They have worked day and night in a basement studio in Soho NYC for 4 weeks to record an album with producer Gus Oberg (The Strokes). The result was our debut LP ‘Taka Come On’, which captures the gritty and frenetic energies of city life.
Adam Erick Wallace, followed the band around with a super 8 camera for a couple of weeks shooting on b/w film. This visual for “Woah Tiger” is the lead-in single and frantic first 3 minutes of a film that spans the entirety of the album, which we are releasing on April 8th, 2014.
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Here is some of the early industry buzz around the band:
“Epic” – SPIN
“… a strange sort of calm we can’t deny.” – Earmilk
“… a bass-heavy, atmospheric rock aesthetic and frenetic live shows that draw comparisons to Radiohead and Alt-J.” – BPM
“… the Shapes accomplish the ever difficult task of creating their own musical world, a complex sonic universe that is far from predictable.” – The Deli
“Seductively-crafted Intelligent Alt Rock.” – Bushwick Daily
“When the opening band has as big or an even bigger crowd than the headliner, it’s often a clue that they’re on their way up.” – NYCTaper
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Below is the Official Press Release from www.walkingshapes.com
Band Creates Dizzying Love Letter to New York with “Woah Tiger” Video Premiering on Bullett Today
Shot entirely on 8mm film, “Woah Tiger” is a teaser clip for Taka Come On, a full-length “visual album” of sorts created by New York up-and-comers Walking Shapes. The album, recorded with Gus Oberg (The Strokes), is a fierce and eclectic ode to New York City, a city that needs no qualifiers when it comes to legend-making art. Featuring Nathaniel Hoho on vocals and guitar; Jesse Kotansky on guitar, violin, vocals ; Jake Generalli on keys, vocals; Dan Krysa on bass and vocals; and Christopher Heinz on drums, Walking Shapes meld driving guitars, intricate arrangements and visually evocative songwriting into stunning audio refractions on New York’s sonic landscape. The album will be accompanied by an album-length video from which “Woah Tiger” is taken.
Musically, Woah Tiger” sets the tone for Taka Come On – fast paced, slightly grimy and sexy – with Hoho’s soaring falsetto riding a sonically churning wave, evolving into a primal scream as the verse hits the chorus. Visually, director Adam Erick Wallace tracks the band roaming — or are they raging? — through their favorite Brooklyn and Manhattan haunts, capturing glimpses of their life on and off the stage, including a residency at Baby’s All Right, the first residency EVER at what has now become THE Brooklyn venue du jour.
If “Woah Tiger” walks a similar path to My Morning Jacket’s Evil Urges, the album itself is so versatile, yet concise, that the band’s influences are hard to pinpoint. While an extensive guitar solo wouldn’t be out of place on a REO Speedwagon record, the organized chaos of a song like “Winter Fell” could be the bastard child of Syd Barrett’s post-Pink Floyd albums and Kings of Leon’s Because Of The Times. Yet ultimately Walking Shapes craft catchy pop songs, such as driven “The Right Time” or the powerful ballad “Find Me.”
Stay tuned for the full-length video accompanying Taka Come On, and don’t miss Walking Shapes riveting live show when they play near you!