With a sound that has been described as 'West Coast pop on steroids', Burning Shapes formed playing acoustic sessions and jams at parties around their home towns in the Kent/Surrey/Sussex region. School friends Toby (lead vocals, guitar), Dave (vocals, bass) and Andy (vocals, MPC, keys) soon started gigging regularly around the South East and London’s best known small music venues.
Catching the attention of electronica producers Bombay Monkey whilst playing out under the acoustic guise Sound Sanctuary, two years of collaborations around 2005 produced a series of EPs released on the Lo-Tek label with distribution from Pinnacle. Racking up critical acclaim from DJs like Nick Luscombe and Lynn Parsons, tracks from the EPs saw regular rotation on Xfm and BBC Radio.
A full length album, Dust, was recorded and Steve (drums) came in to replace the sampled drum loops giving the live performances a whole new layer of energy. UK touring followed after signing to indie booking agency Coffee Artists including a performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Festival, BBC Radio playlists and a live set performance on Sky TV.
By now, the live sound was developing an indie rock styled life of it’s own to accompany the ever tight vocal harmonies and when the studio beckoned again the band decided a name change was in order to fit with the new sound they were going to lay down. Selecting Joe Hirst (Bloc Party, Ian Brown, Razorlight, Beth Gibbons) as the ideal producer to define a new edge to their music the resulting album has debut classic written all over it. Early preview tracks from the album have already been finding their way onto BBC Radio’s Introducing programs and Internet stations with one song picked up for the soundtrack to the £2m British feature film Lucid coming out next year.
In late 2010 the band returned to the live scene supporting Mumford & Sons and The Stranglers in front of 10,000 people at Triumph Live and have been gigging regularly around the south east since. The bands debut single "Drop" arrived in the summer of 2011 on their own Friendly Tribe label with news that they would give away their entire album ahead of its official release to anyone scanning special QR codes posted on websites and at gigs. This innovative use of QR codes as a music distribution tool gained the band some well deserved attention including features on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music show and Music:)ally's Campaign Focus. Their followed up double a-side single “Silence Amplified / Someone Else's Words” was released in March 2012 and continued the innovative tech theme with a music video for Silence Amplified created using tablet PCs, smartphones and Flip cameras in a three course smorgasbord of technology.
The band continue to support releases with live shows across the south east and with their next single Bad Karma out in September and debut album 'These Things Happen' following soon after things are about to get very interesting indeed for Burning Shapes.