The Shape of the Earth
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The Shape of the Earth

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"Review- Jason Upright (Capitol, EMI)"

Review of "Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?"
“Concerning the new album by TSOTE entitled Do I Dare Disturb The
Universe?, I would say... it is GREAT.
The debut LP from SoCal indie rock band honestly doesn't have a weak
track in the bunch. Do I Dare Disturb The Universe? is simple enough
to not overwhelm the listener, but yet also incorporates enough
variation and quirkiness to keep it interesting - a task very
difficult for minimalist indie-rock bands. In addition, lead singer
and songwriter Gavin Bascom is able to ride that fine line between
talking, singing, whispering, and sometimes bellowing. His voice
easily fluctuates amongst these different styles, while never sounding
like he's trying to put on a certain vocal "effect". Bascom also
accomplishes writing some very smart, clever, and relatable lyrics,
apparent even at the casual first listen.
Bascom isn't the only talent, however, as is apparent from all the
instrumentation- particularly the drumming. It's not easy to be a
drummer in this sort of band. There are tough decisions to be made about
where to play and where not to play, while maintaining a whole helluva
lot of dynamics. But, drummer Rich Boutwell does just that while keeping
it all sounding interesting.

In short, in a sea of indie-rock sameness, TSOTE rises above and
stands out from the rest of the flotsam and jetsam.” - Jason Upright - (Capitol, EMI, Revelation, Abacus, Superhero Artist Management, and DMI)

"Indie Music Filter"

From singer/songwriter Gavin Bascom, here’s the lead-off track off the self-released album Do I Dare Disturb The Universe? Gathering buzz both locally and across the web, Gavin’s introspective and fiercely personal set of songs have gained serious traction, landing a spot on the iTunes charts; an impressive feat for any debut songwriter. - Indie Music Filter

"Review/Interview by The Music Ninja"

I think especially in the 06’s and 07’s too many bands came out trying to sound sentimental and pushing themselves to become the next Dashboard Confessional. This only resulted into a stream of whinny little emo bands across the nation, more so here in Florida where Dashboard was born.

Has it become so difficult to be a soft rock band that doesn’t incorporate moaning, screaming and prolonging vocals that feel like they had just woken up before recording.

It is refreshing to see guys like The Shape Of The Earth coming with sincere and intimate music that doesn’t come across pretentious. A balance between mellow melodies and genuine emotion, The Shape Of The Earth is able to warm your heart without getting under your skin while still leaving some ambiguity for your mind to ponder. Lyrics are generally positive and focus more on painting a picture than pouring emotions over a tune.

They have a wonderful EP out titled “What Goes on Inside Your Cells” that contain some of my favorite songs from: Epilogue and My Defects. They have just released their debut LP and I had the wonderful chance to ask lead singer/songwriter Gavin Bascom a couple of questions about their music.

Q: First I would like to know how you came up with the band’s name, really curious to know if it in some way or another describes the movement behind your music.

Gavin Bascom: Well originally “The Shape Of The Earth” was the name of a song I’d written. I’d thought about the phrase a lot, and eventually thought it would be a good name; the nice thing about it is that it’s a good metaphor for how reality and perception of reality are both relative and absolute. To me the shape of the earth is both flat and round and sometimes hilly, all at the same time, while not really being any of those things alone, and you can’t describe in just one or two words. I wanted this project to have a similar ambiguity- the individual songs of the project would be expressions of whatever my particular perception was at a certain time, but it goes without saying that that perception will always change and each snapshot will become outdated. The project would then be all the songs but not any of them individually. It’s a great metaphor for both the style and the meaning: we have a very eclectic style that changes a lot from song to song but all together it has an over-arching meaning and style that develops as you follow along with it. In the end it’s the same with life and experience- the only way to really describe the process of living and gaining experience is to understand the concept of an aging, changing life and accept that we are the summation of all our experiences and not any one individually. The Shape Of The Earth is a perfect title for the project because the phrase sort of connotes something static that we accept as not changing, but that actually does. And that’s exactly what I wanted the music to be, an attempt to simplify and describe the ever-changing process that is life.

Of course the guys didn’t like it at first but nothing else really worked out so it kinda took after a while and now we don’t really think about it haha.

Q: What music did you guys grew up with? What artists do you guys listen to now?

Bascom: I grew up listening to my brother’s Nirvana CD’s and my Dad’s Beatles and Doors albums. Later I discovered indie rock and sort of fell in love with Death Cab, Modest Mouse, and everything on Barsuk or Kill Rock Stars. Then I developed a major thing for really quiet lush folk and emotionally driven sorts of things like Sufjan Stevens, Damien Jurado or Pedro The Lion. Oh and somewhere in there I fell in love with The Format. Kevin I know listened to most of the same stuff as me, although he also had a big thing for some harder stuff, like Brand New and Thrice. Rich and Chris both have a long long history with punk rock, namely Bad Religion and then later some of the Pop Punk stuff, although I think Rich is also into Ryan Adams and the Wallflowers kind of sound. All in all we have a pretty wide range of influences I would say.

Q: In your debut album Do I dare disturb the universe you have songs you can rock out to and others that are much softer with slower melodies and powerful lyrics, did you try to maintain a balance in the album?

Bascom: Yes and No. The album wasn’t as planned out as I would have liked it to be, it was originally supposed to be an EP while we worked on a full length for 2010. When we actually started on the songs though, we kind of got talked into spending more time and money on them and then ended up doing an extra 4 or 5 songs, and it sort of just came together as a full length. As for the balance me and Andy (the producer) both sort of noted it was pretty well balanced and so we weren’t too worried about it. I tend to write about 1/2 slow songs and 1/2 fast songs so I guess it’s naturally balanced.

Q: You describe your music as intimate, to which we agree, do you draw your lyrics from personal experience? What usually comes first the melodies or the lyrics?

Bascom: All of the lyrics are from experiences, although not all mine directly. The songs I listen to tend to be narrative-ish and I embraced that writing style a long time ago. As for lyrics/melodies order, I usually have a list of things I want to write about and then when I get a good melody I try to start fitting things until something sticks. Although sometimes I write poems that later I’ll adapt for songs if I feel like it would work.

Q: Although you guys are not exactly in “minimalists” genre, many of the songs adhere to a ‘less is more’ approach, how would you describe your music and the way you go about creating a song.

Bascom: Kevin and I both were once upon a time very strict minimalists (check out “Automatic Weaponry Part I” for a good example) and then when Rich joined and we got Andy to help with production we started seeing the power of good arrangements, although we’ve definitely stuck to the less is more dogma. The focus for me as a singer/songwriter at heart is the melody, and the arrangement is like the garnish. With the right phrasing and emphasis a song can go from great to incredible. The problem is when rich kids don’t spend enough time on the craft of songwriting and figuring out what its all about that they get impatient and shell out tons of cash for somebody to apply a formula and make a crappy song a little less crappy and lots of flashy. And then for some reason they get on the radio. (go fig)

Q: If you became a Ninja that could hide in the shadows at will and sneak up on people, how would you use your new found abilities?

Bascom: I would use them for good or for awesome. No exceptions. Also I would have a laser gun for one arm and a guitar for the other. And I would be some kinda robot. -

"Knox Road"

Hey, you! Yeah, you, with the flannel and Ray-Bans! Want some new Frightened Rabbit? Well, that’s too damn bad, wait until March! Listen to south Californians The Shape of the Earth instead!

On The Shape of the Earth’s newest full length, Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?, there are noted similarities between the two bands: the frank lyricism, anthemic choruses, and the similarities in the overall tone are striking. But then again, there’s more than enough to differentiate the two groups — think of Frightened Rabbit as more of a spiritual descendant to The Shape of the Earth than an aped influence.

And on their own, the three songs I’ve attached below — “Alone in This,” “An Audio Scribble Rock Star Wannabe,” and “Separate Lives” — all offer something slightly different from the last. Where the first and (especially) second songs are fast rockers, “Separate Lives” is a quieter, pretty ballad. All I could personally ask for is a bit more of the unbridled intensity that pokes its head out maybe once or twice a song. Every yelp is another Scot point for the band, ‘na mean? -


"They would at least Stay busy" June 2008 (Self Released EP)

"Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?" Oct 2009 (Self Released Full Length)



The Shape Of The Earth has garnered over 1.2 million online plays, sold thousands of both digital and physical CDs, shown up in the top ten charts at in every catergory, been a featured/showcase artist at 3 times, been named #14 best potential soundtrack artist of all time at, had 2 music videos in the top rated/favorited charts on youtube, and had an album in the top selling 100 albums in Singer/Songwriter/Folk on iTunes, completely independently. (No label, No management, No Agents thus far). They are the best kept secret of 2009 quietly but surely gaining momentum.

Singer/Songwriter Gavin Bascom self-released his debut EP They would at Least Stay Busy under the name The Shape Of The Earth in the summer 2008. The critical acclaim and enthusiasm Bascom had garnered through live performances and a strong online presence quickly created a local and international buzz across the nation. The introspective and fiercely personal set of songs became considered "soundtrack potential gold," and was soon featured in various videos and events, garnering over 800,000 online plays in a matter of months along with a spot on the iTunes charts, an impressive feat for any debut songwriter. Bascom has since added a full lineup including long time friend and songwriter Kevin Hull, and ex drummer from the former Pop Rock band Faulter Rich Boutwell. In the winter of 2009, the group entered the studio to record their debut LP, Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? with producer/song writer Andy Carpenter at Jon St. James’ famous Casbah Recording Studio. The Album was released in October of 2009, and already has been garnering critical acclaim and support from fans across the world.  The new album is considered a “natural progression” by Bascom from an intimate bedroom sound to a full sounding mature indie rock band, while maintaining the intimacy of
his personal themes and lyrics.