The Artists

The Shape

November 18th, 2013

Groove / Timbre / Shock San Francisco, CA, USA •

“We are because we are not. I want to say we weren’t because we can’t.”


Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: Matt: Flock and/or Murder, or Murder Flood, as it is often known to the band, is derived from a historical survey tracing to the roots of modern groove. Interpretation of newly electric rhythm from the corners of the globe, via the 1960’s, is a heavy influence on the soul of this number. The message, however, is not to be taken lightly. It is a graphic song. When your body lay open to the predators of nature, your true self will become exposed as if it were snow revealing the ground.

A: Mark: I have very strong memories of when we first put this song together, at Jaquith’s house in Hardwick. He was at work, and Matt and I had taken some mushrooms, and he said “here is a lil’ thing I wrote”. We pretty much had the groove and sequence a few hours later. I just see it as something that is super primal. It is hard to be too intellectual with a groove when you are on a bunch of psychedelics, so I see it as very primal and pretty simplistic. It excites the shit out of me because we improvise on it, a lot. I think we just play the fuck out of it honestly.

Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: Mark: I don’t think of it too much as in teaching or what is meant to be understood of it. To me it’s just a physical and primal thing. That is what I am internalizing when we play it.

A: Matt: I would like listeners to craft their own interpretation of our music as it comes from such a mysterious place; it holds no concrete truth except for that of the listener, because that is really how it is. The Shape is creating music to challenge what we have come to know as music, and our music is an embodiment of that challenge. We want the listener to explore just as much as we are. If time is ever passing, then so is music, so enjoy the ride.

Q: How can people support you further?
A: Matt: Tell your friends that The Shape is cool; we will play any show, anytime, for anything. We will easily chew shards of glass whilst raining down terror of biblical proportions. We will also pray quietly with you, in your church of choice, our venue is as specific as the music we play, in that it holds no truth on the overall meaning. Just note The Shape is down, we will bring the ruckus upon request. We especially like it if you send notice via carrier pigeon.

A: Mark: I think we are all at a place that financially we are OK, we do not want to work anymore. The best way to do this is spread the word. Take some time to listen to our music because it is not the most accessible music in the world. If you truly like it, tell someone about it. All our media is free, we do not need you to donate a $1 a track or whatever. If you believe in it tell someone about it.

A: Andrew: They can care on some level, have a real interest, a developed interest and whatever that means to that person. If they noticed then it means I care.

Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: Mark: Have something that continuously evolves so I never have an ultimate vision for anything.

A: Andrew: What kind of question is this? I cant answer that. (Work) is something that people will gain something or anything, some scrap of insight, into the world, then that is sufficient.

A: Matt: To create music that entices the listener’s hearts and minds to beautiful battles in which they have stark revelations on what they perceive is music.

Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: I hope so. The ones that you enjoy most. “Fast and bulbous, got me?” It fortunately or unfortunately does not fall into genre(s). Unique and subject to change over time. Groove, Timbre and Shock.

Featured image (above) photographed by Isabella Clarke for Unraveled during the Unraveled Tours show at The Night Light in Oakland on 6/6/15.

“Technically, The Shape are something like indie-rock in the vein of the Flaming Lips, but what you really hits one’s ears is esoteric; hard to pin down with genre qualifiers. Self described as “fast and bulbous”, other common threads in their music are charismatic vocal delivery, with a penchant for theatrics, and songs that however dark, are played with a light touch, producing mystery.“ – Arjun Ray, Unraveled

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