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Hello again! Drew and I are pleased to present our first United Shapes release in over three years, "Tractorbeam"! Another song about inescapable fractal doom.

The guitar and keyboard were recorded at the same time into a single track on my phone during a spontaneous improv jam session in my bedroom. Drew is playing a Stratocaster he built from scratch! Later, I recorded him playing Galaga, and he suggested that we name the song "Tractorbeam". That night, we watched Chinatown.

We hope you like this song. We have never written together spontaneously like this before, and we enjoyed it so much that we're planning to write the rest of the album in this tandem seat-pants fashion. Thank you for listening, and as always, thank you for choosing United Shapes.


Juicy pics, mister
Money's no problem
No thanks, my nose runs
where it don't belong

"Futile" gets thrown around
a lot these days but
really we're the ones
getting thrown away

It's neither quick nor sand
but it does the trick so
Do as little as you can
Quick! Don't do something, quick!

I'm a one-piece puzzle
but these uneasy pieces
can't be counted on one hand

Who made you like this
If I ever catch the monster
If I ever but I never can

But light is tricky like that
and your brain has to fill the gaps with whatever it can
Comes back with a bloody stump
but it's doomed to try again

I like getting pulled but not my nose or legs
and when I say "when" that's what I mean

I know I throw my safeword around but not now
I'm not screaming "futile" 'cause I like to scream

As little flashing lights pull
gnash your teeth
as little as possible


from Compound Shapes, track released September 2, 2018
Drew Cave - electric guitar, Nintendo
Joseph Devens - vocals, keyboard, bass, hand percussion
written by United Shapes
mixed and produced by Joseph Devens


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United Shapes are an alt rock duo formed in 2004 by Joseph Devens and Drew Cave. Help yourself to our handmade demos. They sound like garbage.

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