Micachu & The Shapes

Micachu & The Shapes

Micachu & The Shapes

Cluny, Newcastle

July 16th 2015

With a new album packed full of exciting new tracks Micachu & The Shapes debut a plethora of these, alongside old favourites in front of an adoring audience.

With the announcement of a new album Good Sad Happy Bad, the incomparable Micachu and her band The Shapes have taken to the road to showcase a heap of new tracks and old favourites too. Yet first up are new local band Canyons, their sound firmly routed in indie rock altogether pleasant but nothing groundbreaking.

The meagre moments of excitement were swept away as technical demons crept in towards the end of the set, but the band soldiered despite the lack of what seemed to be their signature guitar sound. Yet guitarist Jonny does dance along aimlessly much to everyone’s amusement, having just released their first single  I’m sure we shall hear a lot more of these guys though.

Micachu & The Shapes

Having had no real need to be warmed up due to the soaring temperatures, Micachu and her band take to the stage. With their new album cut from long jam sessions and being wholly collaborative, this translated infinitely well into the live arena. These winding instrumentals filled with impressive riffs and funky samples were all held down by Marc Pell’s primitive drumming.

Their boundless creativity and effortless approach shines through, as the band knuckle down into this spellbinding set. The collaborative chemistry easily identified by the knowing looks passed around as they wow this audience. For the most part their beguiling instrumentals rule the air, Oh Baby sounds intense and unimaginably wonderful this evening.

Micachu & The Shapes

The newer tracks certainly see these guys delving more into the experimental side of their sound, but they’re all the better for it from high pitched excited squeals to dark squelching riffs. This set was rounded off with an exceptional rendition of Lips. There is clearly a lot of love in the room tonight and rightly so as Micachu And The Shapes surpass all expectations and leave everyone in complete awe of their collaborative brilliance.


Micachu & The Shapes can be found online here micachu.biz. They’re also on Facebook.

All words and photos by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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