Walking Shapes: May 15, 2013 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

August 8, 2013


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. So it went for this Walking Shapes show at Glasslands, where even on the earlier side the club had a packed house — and for a band that didn’t have a single record out. Now, they do — the Brooklyn band released their Mix Tape (Vol. 1) in increments throughout July, and now the full LP is available free from No Shame Records and on their bandcamp page. (It’s also on Spotify as well). The band’s sound on record shares some of the nostalgic glaze that’s made Foxygen such a hit this year, with an equal nod to some of the better moments of the Britpop sound that ruled the mid-90s.

Which is all to say that Walking Shapes are a very accessible band; this is music for the masses, nothing obtuse about it. Listen to the big-chorus-driven “Keep”, for example, and imagine how that song could possibly not make it on the radio. For that reason, the band’s live show seemed almost incongruous with the intimate Glasslands setting. As they played song after song of big-tent, bombastic rock, I kept feeling like I ought to be in Terminal 5. Musically tight, well-rehearsed and armed with heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics to go with it, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them get there.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recording from this night, with a pair of Naiant X-X omnidirectional mics split at the stage lip, our installed Naiant X-R mics in the audience and a soundboard feed by Glasslands engineer Jeremy. Owing to Jeremy’s extremely tight mix plus the additional pair of mics, this is a truly outstanding recording. Enjoy!

Walking Shapes play the Knitting Factory on September 3 with Seasick Mama. Get your tickets [HERE]

Stream “Pusher”

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Walking Shapes
Brooklyn, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

[Naiant X-X (split omni, ROC stagelip, 3ft split) + Soundboard (engineer: Jeremy)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]] + [Naiant X-R (cardiod, DFC, ORTFish)>Sound Devices USBPre2 (clock sync to R-44)>Sony PCM-D50]>6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tube effect)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, light parallel compression, tagging, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Zombies
02 Pusher
03 Mechanical Arms
04 Keep
05 Elle Deadsex
06 Waves (XYZ)
07 Measure for Measure
08 Horse

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Walking Shapes, like them on facebook, and buy Mixtape (Vol. 1) from No Shame [HERE]

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