By The New Shapes
It's strange to think that Mersey beat was the sound of the youth in the early 60s when today it sounds so restrained and unthreatening. With a sound akin to 'Hard Day's Night'-era Beatles, The New Shapes must be hoping there is space in the modern musical landscape for a different shade of retro from the current vogue.
This single is, at its core, tightly constructed and well-executed guitar pop. The New Shapes have a pristine sound, never deigning to get their hands dirty (barely disclosing any emotion) and thus to some degree approach the antithesis of a classic rock and roll band. Of the two tracks, 'I Can Prove it' has more punch; sharp snappy rhythm, trebly guitar and sweet vocal harmonies. These songs, with their repetitive structure, are built to swim around your head. Unfortunately once there they intermingle with original era classics like 'She Loves You' and 'Can't Buy Me Love'. There, they fade away.
On the subject of retro nostalgia I'm inclined to agree with Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, "Kids are living re-runs, the same crap over and over and their minds get closed tighter and tighter." This isn't so bad, but then again that's never been considered the greatest of endorsements. Wake up kids, it's time to move on.