the shapes

the shapes


One listen to their contagious boy/girl banter and driving upbeat rhythms will send their disk straight onto your Ipod!


These four guys and a girl play an infectious breed of New York City garage pop that will keep you bouncing in your seat. Their music is reminiscent of the CBGB's scene of the 70's, complete with fierce hooks and razor blade guitars, but with influences ranging from The Cure to The Pixies to Franz Ferdinand, The Shapes create a sound all their own.

The band has played at many notable New York City venues including Mercury Lounge, Northsix, Knitting Factory, Southpaw, Piano's, CBGB's, Luna Lounge, The Delancey, and Crash Mansion. They have toured in many UK cities at venues including the ABC in Glasgow, and Camden Barfly in London. They have shared the stage with bands such as The Bravery, Jonny Lives!, Jill Cunniff (of Luscious Jackson), The Upwelling, Uncut, A Place to Bury Strangers, and many more. The band has been selected to play in several conferences including the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, NEMO in Boston, Verge in Boston, NXNE in Toronto, The Midwest Music Conference in Indianapolis, The Baltimore Music Conference, and the Philadelphia City Paper Playoffs.

In November '06, The Shapes won the Grand Prize in the CMJ/Zig Zag Competition voted on by fans from all over the country. They were also voted as runner up in's "Get Exposed" National battle of the bands competition in January '07, and they won a trip to San Francisco to perform to a sold out crowd at The Elbo Room.

Their self-titled debut CD was released in the summer of 2005, recorded at Threshold Studios in New York City, and Mastered at Avatar Studios with Fred Kevorkian (White Stripes, Ryan Adams, Iggy Pop). The record was spun on over 150 college radio stations nationwide and charted on 16 of them.

The Shapes also composed and performed the theme song for A&E TELEVISION's reality series, "DALLAS SWAT," which premiered on January 5th, 2006. The show airs every Thursday at 10PM, and is currently in its second season. Two of The Shapes tracks, "Dreaming of an M16" and "How it Goes," appeared on the soundtrack of the Independent snowskating film "Adieu" by Switchfilm Productions. The movie was released in the fall of 2005. Their songs, "Bordeaux" and "Monochrome" were recently played on MTV's new reality show, "MADE".... their song, "Birthday Song" aired on CW's "Gossip Girl", and "Overflow" was featured on CBS Television's "The Unit".

The band just finished recording their first full length record with Producers Gus Van Go & Werner F (The Stills, Priestess) at Boiler Room Studios in Brooklyn, New York entitled, "Faces We Make When We Dance" and will perform live on Fox Television's "Fearless TV" in early 2008.

Band Contact:
Mark Allen

Legal Representation
Todd Lawlor, Esq.
Lawlor & Rella LLP
551 Fifth Avenue , 28th Floor
New York , New York 10176
t: 917.561.7815
f: 212.712.8855

You Can Purchase The Shapes debut CD online at Ampcamp,, Tower Records, and ITUNES.


"The Shapes" - Self Titled (August 2005)

"Behind The Blue" - Single Track recorded for A&E Television (January 2006)

"Face We Make When We Dance" - 2007

Set List

Venues typically allow 45 minute setlists... we mix our set up depending on the show to keep people on their toes. We usually play between 8-10 songs per set

Here is a list of the songs we perform:
*Ten Seconds
*Tunnel Vision
*Give It Up
*Dreaming of an M16
*Birthday Song
*Claim Your Prize
*How It Goes
*Dry On Ice
*Chain Reaction
*Mercury Rising
*Escape from New York
*Dance in Heaven
*Behind The Blue (A&E Theme Song)
*I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones Cover)

The Shapes write and perform all of their own original material.