26 Jun Artist Profile: Shapes on Tape
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Artist Profile: Shapes on Tape (and some Jason Matuskiewicz solo tracks too)
Style: Electro Pop, Electro Rock, Synth Pop, Dance, 80s
Key words: Upbeat, Love, Cosmic, Nostalgic, Friendship, Relationships, Desire, Overwhelming, Emotional, Playful, Fun, Video Games, Bright, Light, Waiting, Uplifting
This Brooklyn based Brew-Wave/Ultrapop group, is one that aims to (and does so) create infectious hook-laden three minute bangers that represent a new era where loud guitars and synthesizers can coexist and even party together. L Magazine once cried out for the Irish heavy weights and absolute legends U2 to “Move over and let Shapes on Tape seize the thrown(sic).” Mighty praise indeed. These guys move easily from dance to grit, and have a heavy 80s synth pop feel when they go for the former. They’re full of fun, light and an honest groove.
The band is (according to themselves) made up of “genre hopping producer/multi-instrumentalist/90’s groovebox enthusiast Adam Kruckenberg, formerly of Midwest glam legend Vibralux, and guitarist/poet (and, a veteran of beloved Lexington, KY band Candidate” They began collaborating in 2014, but weren’t complete “until they expanded the band to include drum savant and overall swell guy, Justin Heaverin of Noisebody and The Silver Tongues.”
Matuskiewicz’s lyrics and straightforward style walk the line between high and low concept with an abrupt 3-chord frankness that never takes itself seriously, while Kruckenberg’s powerful vocals and synthetic re-imaginings take the songs to epic proportions. Combined with Heaverin’s unstoppable groove, you could be forgiven for wondering when The Boss had time to do a secret collaboration with Erasure. With the help of Grammy nominated producer and Hedwig alum Justin Craig, their forthcoming album “Legends in The Process” is sure to be a supersonic dreamscape.
Also in the AMP catalogue you are to find some tracks of Jason’s solo output. These are more straight up Singer Songwriter tracks, often in a Space Folk direction, and more beseeching, American sounding vocals, that are a delight in their passionate delivery. Come by for a listen!
Video: “Still believe in Love”
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Jeanette Rehnstrom & Shapes on Tapes