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Micachu & The Shapes - Il Motore - July 15

Posted by Valerie / July 22, 2009

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Last week was my first time at Il Motore for Micachu and The Shapes' first visit in Montreal. The 21-year old artist from the UK recently formed a band with The Shapes (aka Raisa on keyboards and Marc on drums) and they released their first album Jewellery a few months ago. Their label, Rough Trade Records, felt the beginning of a "buzz" and took the opportunity to sign them.

The first thing that is great with Micachu & The Shapes is how they have great potential. Of course their music is mainly experimental,but it's merged into a great pop sound. Not only are they young but they're also impressively talented - Mica herself started playing guitar when she was 4 and studied music in college. Basically if you think of melodies on deconstructed beats with instruments that were altered or self-built - well that's exactly Micachu & The Shapes.

On stage, all band members seem to rely on each other by looking at one another constantly. As the leader, Micachu has a lot of charm and a very likable attitude. She looks a little embarrassed sometimes, but she never comes off as pretentious. In between songs, she keeps it short and even manages to make the crowd laugh from time to time.

The crowd itself was pretty interesting: I would sum it up by saying it was a great mixture of pure music lovers, cool hunters, and young sexually confused girls.

"Lips" was the only song I had heard and it was enough to get me hooked. After the show though, it felt like I already knew every other song that played because they were all so catchy. That's what I call (unconventional) pop genius! And finally, thanks to their short songs and limited catalogue, Micachu & The Shapes played a short (without an encore) and very sweet show, just like they should all be!

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