would have loved to have seen them live. Did I mention they have broken up? It's a shame because they sound like a band still solidifying, with their best material on it's way.

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