I See Shapes are a five piece band based in Guildford with a simple goal - to write hook laden alt-pop.
Big guitars, pulsating keys, infectious beats, and sing along choruses, I See Shapes have been likened to the Foals and The 1975. Emerging from months of experimentation in the studio, the band released their debut EP in May 2019 to be followed by their debut album “Relativism”, due in May 2020.
She's In My Head
The band’s debut single, “She’s in my Head”, is an all out party banger about being hopelessly infatuated (emphasis on “hopeless”) and a favourite to play live. The video is a basic concept (a literal visual interpretation of each line of the lyrics) but with some bizarre results, perfectly encapsulating the band’s sense of fun and humour. For anyone new to the band and wanting to get a sense of what they’re about, this video and song says it all in 3 fun minutes.
“Day Dream” is a (fun) song about losing your mind (not so fun), written in the midst of a mental health breakdown. Musically, it was initially conceived and demoed around a sample of a Ko-kyu sound (a traditional japanese instrument) and the initial demo sample is still in this final version. We’re not sure how many party bangers there are which sample the Ko-kyu in the UK, but we reckon it’s pretty unique. Set to pounding drums, a booming piano, organs, and lots of gang vocals, it’s another fun song packed with pop hooks.
Quiz time - What is the most valuable liquid in the world? This question and its answer (scorpion venom) was the starting point for the video to Voodoo. It’s a simple story of boy meets scorpion; a tale of friendship blossoming from greed.
Fun Fact - Before it was a concept for a music video, the protagonist’s scorpion plan was originally a failed business idea by one of the band members (turns out milking scorpions is quite hard and not very nice).
I See Shapes debut EP, released May 2019.
“A Slice of pure pop”
“Great pop single”
I See Shapes are a five piece based in Guildford, Surrey (UK). Whilst a relatively new group, the individual members of the band have extensive experience touring and recording in bands such as No Consequence, Scholars, and JB Conspiracy to name but a few.
Coming off the back of their debut singles and EP in 2019, the band are setting up for an even bigger 2020 with the release of their first full length album, “Relativism”. The album is a pop manifesto conceived during a mental breakdown with dreams of festival stages at a time when leaving the house wasn’t an option!
Likes: Pop, rock, sexy dancing, making videos which people think are too weird, writing pop bangers, Craig David.
Dislikes: Writing press packs, load-out at the end of the night, panic attacks.
Perfect date night: Writing a new song
FROM THE BAND.
“2019 was an exciting first year for I See Shapes. We released our debut single in March (“She’s In My Head”) followed by two more singles and then our debut EP in May. The reaction has been beyond what we hoped for - lots of lovely messages from random places and in 6 months the EP had clocked up 145k Spotify plays. And we got played on BBC radio and other stations a bunch of times which pleased our mums.
In support of the releases we have played every gig we can get and watching us develop and improve as a live act has been one of the most pleasing aspects of the year. We’ve learnt a lot, know who we are more as a band, and it’s already showing in the writing of our second album.
However, before that we are scheduled to release our debut album “Relativism” in May 2020 and we can’t wait for people to hear it (we know every band says this but we mean it more).”
FOR FANS OF.
Foals, Friendly Fires, Don Broco, The 1975, Everything Everything
BBC Introducing - “Cracking Track”
Eagle Radio - “Brilliant!’
Wey Valley Radio -
“A Powerhouse of songwriting talent”
BBC Introducing (Melita Dennet) -
“A cracker of a track”
“Poptastic” “Penchant for quirky videos”
Mystic Sons website -
She’s in my head
“A bold, Foals-inspired pop-rock belter”
“They are a band who want to go on stage and make sure people have a good time, and that song will”
Wey Valley Radio - She’s In My Head
Released in May 2019, the record features three singles plus two acoustic tracks. This is the perfect intro to the band and represents exactly what we’re all about - big choruses you want to sing along to and verses you want to shake your ass to.
“a great little piece of pop rock mastery, full of virulently catchy hooks, fantastic songwriting and really great production. I feel like this is only a really small taste of what they’re going to be offering us in the future”
Set for release in May 2020 with supporting singles “Burn”, “I call, I text”, “Guess Who”, and “Seatbelts”. The album has a diverse mix of pop sounds and covers topics from one night stands and breakups to mental breakdowns and family deaths.