Gareth Evans - Vocals & Guitar / Jonathan Goldthorpe - Guitar & Vocals / Mike Ager - Bass & Vocals / Richard Wooding - Drums & Vocals
Black Shapes surfaced from the dark depths of the London hardcore scene back in 2011. After releasing a self titled 4 track EP, line-up changes were made and Gareth Evans (November Coming Fire on vocals) and Mike Ager (Jairus on bass) join the band, this turned out to be the catalyst Black Shapes needed.
Soon after in June 2012 the band released "Let Valhalla Burn" (the first release with the now established line-up which also includes original members Richard Wooding on Drums and Jon Goldthorpe on Guitar) a one track single/video to high acclaim. The single received its debut play on the BBC Radio 1 Rock show with Daniel P Carter while the video was a featured video on the Rock Sound website and Scuzz TV.
It was this single that got them noticed by SGR Management (Mallory Knox, TRC,Feed The Rhino, Polar, Departures) and soon afterwards they joined the company's impressive roster.
With the success "Let Valhalla Burn" the band wasted no time getting back in the studio this time with Steve Sears (Gallows, Spy Catcher, TRC) at the helm to record their 2nd four track EP "In The Mourning Light" (available from our store on 7"). Drawing on influences such as American Nightmare and The Hope Conspiracy, the EP mixes frantic fretwork and unrelenting speed with down tempo, gloomy breakdowns. Gareth Evans' desperation soaked vocals make his past efforts with November Coming Fire seem like a practice run. Released in October 2012, and backed up by a video for track "Behind My Dead Eyes" the EP captured the energy from their live performances and received rave reviews
"Black Shapes will definitely be one to watch - Big Cheese"
"11 minutes of furiously fast paced hardcore - Rocksound"
It was this EP and In At The Deep End Records former connection with Black Shapes frontman (November Coming Fire & Tortuga), that made IATDE decide they could no longer sit on the side lines and monitor Black Shapes progression, it was time to back the band so in April 2013 Black Shapes joined respected independent label IATDE Records.
Black Shapes will be back in the Studio with Steve Sears in April 2013 to record their debut album that will sees the band become a much heavier beast, with Gareth now also adding 2nd guitar and the rest of the band adding vocals. If the demos for the album are anything to go by Black Shapes will be delivering one the most exciting and crushing records from the UK for a decade.
For fans of: Baroness, Converge, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, Black Sabbath
Black Shapes debut album is due Autumn 2013 which we can now announce will be entitled 'Sleep Sleep Sleep'. In the meantime check out 'Mummy's Little Darlings' a short documentary on the recording of 'Sleep Sleep Sleep' videoed between the 12th and the 21st of April 2013 at Steve Sears studio in Watford, UK.
9th Jan 2014 Two more weeks till Black Shapes hit the road with Giants Two more weeks and the mighty Black Shapes will be taking their bludgeoning gloomcore out on the road with Giants.
These gigs should be amazing so make sure you get to them as most of Black Shapes live material now comes from their debut album 'Sleep Sleep Sleep' still available from ourselves.
25th Nov 2013 Black Shapes premier their brand new video for 'Treason, Heresy And Witchcraft' exclusively on Dropdead Website Black Shapes premier their brand new video for 'Treason, Heresy And Witchcraft' exclusively on Dropdead Clothing's website. Go to DROPDEAD to check it out
'Treason, Heresy And Witchcraft' is taken from Black Shapes critically acclaimed debut album 'Sleep Sleep Sleep' the video continues the story where the bands first video for this album 'Sin Of Sinners' (HERE ) left off (Directed by Old Swiss).
"Adept at wringing apocalyptic noise out of personnel anguish, this lot strip hardcore back to its angry basics, before reshaping it with doomy metal riffs and gloomy alternative rock flavours" - Kerrang KKKK
Black Shapes start their most recent tour of the UK supporting Golden Tanks on the 27th November
27th Nov - Camden, The Black Heart
28th Nov - Stafford, Grapes
29th Nov - Workington, Lounge 41
30th Nov - Rhyl, The North
1st Dec - Kings Lynn, DT's
2nd Dec - Eastbourne, Buskers Bar
13th Oct 2013 Black Shapes devastating debut album out tomorrow! Black Shapes crushing debut 'Sleep Sleep Sleep' is official out tomorrow, all pre-orders were shipped on Friday and some lucky people received them on Saturday!
'Sleep Sleep Sleep' has been getting rave reviews including KKKK in Kerrang, 4.5/5 from Already Heard and 9.5/10 from Hit The Floor!!
Black Shapes will be celebrating the launch of Sleep Sleep Sleep on their release show - 20th October Power Lunches, Dalston, London, support from Let's Talk Daggers, Mine and Sans Pareil.
Tshirt and CD deal is available on Sleep Sleep Sleep, with a cool exclusive Black Shapes tshirt, we also have copies of their 7" 'In The Mourning Light' available.
4th Oct 2013 Black Shapes to go on tour with Golden Tanks Black Shapes will be going out on tour for the first time after their debut album 'Sleep Sleep Sleep' is released with Golden Tanks. The are six dates on the tour running from 2nd Nov to the 2nd Dec. Click on the banner to the left for more details.
There's only just over a week till 'Sleep Sleep Sleep' is officially released onto an un-expecting world!