Walking Shapes Head To The UK For Their First Overseas Tour
By Sade A. Spence
Indie rockers, Walking Shapes, are straight out of New York, but are leaving the states for a few weeks to entertain our British brethren. But before doing so, they couldn't leave without the proper farewell. Last night, The Walking Shapes hosted their Farewell Tour at Niagara in the East Village. Their eclectic sound a-la Alt-J meets Coldplay is created by lead vocalist and guitar player Nathaniel Hoho, Jesse Alexander Kotansky on back-up vocals and violin, back-up vocalist and bassist Dan Krysa, drummer Christopher Heinz, and Jake Generalli on keys. I sat down with the Brooklyn boys post-show to chat about their tour expectations, tea time, and which member lived under the stairs in a fun house.
Sade: Where is the name Walking Shapes derived from? What does it mean to the band?
Walking Shapes: It came about from all of our friends hanging out, making music, and throwing fun words around and that's what stuck.
Sade: You boys have previously mentioned a creative environment in Brooklyn, a house on Kingsland Avenue, that was artistically influential, what did you witness at this house? What made it so artistic?
WS - Nathaniel: It was a fun house, alot of people with creative minds staying up late making music. We lived with an artist, Joseph Grazi, he paints and makes weird, cool sculptures of humans and cats... and Jesse was there living under stairs.
Jesse: For two years I lived under the stairs (laughs) and when I left, they built a room under the stairs. I had my own living room though...
Nathaniel: Chris was living there for a short period of time and one night he disappeared and we hadn't seen him for like 3 days, stuff like that would happen. I met Dan because he woke up there in a dog suit.
Sade: This place sounds interesting. When is the last time you've been back to this creative space.
WS - Nathaniel: It's been 8 months. We let life continue to happen. That house is since in our past.
Sade: In the future will you guys go back to this house?
WS - Nathaniel: We are not going to go back to that house (laughs). But we bring the house wherever we go.
Sade: Who do you guys like to listen to?
WS: Drowners, also based in New York... we are a huge fan of Drowners. Also polka and Brian Eno.
Sade: That's all so different. How does this influence your sound?
WS- Jesse: I think we are pretty eclectic, considering all of us, we come from similar tastes, but pretty diverse backgrounds... I don't think there is any music we ..Jesse grew up plying Balkan music, and Chris lived in Japan for awhile and studied Japanese music... we also like R&B and funk.
Sade: You guys have filmed a music video abroad, but have you played any shows abroad?
WS - Jesse: This will be the first show abroad.
Sade: How are you guys feeling?
WS -Jesse: Excited! We are playing four shows, one in Paris, then Dominican Republic, and then Austin... and to leave NY in the shittiest cold is awesome!
Sade: If there is any downtime what do you guys plan to do?
WS -Jesse: We want to find the equivalent of here and do what we do here... find the music scene and get immersed in it.
Sade: You guys know thy drink alot of tea there? Are you guys tea guys?
Sade: What's your favorite?
WS: PBS tips, it's an english tea.... p something tips.
WS:This morning I had chai tea with coconut oil and it was fucking awesome!
Although the boys are busy jamming abroad, they have just released a video for "In The Wake." Watch the abstract music video below: