Popular Shapes / Bikini Style
Album: Bikini Style   Collection:General
Artist:Popular Shapes   Added:Nov 2003
Label:On/On Switch  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-03-01 Pull Date: 2004-05-03
Week Ending: Apr 11 Apr 4 Mar 21 Mar 14 Mar 7
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. May 06, 2017: Buford J. Sharkley Presents: As Told to Hervey Okkles
Everyone Hawaiian
4. Mar 31, 2004: sad and dangerous
Elevator Friends
2. Apr 01, 2009: Demo
Elevator Friends
5. Mar 18, 2004: Mr. Sparkle Challenge
Elevator Friends
3. Apr 07, 2004: press and release
Everyone Hawaiian
6. Mar 09, 2004: Today is an Insidious Day (To Blow Up a Post Office)
Outrageous Math Test

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-03-03
PURE ROCK N’ ROLL ENERGY!!! From Seattle, Popular Shapes play driving punk with a sound framed largely in power pop but paying diligent respect to artsy punk and a touch of no wave. Most of the time it works really fucking well!!!! The vocals are excellent, with a midrange tone that vaguely reminds me of Johnny Rotten. Play with such icons as Les Savy Fav, Unwound. Also, the Pixies come quickly to mind. There are some excellent tracks here. 7, 8, 4 ,1, 5.

1. relentless, a lot of fun, another voice that approximates rotten
2. driving with a big chorus, in your fucking face, poppy at end
3. bouncy, accented, then a powerpoppy chorus w/ backing vocals
4. opens w/ drums, more garagy, very effective break w/ layers of vox
5. slow sinister midtempo, mathy guitars, could be from DC
6. guitar riff + turnaround repetition, doesn’t quite work for me.
7. floor tom it, here we go, driving, some noise, excellent energy
8. proggy guitar leads, bouncy tempo, dissonant guitar interplay
9. power pop, this will sell, guys, yes, but don’t do it, don’t do it!

Track Listing
1. Everyone Hawaiian   5. Flattered You're Terrified
2. Speedboat   6. Ads on Police Cars
3. Symmetrical Girl   7. Elevator Friends
4. Refrigerators Too Large   8. Fluorescent Bikes Depressing
  9. Outrageous Math Test