Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Micachu & The Shapes

Micachu & The Shapes is a three-piece band from across the Atlantic, led by 21-year old Mica Levi. Their debut album 'Jewellery' is an unusual, fearlessly experimental record that blends an array of influences to end up sounding like nothing anything else I have heard. Beggars says "Micachu uses a modified guitar played with a hammer action called a ‘chu’ and a bowed instrument fashioned from a CD rack. She also uses improvised instruments, such as glass bottles or a vacuum cleaner."

The Micachu & The Shapes album just came out in the UK (April 7th in the US) and has already been attracting quite a bit of press. Chromewaves and Largehearted Boy both talked about it earlier this week, as did Telegraph and the BBC. Odd, noisy pop music isn't normally this endearing.
If you want to catch Micachu & The Shapes at SXSW next week, here is where they will be:
  • Wed. Todd P Day Party at Ms. Beas, 1:00pm
  • Wed. - Fader Fort 6:45 PM
  • Thur. - Clash Magazine Party at The Dirty Dog, 2:00pm
  • Thur. - IAMSOUND/'SUP Party at Malverde, 3:50pm
  • Thur. - Windish Agency at Emo's, 8:00pm
  • Fri. - True Panther Party at Baby Acapulco, 8:15pm