The Romantics EP out now.

Hey Folks!

6 polished tracks, hot off the press- just go here to check them out, they are some of the best tracks we’ve cranked out yet to date, I think.

http://theshapeoftheearth.bandcamp.com/album/the-romantics-ep

We’ve decided to go with bandcamp as our main digital outlet for this album because they let us 1- post the entire track for you to check out before purchasing, 2-keep all the profits for ourselves, and 3- post great bonus material (like Oh, California).  So be sure to post, repost, embed, favorite mixtape, etc, and enjoy!

Gavin, TSOTE

TSOTE taking over the world one city at a time:

Hey everybody, I spent a REALLY long time editing this, and to be honest I pooped out about 3/4 of the way through, so this is a 75% complete list of places where we’ve sold something, not including international sales.  We’re overwhelmed at how far across the globe our songs are reaching, and we wanted to give everyone a little sense of the overwhelmingness of it.  If you’re city isn’t listed here and you DID buy something, please leave it as a comment, either here or on facebook, or myspace, or twitter, and we’ll keep adding to the list regularly.  (Eventually I’ll finish the last bit we have here plus international as well, it’s just gonna be a bit….)

best and thanks to everybody,

gavin

Places TSOTE has sold songs:

SUNNYVALE CA
AKRON OH
ALBANY CA
ALBUQUERQUE NM
ALLENTOWN PA
ALLISON PARK PA
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL
AMARILLO TX
AMITY AR
ANAHEIM CA
ANKENY IA
ARCADIA CA
ARLINGTON VA
ASTORIA NY
ATLANTA GA
AURORA OH
AUSTIN TX
BALLWIN MO
BALTIMORE MD
BATON ROUGE LA
BATTLE GROUND WA
BAYTOWN TX
BELLEVUE WA
BELLFLOWER CA
BELVIDERE IL
BENICIA CA
BEREA KY
BETHESDA MD
BETHLEHEM PA
BEVERLY HILLS CA
BIRMINGHAM AL
BOILING SPRINGS PA
BOULDER CO
BRANDON FL
BRIDGETON NJ
BROOKLYN NY
BURLESON TX
BURLINGTON NC
CANTON GA
CAPE ELIZABETH ME
CARBONDALE CO
CARMICHAELCA
CEDAR RAPIDS IA
CENTEREACH NY
CHANDLER AZ
CHESTER VA
CHICAGO IL
CHULA VISTA CA
CINCINNATI OH
CLEARWATER FL
CLEVELAND OH
CLIFTON VA
COLLIERVILLE TN
CONCORD CA
CORAOPOLIS PA
CORONA CA
CORRALES NM
CORTE MADERA CA
CRANSTON RI
DACULA GA
DALLAS TX
DANBURY CT
DANVILLE CA
DEDHAM MA
DENVER CO
DESCANSO CA
DESTIN Fl
DIAMOND BAR CA
DOBBS FERRY NY
DODGEVILLE WI
DUBLIN CA
DUBLIN OH
DUXBURY MA
EAST HAMPTON NY
EAST HAVEN CT
EAST OTIS MA
EASTCHESTER NY
EGG HARBOR CITY NJ
EL CAJON CA
EL PASO TX
ELBERT CO
ELK GROVE VILLAGE IL
ELLICOTT CITY MD
ENCINO CA
ESCONDIDO CA
ESSINGTON PA
EUGENE OR
EVANSVILLE IN
EWAN NJ
FAIR OAKS CA
FAIRBANKS AK
FARMVILLE VA
FONTANA CA
FOREST CITY PA
FORT MILL SC
FRESNO CA
GADSDEN AL
GENEVA IL
GEORGETOWN TX
GERMANTOWN MD
GILBERT AZ
GLADSTONE NJ
GLENDALE HEIGHTS IL
GLENDORA CA
GORHAM ME
GOSHEN KY
GRAND JUNCTION CO
GRAND RAPIDS MI
GRAPEVINE TX
GREENBRIER TN
GREENSBORO NC
HARTFORD CT
HASTINGS ON HUDSON NY
HIGHLAND CA
HINSDALE IL
HOLLISTER CA
HOPE MILLS NC
HOUSTON TX
HULL MA
HUNTINGTON NY
IRVINE CA
JUNEAU AK
JUPITER FL
KATONAH NY
KATY TX
KYLE TX
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE CA
LAFAYETTE IN
LAKE WALES FL
LAKELAND FL
LARCHMONT NY
LAS VEGAS NV
LAUREL MD
LAWRENCEVILLE GA
LEHI UT
LEXINGTON KY
LINDENHURST NY
LITCHFIELD MN
LITTLETON CO
LIVERMORE CA
LOGAN UT
LONGVIEW TX
LOS ANGELES CA
LOVELAND CO
LUTHERVILLE TIMONIUM MD
MANCHESTER MA
MANHATTAN BEACH CA
MANSFIELD TX
MARINA CA
MAUMEE OH
MAUMELLE AR
MCHENRY IL
MCKINNEY TX
MECHANIC FALLS ME
MEDFIELD MA
MENTONE CA
MENTOR OH
MIAMI FL
MIDDLEBURG VA
MIDDLEBURY CT
MIDDLETOWN CT
MIDLAND MI
MILWAUKEE WI
MONTCLAIR NJ
MONTVERDE FL
MOUNT HOLLY NJ
NAPA CA
NEDERLAND TX
NEW ALBANY IN
NEW BRAUNFELS TX
NEW CANAAN CT
NEW LENOX IL
NEW YORK NY
NEWARK DE
NEWTOWN PA
NORCROSS GA
NORFOLK VA
NORTH LAS VEGAS NV
NORTH LITTLE ROCK AR
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TX
NORTHVILLE MI
NORWALK CT
OAK VIEW CA
OAKLAND CA
OJAI CA
OLATHE KS
OLD SAYBROOK CT
ONEKAMA MI
ORANGE CA
ORANGEVILLE UT
OREGON CITY OR
OREM UT
ORINDA CA
ORLANDO FL
OROVILLE CA
OWENSBORO KY
OWINGS MILLS MD
PACIFIC PALISADES CA
PARK RAPIDS MN
PAYSON UT
PEEKSKILL NY
PENSACOLA FL
PEORIA AZ
PERRY IA
PHOENIX AZ
PITTSBURGH PA
PLANO TX
PLEASANT HILL CA
PORTLAND OR
POTOMAC MD
PRESCOTT VALLEY AZ
PRESCOTT WI
PROVIDENCE RI
PROVO UT
PUEBLO CO
RANCHO CUCAMONGA CA
RANDOLPH MA
READING PA
REDDING CT
REDFIELD SD
REDLANDS CA
RHINELANDER WI
RICHMOND VA
RIVERBANK CA
RIVERSIDE CA
ROCHESTER MI
ROCK HILL SC
ROCKPORT MA
ROCKVILLE MD
ROSWELL GA
SAFFORD AZ
SAINT HELENS OR
SAINT PAUL MN
SALEM OR
SALT LAKE CITY UT
SAN ANSELMO CA
SAN ANTONIO TX
SAN BERNARDINO CA
SAN CLEMENTE CA
SAN FRANCISCO CA
SAN JOSE CA
SAN LEANDRO CA
SANTA CLARA CA
SANTA CRUZ CA
SANTA MONICA CA
SAUSALITO CA
SCHENECTADY NY
SCOTTSDALE AZ
SCRANTON PA
SEATTLE WA
SEWICKLEY PA
SHALIMAR FL
SHELTON CT
SHERMAN TX
SHINGLE SPRINGS CA
SIMI VALLEY CA
SOUTHLAKE TX
SPARKS GLENCOE MD
SPRING TX
STATEN ISLAND NY
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS CO
STEWARTSTOWN PA
TACOMA WA
TALLAHASSEE FL
TAYLORS SC
TIPTON IA
TIPTONIA IA
TOLEDO OH
TOPEKA KS
TRACY CITY TN
TRAPPER CREEK AK
TUCSON AZ
TUSCALOOSA AL
TUSTIN CA
UPTON NY
VALLEY STREAM NY
VENTURA CA
VERGENNES VT
VERMILLION SD
VICTOR NY
VIDOR TX
VIENNA VA
VIRGINIA BEACH VA
VISALIA CA
VOORHEES NJ
WALLINGTON NJ
WANN OK
WARRINGTON PA
WATERBURY CT
WATERFORD ME
WATERFORD MI
WAXAHACHIE TX
WESLEY CHAPEL FL
WEST MILFORD NJ
WEST PALM BEACH FL
WESTFORD MA
WHITTIER CA
WILDOMAR CA
WINNETKA IL
WINTER SPRINGS FL
WOODBINE MD
YUCAIPA CA
ZELIENOPLE PA

Lyrics Now Available

Hey everybody if you haven’t noticed we’ve added a “Lyrics” tab to our website, (due to an overwhelming number of requests and a dozen youtube videos made featuring the lyrics which hadn’t been officially released). These are the official lyrics as I (or we where applicable) wrote them and choose to express them in written form. Thanks everybody for asking for them and I hope they can help or inspire or maybe just give you something to do for a few minutes. At any rate they are all copyrighted so don’t go selling them or putting them in official publications that you sell for money without asking but feel free to use them however creatively you’d like for personal purposes/blogs/tweets/youtube videos/etc.
Gavin, TSOTE

Do I Dare Disturb The Universe Out Now!

“Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?” Is available now! You can pick it up at iTunes, Amazon, or a variety of other online sources. You can also buy a hard copy at any of our shows or from the store. Thanks everyone who made this possible, and please let us know what you think of the new CD!

Gavin, Kevin, Rich,
The Shape Of The Earth

“They Would at Least..” in the Top 100 ITunes Downloads

“They Would at Least..” in the Top 100 ITunes Downloads
Apparently our debut EP “They Would At Least Stay Busy” is in the top 100 downloaded on itunes. The evidence for this claim comes from this link:

http://www.top100musicdownloads.com/Artists/120277/MusicDownloads.html?Artist=The+Shape+Of+The+Earth

It’s a little late to say now but that’s still pretty cool- let’s see if we can do it again with the LP thats set to come out in a few months. Thanks everybody!
Gavin,
ps thanks again for all your support- this is pretty overwhelming to think about honestly. thank you guys so much for supporting us….

The Shape Of The Earth Hour long interview on KUCI Feb 12th 9-10pm



Hey Everybody! We’re more than pleased to announce we will be heading into the studios of indie college radio station 88.9 KUCI in Irvine, CA Thursday Feb 12th from 9-10 pm. Rita Genneway will be interviewing us as we play through our EP (and probably some other cool TSOTE tracks that aren’t released quite yet) on her show “The Sound Session” which is on 88.9 KUCI every thursday from 8-10pm PST. I’ve been a fan of the show for a while now, which has been mentioned on Shoal Records blog who said that “the show spins some of the finest indie tunes being cranked out today,” and was also featured in OC Weekly.  Needless to say everyone should tune in to hear us banter about the songs, hear some new songs and also hear some great music by other local and indie artists.  You can tune in to 88.9 if you’re anywhere near the OC or if you’re on the internet you can stream it live from www.kuci.org. Thanks everybody and stay sharp for more cool stuff coming soon!

with my name plastered- “Epilogue” Lyrics

Due to a whole bunch of requests across various social networking sites, I decided to go ahead and pour out my writing experience with Epilogue. Here are the lyrics and a little description as to what the song means and what not:

we fell down so many times
i think i’m tired of thinking
everything will work out-
well it finally all worked out-
but its still not the same,
everything has changed,
although it won’t appear that way.
and the future can’t be worked out-
no it never has been worked out..

I’m sorry that I don’t have a way,
to make it easier each day.
With my name plastered on your lips
as you gaze into nothingness
how i pleaded barely audibly
oh i,
I can’t let you down,
I won’t let you down-

well we fell,
down,
so many times,
and i think i’m fine.

-This song is just what the title implies; an epilogue. It was written as the look back and review of a series of difficult events in my life that in retrospect caused me to think about how what I expected to happen was totally wrong, and what I had concluded would work out did but in completely unsuspecting ways. This only led to more problems with more difficulties, so in reality it didn’t “work out” at all, which only led me to resolve further not to let down my family and friends by giving into the difficult life and giving up the fight. You probably wouldn’t get this from the lyrics themselves, as I should point out, because this song represents a completely different approach to lyric writing for me. I was moving more and more towards finding esoteric metaphors everywhere I looked and trying to adeptly slip them into my songs, hinting at meanings and bringing up questions that can’t be answered, and while I still love this approach to literature and poetry, I realized at some point that it’s not necessary at all to express oneself- the only thing necessary to express at all are simple words. The song resulting from this realization was one of the first where I decided to rely on one powerful phrase to carry the song (aka “I won’t let you down,” or “I’ll fix this if I can”) that would become the chorus and the rest would be simple phrasing with no direct allusion to deeper metaphors or emphasis on other literary devices. This is actually why I’ve received quite a bit of criticism for the lyrics of this song from other musicians, although they were usually taken out of context intended. (That being that the the song was written to be heard with the album.) Of course they could be right, but thats the beauty of songwriting, we get to do whatever we feel is best. I should also mention that this method, while it worked well for Epilogue, really shines through as a hybrid with other styles. My Defects and I’ll Fix This If I Can are prime examples, My Defects being mostly a story but with a one phrase chorus, and I’ll Fix This If I Can being about as rich in metaphor as I can pack into one song, but still featuring just one line for the chorus. In conclusion, I couldn’t be happier with the lyrics of this song, and I am very glad that so many people have been asking for them. Happy listening!
Gavin