Micachu G.S.H.B cover art

Can it really be three years since the last Micachu & The Shapes album? Apparently so, but the wait for new material by the group of friends, we’re pleased to say, is now over with a new album, titled Good Sad Happy Bad, due out on 11th September 2015. Stream “Oh Baby” off the album above, find more out about it below…

The press release explains how the album came about – and in particular how it might never have been…

“Micachu & The Shapes’ return … is almost an accident: the trio of friends decided to rehearse in an East London studio, and found themselves immersed into an hours-long jam. Drummer Marc Pell had an Edirol field recorder in hand, and unbeknownst to his bandmates, recorded the whole session; Pell, Mica Levi, and Raisa Khan were so enamored of those off-the-cuff udio experiments that they became the underpinnings of a new record.”

Says Mica Levi, composer of one of last year’s most impressive and well received film scores (Under The Skin)…

“For me it’s the most free we have been”. Rather than showing up to the studio with songs written out, the trio started with a collaborative improvisation, from which Levi chose sections to develop into songs, writing lyrics to the entire record “non-stop, in one avalanche.”

We’re told the new album “maintains the experimental-pop sensibility the band has brought to previous efforts, combining the lightness and bounce of their best singles with the sonic textures of field recordings, industrial effects alongside straightforward instrumentation. Levi’s affected vocals eschew easily readable emotional tone, instead relying on quixotic lyricism, repetition, and immersion into the song’s landscape, to evoke warmly – rather than show – the sentiments underpinning the songs.”

Commenting on the record’s “irrepressible energy” in regards to the live recording process, Raisa Khan comments: “Jams are really quite a healthy release, it’s a way of getting stuff out without consciously thinking about it or making decisions.”

Conversely, because the band worked out the final mixes together over a number of months – rather than in a traditional, multi-track studio over a shorter period – Pell found a new degree of creativity. “I think the best drum part I have ever written is the stick-clicking at the beginning of ‘Peach’ – a moment, he explains, that he wouldn’t have been able to notice without the luxury of seeing the recorded tracks as more than simply songs, but as collections of sonic ideas.

Micachu & The Shapes will perform at Bold Tendencies, Floors 7-10, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4TG on July 30th bringing their noisy tempest of a live show back for a UK tour in July (dates below) and a full tour later this autumn around the album’s release…

  • 15/07/2015 Wed UK Glasgow Broadcast
  • 16/07/2015 Thu UK Newcastle Cluny 2
  • 20/07/2015 Mon UK Brighton Green Door Store
  • 27/07/2015 Mon UK Leicester Firebug
  • 28/07/2015 Tue UK Manchester Soup Kitchen
  • 30/07/2015 Thurs UK London Bold Tendencies

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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