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Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by Daniel Rahe

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Wheelies: Northern Shapes

Today, Wheelies released a video for their new song “Northern Shapes” (dir. Dave Kellman), just ahead of a forthcoming debut record with Swoon Records. The camera takes us along with the Tacoma band on a grayscale journey, traveling in a van through the streets of the city. The video evokes the charm of the familiar paired with the excitement of a band finding its place.

For a few years now, Wheelies have churned out rangy, jangling songs about the perennial Tacoma pastimes of Drinking and Fumbling Through Another Awkward Gray Day. “Northern Shapes” is a sterling addition to this oeuvre, reminiscent of Pavement in its laid back sophistication; “Shapes” is something complicated and almost grand, but assembled with rubber cement and twine. The layers of guitars are as scruffy and urgent as Patrick Doherty’s vocals delivering the closing lyric: “Won’t you please forget my mistakes?”

You’ll listen and watch again, just to make sure you don’t forget everything Wheelies did right.

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Founder of Post Defiance, Dan is a father, surveyor, writer, and runner.



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