Bent Shapes: August 25, 2013 South Street Seaport – Flac/MP3/Streaming

August 27, 2013

Bent Shapes Carrie
[photo by Carrie Lynch]

They don’t come often, perfect days in NYC. I made my way downtown to the South Street Seaport on Sunday for a show. As soon as I stepped outside, it was obvious that this was one of those late Summer afternoons when the oppressive heat is over and the chill of Autumn has yet to arrive, and there is not a cloud in the sky and the air quality is as perfect it can be in this City. At the Seaport, Bill Pearis has been producing the Soundbites Concert Series for several years now, and its a sin that I had never seen a single episode, despite that Bill’s musical knowledge and ability to pick next-big-thing bands is second to none. This year I made it just in time, since this week was this year’s final in the series and featured Boston’s Bent Shapes. The band had spent its first three years of existence known as Girlfriends, releasing several 7 inch singles, and becoming a regular in the local DIY scene. But 2013 turned a new page for the trio. The band changed its name to Bent Shapes and this month released its first full length album. Sunday’s thirty-minute 12-song set was an excellent lesson in getting to the point. Bent Shapes play what could be described as punk-pop, indie rock, or power pop — but forget the labels. This is a trio of excellent musicians who play excellent songs and don’t mess around.   In terms of the vitals, the set consisted of 7 of the 11 tracks from the new album Feels Weird (Father/Daughter Records), and couple of new songs.  When I came downtown the only thing left to convert a beautiful day into a perfect one was some superb music. On Sunday, that was Bent Shapes.

I recorded this set by mounting the Sennheiser cards at the stage lip and mixing with a board feed. The mics picked up primarily the instruments on stage and the board was vocal heavy, but mixed together the sources created an ideal mix and an outstanding recording. Enjoy!

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Bent Shapes
South Street Seaport
Soundbites Concert Series
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-08-26

[Total Time 29:58]
01 Big Machines
02 Bites and Scratches
03 Leave It Til You Need It
04 86d in 03
05 Panel of Experts
06 [banter]
07 Hex Maneuvers
08 It Seems Dumb
09 Leave Some Space
10 What Do You Get
11 What We Do is Public
12 [banter – thanks]
13 Norms Out
14 Behead Yrself Pt 2

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