Today we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Shapes On Tape's Jason Matuskiewicz and Adam Kruckenberg!
Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Jason: We play dance-rock pocket symphonies.
Adam: I'll buy that.
Who are your musical influences and idols?
Jason: Not U2. Bowie. The Beatles. The Clash. New Order. Bruce Springsteen. Arcade Fire. The Cure. The Replacements. Talking Heads. In about that order.
Adam: Totally, also Art of Noise, Roxy Music, Hall and Oates, Neu!, Public Image LTD., Elastica, The Rentals, and Max Martin.
What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
Jason: OK Computer, Radiohead. Turned out to be pretty good.
Adam: MCMXC a.D., Enigma. On tape.
What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
Jason: The one where we started to not suck.
Adam: I used to be in this Glam/Drag band and one time we played an outdoor show on campus at the University of Kansas and Fred Phelps decided to protest us. We rocked that show so hard that I caught one of the ladies holding a "God Hates Fags" sign dancing along.
What's the first thing you look for when you hit a new town?
Jason: Friends. Or a bar. Or friends at a bar.
Adam: Or a friend's bar.
What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Jason: Pleasure shouldn't make you feel guilty. But of course it does. I've been consuming an abnormal amount of Oreo cookies lately. My milk dunking technique is reaching near-expert levels.
Adam: McDonald's breakfast burritos.
If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
Jason: Righteous Dispatches from the Land of No Bummers, because it's easy to remember and that's important in marketing.
Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
Jason: "Just Like Heaven," because it is probably the greatest song ever.
Adam: What about the musicians dude? New Order, Klaus Nomi, Tears for Fears, Paul Simon and Bjork doing a collaboration, and Queen.
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