Earlier this afternoon Boston’s guitar pop titans, Bent Shapes announced that they will cease to exist after a farewell show at Great Scott on December 16th. This is particularly bad news for those of us who gravitate to intelligent songwriting, razor sharp hooks, and punk infused jangle. Bent Shapes had all three in spades, which is expertly displayed on last years Wolves Of Want, which the band issued on Slumberland Records. Formed in 2009 as Girlfriends by Ben Potrykus and Andy Sadoway who for the better part of the last 10 years have honed a unique blend of literal guitar pop with liberal doses of fuzz and social consciousness. By 2012, with an expanded line up the band changed their name to Bent Shapes and released a superb debut full length, Feels Weird on Father/Daughter Records. Hey Bent Shapes: thanks for existing as long as you did, for the songs that are embedded in my psyche and the ripping Live shows.
Official Statement From Bent Shapes:
“After over 8 years of basement shows, tours, flexi discs, name changes, membership fluctuations, TV spots, meeting musical heroes, minivan mayhem, and dirty sprites, we’re laying these Shapes to rest,” they write, adding: “We’d like to thank each and every one of you that has had a hand in making this band what it’s been. Thank you for helping us book shows, for playing with us, for working on our gear, for coming out to see us on a weeknight, for letting us sleep on your floors and couches, for buying our records or streaming our songs, for telling your friends about our music. None of the many good times we’ve had would have been possible without you. Extra special thanks to our families, close friends, and loved ones, who have had to both fan the flames of our musical passion/obsession at times and tolerate them at others, particularly to Jerry MacDonald of Oddfellows Recording/Aurora 7 Records, Ian Doerr and Evan Murphy of Love Magnet Studios (f/k/a Mystic Steamship), Jessi Frick of Father/Daughter Records, Elio DeLuca at the Soul Shop, and Mike Schulman of Slumberland Records. You made our dreams come true.”
Bent Shapes will play their final show at Great Scott on December 16th alongside Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!and Laika’s Orbit. Tickets will be available on Thursday at noon at Bowery Boston. A proper send off for one of Boston’s finest.