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September 24th, 2014
425 days sans post; Favorite Shape (Bermuda) Triangle. But no, not really. FST has not disappeared. I've just been transitioning back into the solo, composey, synthetic, drum-loopy stuff that got me so psyched to begin with. Thanks for your patience. More substantial news coming soon.

July 26th, 2013
Favorite Shape Triangle has relocated to Malibu, CA. Thanks again to everyone in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa (and everywhere else) for your many years of support. I'll be spending the next few months getting FST up-and-running out here in California. Cheers!

May 4th, 2013
It was a good run; three years of gigging live in MKE. Summerfest, Miller Park, Steel Bridge Songfest, live on WMSE. Played so many great shows, met so many great people. Thanks to everyone who supported FST along the way, and a special thanks to Jacob Noble, Todd Ciske, Zach Butler, Matt Fegaly, Tim Raymond, Jim Greenfield and Caleb Milestone for being a part of FST MKE. Couldn't have done it without you.

I'd also like to thank Renee Kousek for all of her help with FST's graphic design needs. Yer the best, Renee. Three years of epic flyers, so grateful!

Yes, I've decided to retire FST live. At least for the time being. From here on out, I'll be back to focusing on my solo studio albums. PRISM should be ready very soon.

May the 4th be with you.


March 15th, 2013
Hey! Wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out to Caleb's first show. It was so much fun. Five months is far too long to wait between shows. Fortunately, we've just booked a couple big shows for April, so no more of this waiting stuff.

FST will be playing Miller Park again, 4/20 & 4/21. This time around it's Brewers versus Cubs. Wrigley North and all that. Expect it to sell out fast, snag your tickets here! And please check out our 'shows' page for more details. See you all at the ballpark! Go Brewers!

January 29th, 2013
After nearly a five month hiatus, FST returns to the stage! This Saturday, February 2nd, at the Up & Under Pub (Brady Street, MKE). Beaker will be starting off the night, with the Elusive Parallelograms to follow. FST will likely go on around midnight. Please come out to welcome our new guitarist Caleb Milestone. See you at the show
! We're stoked to be back!

October 25th, 2012
For those who have yet to hear, our compatriot Todd Ciske has left the band. For the past two years, Todd has been an integral part of FST -- his enthusiasm was unparalleled and he brought with him a very special energy. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and last week I made the very difficult decision to let him go. I'm not one to air dirty laundry, so I'll just leave it at that.

I do want to formally thank Todd for his past commitments to the band, and we all wish him well in his future music pursuits.

Moving on at breakneck speed, I'm happy to report that Caleb Milestone has officially joined the band. We're all very excited about this addition, and the timing couldn't have been better. We'll be back to gigging in January 2013. Looking forward to it!

fAugust 23rd, 2012
Summer will soon be drawing to a close, and what an awesome summer it's been. We played the local festival scene rather rampantly over the past few months, and it's been super fun, exciting and rewarding. It's also been a lot of work, and I'm personally looking forward to retreating into my little songwriting hovel, for an autumn/winter hibernation of sorts.

Favorite Shape Triangle will be retooling over the next few months, so look for an extended hiatus. Our final show before said hiatus will be at Miller Park on Sunday, September 16th. That'll be our 50th show, coincidentally. Never thought I'd play live music again, so to have played 50 shows over the past couple years, yeah, what a trip. Anyway, it's Brewers versus Mets, additional info and tickets available here.

Come check us out. It'll be your last chance to do so until 2013.

July 11th, 2012
Hard to believe Summerfest is over. The smoke has cleared and the whirlwind of our epic weekend has quickly moved on into the past. What a blur.

This was FST's first Summerfest experience, and it was an overwhelmingly positive one. On July 7th, we played the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse. It was easily the largest stage I've ever set foot on. We rocked a couple sets, had an absolute head-trip of a blast, then spent the rest of that sunny Saturday with our nearest and dearest.

On the following day, the final day of Summerfest, we played the Cascio Groove Stage, to an entirely amped and exquisitely large audience -- it was so much fun. Thanks a million to everyone who came out, and a big thanks to Brian Bott, and Cascio Interstate Music, for providing us with the opportunity.

Like I said, it's hard to believe that Summerfest is over. My most valuable takeaway this year: Milwaukee has a ridiculously vibrant local music scene -- and I'm not talking about cover bands. Brian Bott and company proved this hand over fist. From VIC & GAB to the ELUSIVE PARALLELOGRAMS to WAMSLEY to ANIMALS IN HUMAN ATTIRE. All that's left to say is: are you kidding me? Watch for MKE to blow up the national scene over the next five to ten years. We are, after all, the Seattle of the Midwest.

June 26th, 2012
We're playing Summerfest's Harley-Davidson Stage on Saturday, July 7th. The stage is ours from noon to 2:30pm. The Bel Airs, Automatic, and rap superstar Common, will follow. General admission tickets are $16. Also included with general admission on the 7th: Cake, Phil Vassar, Hollywood Undead, Chevelle. July 7th headliners: Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. Additional ticket required for headliners. Event page here.

On Sunday, July 8th, FST will be playing the Cascio Groove Stage at 4:30pm. It's the final day of Summerfest and it's "Fan Appreciation Day," so general admission will be FREE to those who come between noon and 3pm. After 3pm, tickets are $16. Also included with general admission on the 8th: Sublime, Halestorm, Hanson, B-52s, Bush. July 8th headliner: Neil Diamond. Event page here.

In other news, we recently played the Down & Over, Brody's latest project. It used to be the Bay View Brew Haus, which was all fine and good, but Brody's really improved the place. Better feel, better sound. We had a lot of fun playing there. Thanks to the REVOMATICS and the DIRECTIONALS for joining us.



June 18th, 2012
Steel Bridge Songfest year two was an amazing experience. We played three shows in total; a couple on Friday night, and another on Saturday evening. Had a blast sharing both the stage and our loft suite with our brethren, local rockers WAMSLEY. Stayed up way too late, drank way too much Red Bull, and probably shouldn't have swam in the pesticide treatment area. Oh well.

Big thanks to Melanie Jane and Pat Macdonald for having us back, and for the fabulous job they did at hosting the 8TH annual SBSF. It was a weekend for the books. We hope to be back next year.


In other news, we were recently invited to play the Beer Garden at Miller Park. Looks like that'll be on September 16th. Brewers vs. Mets. Needless to say, we're super stoked about this. More details to come.

And a reminder: FST will be playing a couple shows at Summerfest; July 7th and July 8th. More SummerFST details here. That weekend is gonna be off the hook.



June 2nd, 2012
We're playing Summerfest's Harley-Davidson Stage on Saturday, July 7th. The stage is ours from noon to 2:30pm. The Bel Airs, Automatic, and rap superstar Common, will follow. General admission tickets are $16. Also included with general admission on the 7th: Cake, Phil Vassar, Hollywood Undead, Chevelle. July 7th headliners: Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. Additional ticket required for headliners. Event page here.

On Sunday, July 8th, FST will be playing the Cascio Groove Stage at 4:30pm. It's the final day of Summerfest and it's "Fan Appreciation Day," so general admission will be FREE to those who come between noon and 3pm. After 3pm, tickets are $16. Also included with general admission on the 8th: Sublime, Halestorm, Hanson, B-52s, Bush. July 8th headliner: Neil Diamond. Event page here.

In other news, we recently played Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, here in MKE. Really cool place. Thanks to Andy for the opportunity, and thanks to local super-rockers RED GIANT for totally killing it. You guys rocked the duel!



May 13th, 2012
Well, it's official: Favorite Shape Triangle will be playing Summerfest. Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible. We couldn't have won the battle without all of the incredible support we received from our fans, family and friends. Thank you a million times over.

The final round was intense, the tension palpable. Especially during the vote-counting process at the end of the night. Three tall stack of ballots, it was so close. When the smoke had cleared, we'd won by just a few more than a dozen votes. Thanks to 215 and PILOT AIRER for the great music and camaraderie. You guys are great, and it was a pleasure sharing the stage with you all.

Words can't express how excited we are to have won a big stage gig at Summerfest. We'll post those details here as soon as we get them.

And while we're on the subject of Summerfest, I'm happy to report that FST will also be playing the local stage [The Cascio Groove Stage] at 4:30PM on July 8th. Yay, SummerFST!

May 10th, 2012
Today was the most surreal day. We played a brief lunchtime set at GE Healthcare's USHQ's cafeteria. It felt like an elementary school field trip. We got a nice tour of the facility, took a short walk down their nature trail, had a delicious lunch, and then rocked out for a spell. Had a blast playing for all those hardworking GE Healthcare employees. Really beautiful campus, and so many nice folks. Many thanks to all who made the show possible.

We wanted to offer one last invitation to tomorrow night's final round of the Battle of the Bands. If we win tomorrow night, we'll be playing a big stage gig at Summerfest. We made it to the finals last year, but lost by a handful of votes. We'd like to avoid that this year, so please come out and vote FST! We can win this, but not without your help. Thanks much! See you all at the pub.

May 2nd, 2012
Played another show down in Kenosha last weekend. Always nice to catch up with Chad, Stephanie, Israel & Justin. Great seeing you all.

We've a big opportunity coming up next Friday. As most of you probably know, we made it to the final round of the Battle of the Bands. The final round of the Battle will be held on Friday May 11th, again at the Up & Under. Winner plays a big stage gig at Summerfest. Please come out, and vote FST!



April 23rd, 2012
For the second year in a row, we've won the first round of Up & Under's Battle of the Bands. Thanks to everyone who helped vote us into the finals! And thanks to THE OUTLIERS and LUCREZIO -- you all rocked out hard, and it was really nice to share the stage with such nice people.

The final round of the Battle will be held on Friday May 11th, again at the Up & Under. If we win it all, we'll be playing a big stage at Summerfest. Please come out again, and help send us on our merry way! We promise to entertain.

March 26th, 2012
Our return to Bad Genie went swimmingly. Jacob downed another scorpion shot, where I conveniently forgot it was an option. Just a lot of Red Bull for me, and the occasional PBR. A whole lot of fun was had by all, thanks to everyone who came out. This one was a serious blast.

Matt has played six shows with us now -- He's an excellent bassist, a cunning songwriter and a good friend -- We're all super stoked that he's a triangle boy.

We've got a big gig coming up -- April 20th at the Up & Under Pub. It's the first round of MKE's Battle of the Bands. Winner plays Summerfest. You know the drill. Come out and vote!

March 13th, 2012
We attended 88Nine's Milwaukee Music Awards last week, and had a total blast. It was great catching up with like-minded local musicians and it proved a nice platform for meeting with other folks actively involved in the local music scene. Big thanks to Rick Clark, of the Florentine Opera Company, for the invite.

A week from this Friday, we'll be playing a couple sets at Bad Genie, here in downtown MKE. If you haven't been to an FST show in awhile, this'll be a good one to hit. The Bad Genie's a great bar, we'll be playing a bunch of new songs, and it's a free show. Hope to see you there.

For those of you who'd like to see FST play Summerfest, please etch April 20th into your collective mind. The first round of this year's Battle of the Bands will be held on April 20th, at the Up & Under Pub -- please come out and help vote us into Summerfest! Your support is greatly appreciated.

My much delayed third solo LP (PRISM) has a new release date -- imagine that! April 24th will be the day. We'll be having a CD release party at the Exclusive Company on Farwell, sometime around then.

March 7th, 2012
Last Friday we returned to Frank's Power Plant, for another ruckus evening of rock. Thanks to Wendy Norton, Jet W. Lee, the Gazettiers, and the Directionals for all making it such a great time.

We'll be playing the Bad Genie Rock Lounge again, in a couple weeks here, on Friday, March 23rd. We're very much looking forward to it. No cover for that show, by the way, and we'll be playing two sets.

For a 2nd straight year, the Up & Under Pub has invited us to enter the fray that is Milwaukee's annual BATTLE OF THE BANDS. A big Summerfest gig goes to the winner. We made it to the final round last year -- with your help, we're hoping to win it all this time around. The first round will be held on Friday, April 20th -- mark your calendars! If we win that night, we'll be in the finals, to be held on May 11th. Hope to see you all there.

FST Song of the Month went live just awhile back, and as we've already blasted into March, the first three offerings have been posted. Please check it out and 'like' if you like, thanks!

February 7th, 2012
Always fun to visit Riverwest's Art Bar, and even more fun to play there. Thanks again to Don and the wonderful Art Bar staff for making it another one to remember. By the end of the night it got pretty ruckus. Impromptu microphone sharing with one of the more enthusiastic patrons made for a good bit of random entertainment. The entire evening was really enjoyable.

Looking forward, we've recently soft-booked a few big summer gigs, those being: Sturgeon Bay's Steel Bridge Songfest and the Up & Under's annual Battle of the Bands. We're super stoked to be invited back to both. Bright summer ahead.

My third solo LP (PRISM) has been further delayed. March 20th is the new/tentative release date. Should stick this time. No more delays?

In the meantime, please check out my new facebook page here. I'll be posting one new demo per month. January's song "Slapdash" is my initial public offering at "FST - Song of the Month." Please check it out and 'like' if you like! Thanks!

January 16th, 2012
Our recent return to the Up & Under Pub was effectively ambushed by the area's first big winter storm. Massive thanks to our mates DONOMA for making the trip up from Kenosha, for braving the horrendous driving conditions. Thanks to everyone else who made it out too. The east side was a ghost town of sorts, all hatches battened down, and so on. It made for a lonely night, but also a very cozy night. Always nice to spend a relaxed evening together with our friends, and the sound at Up & Under was really great.

I'm presently polishing up my third solo LP, PRISM. Apart from the vocals and final mixdown, it's pretty much complete. I'll release it sometime in February. No more delays.

January 1st, 2012
2011 fades fast to distant memories. 2012 is underway. Welcome to the future. Welcome to the Year of the Triangle.

After a five-month reset, we've returned to the Milwaukee scene. This past Friday night we rocked the Highbury with our still somewhat new bassist, Matt Fegaly. It was FST's fourth time playing on the Highbury's tiny triangular stage, and it was as fun as it's ever been. Owner Joe Katz is such a great guy, and we appreciate his generosity and hospitality a ton. Always a blast, we'll likely be back there in a few months.

Until then, we've got a one-two-three punch of great shows coming up.

Next week, January 12th, we'll be playing one of our favorite bars, alongside one of our favorite bands; DONOMA will be joining us at the Up&Under.

The following month, we'll be at Art Bar in Riverwest, that's February 3rd, and then it's back to the Bad Genie on March 23rd.

What'll FST be up to apart from the aforementioned rock shows? The assault will be myriad. Both on the synthetic solo front, and with the live band.

On the solo front, I'll be releasing my third LP, PRISM, on January 31st. It's sounding bigger and better than anything I've ever done, I'm really stoked on it. But I'm also tired of putting in 50 hour weeks on it, so I'll be very happy to wrap. Will be unveiling the cover art soon, turned out way awesome. Thanks, Renee!

Starting sometime in mid-January, I'm going to be launching the FST SONG OF THE MONTH fb page. It's pretty self-explanatory, but ultimately, I decided on this approach so the solo side and the band side could have a common platform to showcase some new songs. Some months will be solo, and some months will be live band stuff. I'm guessing some odd collaborations will show up on there as well. There's not much to it yet, but you can check it out here: FST SONG OF THE MONTH. It'll be up and running soon.

Jacob, Todd, Matt and I will be spending a lot of time during the first half of 2012 banging out new material, as we'll be prepping for an eventual LP. We've got two new post-Zach songs, BURN PHONE and PRINCETON FRIES, both are sounding awesome. More importantly, we've got scores and scores of song sketches sitting in the queue, awaiting their disposable destiny.

So in short, 2012 should see a nice continuation of FST's modest little rampage. Stay tuned.

December 17th, 2011

It's great to be back. Last night we played Hattrix in Kenosha, as part of the third annual Cranium Fest. It was Matt's first show with the band and it all went over swimmingly. We'd never played Kenosha before, and we found both the patrons and our hosts to be wonderful people all around -- nothing surprising there. We've spent a good deal of time with our stage-mates DONOMA, and they've always been nothing short of amazing. Great music, great people. We had such an amazing time last night. Like I said, it's great to be back.

We've recently booked a bunch of new shows for 2012. That really sounds like the future, but the future is now. Please check out the shows tab above for details.

In PRISM news (my forthcoming 3rd solo LP), I've been forced to push back my self-imposed deadline to January 10th, 2012. So yes, that's the new official release date. We'll likely be having a CD release party at the Exclusive Company sometime in mid-January. I will keep you apprised. Cheers!

Our setlist at Hattrix on 12/16/2011:

01. Captain Cook
02. Geneva Spur
03. Beautiful Harm
04. Battleground
05. Against Time
06. Trounced
07. Back from the Front
08. You're Next
09. Gentleman Explorer
10. Noble Rot
11. Thief
12. Date Last Seen Alive

November 28th, 2011

FST is back for the attack! After a five month absence from the Milwaukee scene, we'll be marking our offical return, on Friday December 30th, at the Highbury Pub (Bay View). We'll be debuting a few new songs, and our new bassist, Matt Fegaly, will be making his debut as well.

In other news, my third solo album (PRISM) is all but complete. I've slated the official release date for December 20th, 2011. If all goes to plan, I should have copies for sale at the Higbury show. Come check us out, it's gonna be a blast.

2012: Year of the Triangle.

October 16th, 2011

We're officially stoked to introduce FST's latest addition, Matt Fegaly. A talented bassist and an all around great guy, Matt hails from Oklahoma. Yes, we lost Alabama, but we gained Oklahoma, and we can all breath easy, as we've still got four states represented.

We'll be busy bringing Matt up to speed over the next few weeks, and FST will return to the local stage fairly soon -- perhaps late November?

In other news, my third solo album (PRISM) is nearing completion, and I'm real pleased with it. So far, so good. It's doubtful that I'll hit my self-imposed deadline of November 1st, but with any luck it'll be wrapped before 2012.

Here's the final track-listing for PRISM:

01. Advantageous
02. Subterfuge
03. G'Damn!
04. Reactor
05. At the Embassy
06. The Shallows
07. Power Up
08. Monorail
09. With Much Ado
10. Gas Mask Girl
11. Dark Rainbow
12. An Infinite Six Nights
13. Crystal Sync
14. The Burglary
15. Precious Cargo
16. A Fistful of Feathers


August 4th, 2011

We had a total blast playing the Brady Street Festival. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen and thanks to (our now former-bassist) Zach for flying back up from Alabama just for the show. It was an epic day, lots of fun, but not without some major technical difficulties. Our soundcheck went really well, but right as we were wrapping up with it, the festival's soundguy pointed at Zach's amp and started shouting "blue smoke, blue smoke!" Little wisps of smoke were pouring out of the input jacks, not good!

Needless to say, that amp was toast. Zach ended up playing direct through the P.A. and it worked, but it definitely changed the sound considerably. On top of that, Zach played on Todd's bass guitar, an unwieldy style-over-substance monster. Zach had to rig it up special, just to keep the neck from turning on him. Zach also had his first ever misfire with his looping pedal, which made for some pretty hilarious confusion. This barrage of technical challenges, all thrown directly into Zach's lap, was rather ironic, it being Zach's final show and all.

All the technicals aside though, the show went really well -- towards the end of our set there were hundreds of people present, many with their eyes glued to the stage. It was surreal. I've never felt anything like it. I never would have predicted we'd find ourselves in such a situation after just one year of gigging. It was a totally amazing experience. During our final song, there were moments where I literally felt like I was dreaming.

Back to reality though -- it's likely a somewhat lengthy hiatus lies in front of us, as we'll be auditioning for Zach's replacement for at least a month or two, and we're planning on taking some additional time off from gigging to write a bunch of new songs. I'm also hard at work on my third LP, PRISM. Still hoping to have it ready for a November 1st release date, but who knows if that will stick.

Thanks again to everyone who made FST's first (live) year an incredible one. Special thanks to Renee Ciske for all of her excellent work in the graphics department, and to John Hawkins for his support and video documentation, and of course, one big final thanks and a hearty farewell to our good buddy, Zach Butler.

Our setlist at the Brady St. Festival on 07/30/11:

01. Against Time
02. Eidetic
03. So Long
04. Alpharetta
05. Trounced (to Smithereens)
06. Say Hello!!
07. Savanah
08. Screen
09. The Wrong Time
10. Beautiful Harm
11. Battleground
12. The Gentleman Explorer
13. Geneva Spur
14. Noble Rot
15. Captain Cook
16. Back from the Front
17. Date Last Seen Alive
18. You're Next
19. Discipline
20. Thief

July 27th, 2011

A week ago, we played our first ever outdoor show. It was at Arlington Heights Park, here in MKE. It was the hottest day of the year, which made for a fairly grueling and challenging set, but the crowd and the general good summer vibe made it all well worth it. Thanks so much to everyone who came out in support of the fund drive, we all had a total blast. We've posted photos of the show here.

We'll be playing the BRADY STREET FESTIVAL this coming Saturday, the 30th of July, at 4pm, at the intersection of Brady and Humboldt. Be sure to come check us out, and bid Zach a fond farewell. He's already moved away to Alabama, but he'll be flying back in for this, his final show.

Our setlist at Arlington Heights Park on 07/20/11:

01. Back from the Front
02. Gentleman Explorer
03. Battleground
04. Noble Rot
05. So Long
06. Trounced
07. Beautiful Harm
08. Thief

July 19th, 2011

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our EP release party last Friday night at Club Garibaldi. We had a blast opening for WAMSLEY and THE LOCALS -- really enjoyed the entire evening.

Today marks the official release date of our new EP "Beautiful Harm." Many thanks to Sam Farrar (sonic engineer), Harmani Owens (cover model), Brittainy Dale (photographer) of BLIND EYE STUDIO, Renee Ciske (graphic design) and of course Zach, Todd and Jacob. I'm so proud of this release -- everything about it turned out great. I feel it's the best FST to date, and it really captures the Voltron of our live sound. We recorded the entire EP live, in one session, vocals and all, with no overdubs; the fusion of playing live couldn't help but find its way into the recordings.

I've recently added the EP's snippets, lyrics and credits to the FST discography. You can check all that out here.

Hard copies of "Beautiful Harm" are now available for purchase at the FST store. "Beautiful Harm" will also be available digitally/eventually at iTunes, etc.

We're playing a free show tomorrow night at Arlington Heights Park, 3429 West Pierce Street, here in MKE. We'll be playing at 6:45pm. It's an all ages show, open to the public, and rumor has it, there's gonna be free BBQ -- can't beat that.

And a week from this Saturday, FST will be playing the Brady Street Festival at 4pm on the Humboldt Stage. This will be bassist Zach Butler's final show, so be sure to come out to wish him well in his journey back into the deep south.

In light of Zach's departure, FST will soon be going on an indefinite hiatus.

The aforementioned shows will be your last opportunity to see FST live for quite some time. We'll be auditioning bassists throughout August and September. If you know of any talented bassists whom might be interested, please send them our way -- thanks!

Our setlist at Club Garibaldi on 07/15/11:

01. Storm
02. Back from the Front
03. Against Time
04. Noble Rot
05. Beautiful Harm
06. Thief
07. So Long
08. Battleground
09. The Gentleman Explorer
10. Geneva Spur
11. Captain Cook

June 29th, 2011

Five shows in 15 days, we're starting to get an idea of what it feels like to go on tour. We've got three big shows slated for July. Please check the shows tab above for details.

FST will be going on hiatus for a bit, beginning in August, as Zach Butler will be leaving the band. He's landed a teaching job down in Alabama. Congratulations, Zach! You will be missed.

We played at the Art Bar last weekend, and had a great time doing so. Don was very generous and REHYN played a real nice set beforehand. Thanks to everyone who made it out, always a blast.

In other news, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON was released nationwide today. Last Summer, I had the privilege of being cast as a paid extra. It was an amazing experience.

Check out the following link for a recap of the most memorable day of my 2010:

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Dark of the Moon

Our setlist at Art Bar on 06/18/11:

01. The Gentleman Explorer
02. Geneva Spur
03. Noble Rot
04. Captain Cook
05. Back from the Front
06. Date Last Seen Alive
07. Storm
08. You're Next
09. Beautiful Harm
10. Thief
11. Battleground
12. Trounced (to Smithereens)
13. Savanah
14. Against Time
15. So Long
16. Alpharetta
17. Screen
18. Discipline


June 17th, 2011

We all had a really great time last weekend up in Sturgeon Bay for the Steel Bridge Songfest. Ended up playing two shows on Saturday, one at Waterfront Mary's and one at the Nautical Inn. Both were amazing. It was a killer way to spend our one year anniversary. Massive thanks to Melanie Jane and Pat Macdonald for the invite and the hospitality. We'll definitely be back in 2012.

In other news, we're playing the Art Bar tomorrow night. Local singer/songwriter REHYN will be opening. FST will likely go on around 10:30.

Our setlist at Waterfront Mary's on 06/11/11:

01. Eidetic
02. Against Time
03. So Long
04. Alpharetta
05. Trounced (to Smithereens)
06. Savanah
07. Screen
08. The Wrong Time
09. Beautiful Harm
10. Battleground

Our setlist at the Nautical Inn on 06/11/11:

01. The Gentleman Explorer
02. Geneva Spur
03. Noble Rot
04. Captain Cook
05. Back from the Front
06. Date Last Seen Alive
07. Storm
08. You're Next
09. Beautiful Harm
10. Thief

June 8th, 2011

The promotional copy of our EP will be completed in the next 24 hours. A huge thanks to Sam Farrar for all of his hard work. I'd last reported that Sam was just going to be mixing the EP's first track, but as it turned out, Sam quite generously offered to engineer the entire EP. We're all completely blown away by his generosity, and the results, well, we're even more blown away there. Seriously, this is the best FST to date.

Check out Sam's impressive history here.

I'm so proud of everyone who helped to bring this EP to life -- Todd, Jacob, Zach, Renee, and of course, Sam -- Cheers to all!

This Friday we'll embark on our first real road trip as a band -- We've been invited to play the Steel Bridge Songfest up in Sturgeon Bay, WI. We'll be playing Saturday night (June 11th) at the Nautical Inn at 10pm. We're all super stoked to play our first music festival. It'll mark FST's 23rd show, and our one year anniversary to the day. FST's debut show was at Club Garibaldi back on June 11th, 2010.

Last weekend, was another busy one for FST, with Friday and Saturday gigs booked back-to-back.

For our show on Friday, we'd received a last second invitation to play at the Hide House for Bay View Gallery Night. It was an interesting evening, and we played four sets, the last of which was a meandering beast, and I've no clear memory of what songs we played -- when all was said and done, we'd played close to 30 songs. Super fun time, thanks to Brittainy Dale of Blind Eye Studio for the invitation.

Our Saturday show was at the Bay View Brew Haus, and was yet another super fun show. PURPLE TONGUE opened and boy, can they rock! As always, it was really fun playing a new venue. Thanks to Codi for the free (fake) Red-Bull.

Speaking of new venues, we'll be playing the Art Bar in River West, a week from this Saturday, June 18th. Local singer/songwriter REHYN will be opening.

The official release date of our forthcoming EP is July 19th. However, we will be giving away promotional copies at our Art Bar show, so come check us out!

Our Setlist at the Bay View Brew Haus:

01. Savanah
02. Captain Cook
03. You're Next
04. The Wrong Time (aka "Chair")
05. Back from the Front
06. Beautiful Harm
07. So Long
08. Storm
09. Noble Rot
10. The Gentleman Explorer
11. Thief
12. Geneva Spur

May 17th, 2011

This past (epic) weekend, FST ended up with a third place finish in the final round of the Battle of the Bands. We were hoping to win it all to lock down a Summerfest gig, but all things considered, the experience itself was incredible, and every one of us had a blast. Met a lot of new great folks, and kept our wits about us, despite massive technical setbacks and the added pressure of the situation. My guitar FX went out before we even started, so I eventually shucked my guitar and just sang. It made for a new dynamic, but we just went with it.

Thanks to everyone who came out to vote for FST, and again, thanks to Brody and the Up & Under for being excellent hosts. The whole battle was extremely memorable, a really unique experience for us.

The following evening we played at the Monkey Bar with THE COMMUTER EXIT and THE LOCALS, two great bands. It was our first show we've played wherein a genuine mosh-pit erupted, and considering our poppy sound, we all thought that was pretty funny.

This week we're polishing up FST EP, both on the audio side and on the album artwork. Sam Farrar (of PHANTOM PLANET) is in the process of mixing "Noble Rot" for us. "Noble Rot" will be the first song on the EP, and will be released as the radio single.

Sam's most recent production effort was "Hands All Over" by MAROON 5. He's also worked with GOMEZ, BRENDAN BENSON and SARA BAREILLES, just to name a few. Needless to say, we're all very excited about this development.

Yesterday, we all heard Sam's rough mix of "Noble Rot" for the first time, and wow, it's the best FST recording I've ever heard, ever. Yes, 12 years of FST, best ever, yesterday. We're really excited for the completion of FST EP. It should be done very soon, and will most likely be released in the first week of June.

The only other notable news I can think of is that we've cancelled our anniversary show at Garibaldi. We decided that the Steel Bridge Songfest needed to have our undivided attention for that entire weekend.

Our setlist at the Up & Under on 05/13/11:

01. Beautiful Harm
02. Captain Cook
03. Battleground
04. Noble Rot
05. So Long
06. Geneva Spur
07. Trounced (to Smithereens)
08. Against Time
09. Back from the Front
10. Storm
11. The Gentleman Explorer
12. Thief
13. Discipline (NIN)

Our setlist at the Monkey Bar on 05/14/11:

01. Storm
02. Captain Cook
03. You're Next
04. Back from the Front
05. Beautiful Harm
06. Noble Rot
07. Battleground
08. Thief
09. Trounced (to Smithereens)
10. The Gentleman Explorer
11. Discipline (NIN)
12. Geneva Spur
13. So Long

May 11th, 2011

FST won last Friday's opening round of the Battle of the Bands, and we all had a really great time hanging out with family and friends -- thanks to everyone who came out to vote for us! We couldn't have done it without you.

It was our first time playing at the Up & Under Pub, and the mix sounded really great onstage. From what I heard the mix sounded real good out on the floor as well. We never take that for granted Thanks to Brody for running a place that actually cares about this stuff.

We're all anxiously looking forward to the final round, which is a mere two days away, Friday the 13th, again at the Up & Under. Our competition is going to be much greater in the final round and so we'll need everyone to come out in full force or we won't stand a chance. If you want to see us on a big stage at Summerfest, this is your chance to help bring that to fruition.

Please hit the Up & Under sometime this Friday evening and toss a vote our way. Even if you can't stay for the whole show, at least stop in for a hug, a high-five, or a beer, or all of the above. Voting will be open from 9:30PM to 1:30AM, or thereabouts. Please RSVP here.

In other news, we've locked down our Steel Bridge Songfest show. It will be June 10th, at around 9pm. This is a grand music festival held each year up in Door County (Sturgeon Bay, to be exact). We're excited to have been invited to perform.



Please check out page 36 in tomorrow's Shepherd Express. Many thanks to Jeffrey Worman, for the well thought out interview and article.

More news to come, big week for FST!

Our setlist at the Up & Under on 05/06/11:

01. Against Time
02. Beautiful Harm
03. Captain Cook
04. Storm
05. Eidetic
06. Geneva Spur
07. The Wrong Time
08. Screen
09. You're Next
10. Back from the Front
11. So Long
12. Noble Rot
13. Battleground
14. The Gentleman Explorer
15. Trounced (to Smithereens)
16. Thief

April 30th, 2011

FST played the Bad Genie last night, and it may have been the most fun I've ever had playing live music -- had a totally awesome night. We played two sets, and had an incredibly handsome crowd. Had a nice dinner beforehand, just around the corner at Real Chili. It was Jacob's and my first time there -- and what can we say, we'll be going back for sure. We also hope to someday return to the Genie. Thanks to Elsa for the cigarette and convo.

We spent the greater portion of April recording our first EP, and now that we've wrapped with the actual recording process, we're working on the mixing and mastering. We recorded everything live, just set up 8 mics and rolled tape -- no overdubs, very old school. The raw recordings sound excellent, and I can't wait to polish them up a bit. I imagine the EP will be available in the next month or so. Hopefully in time for the festival season.

Speaking of festival season: we were recently invited to play the Steel Bridge Songfest. SBSF is a four day music festival held up in Door County. Sturgeon Bay, specifically. We're very happy to have been selected, and we're obviously super excited about the opportunity. The festival runs June 9th to June 12th. Time for a road trip!

And we have another excellent opportunity in front of us next Friday, May 6th, when we'll be playing in the Battle of the Bands at the Up & Under Pub. If we win next Friday's gig, we'll move on to the finals, which will be held on the following Friday, May 13th, again at the Up & Under. The winner of the final round wins a slot at Summerfest. If you'd like to see us on the big stage, please come out and support us, throw your votes at our feets! We will make you proud.

Our setlist(s) at Bad Genie on 04/29/11:

Set #1

01. Date Last Seen Alive
02. Captain Cook
03. Savanah
04. Say Hello!!
05. So Long
06. Eidetic
07. Screen
08. You're Next
09. Storm
10. Thief

Set #2

01. Noble Rot
02. Battleground
03. Against Time
04. Geneva Spur
05. Trounced (to Smithereens)
06. The Wrong Time
07. Back from the Front
08. Alpharetta
09. The Gentleman Explorer
10. Beautiful Harm
11. Discipline (NIN)

March 27th, 2011

Played the Ynot-Ynot-Ynot last night, and really had a great time. Thanks to everyone who made it out, yoga instructors and all!

We'll be taking the greater portion of April off from playing live, though we will be playing a free show at the Bad Genie Rock Lounge, here in Milwaukee, on April 29th. We'll be playing two sets again, a la Highbury.

The rest of April will be spent with a focus on recording our first EP, auditioning a pianist, and preparing for the Battle of the Bands.

If you'd like to see us play on a big stage at Summerfest, then please etch FST into your calendars for the evening of Friday, May 6th. We need as much support as possible for this one. The Battle is being held at the Up & Under Pub, and if we win, we'll be playing Summerfest. :) We hope to see you all there!

Our setlist at the Ynot3 on 03/26/11:

01. Eidetic
02. Captain Cook
03. You're Next
04. The Wrong Time
05. Back from the Front
06. Beautiful Harm
07. So Long
08. Date Last Seen Alive
09. The Gentleman Explorer
10. Thief
11. Noble Rot
12. Geneva Spur

March 16th, 2011

Yeah. Definitely.

Great times were had by all, last Saturday night. Wanted to thank everyone who came out to the show to support us. It was our first solo show, first time playing two sets, and dang was it tiring. We had a total blast, and Joe Katz, the owner of the establishment, was very pleased with the large turnout -- he's agreed to book three more FST shows, with the first slated for September. FST loves playing The Highbury, so this is great!

In other news, I must regretfully report here that our Sugar Maple show, originally scheduled for this Friday, has been cancelled. The Sugar Maple recently changed its policy, and is no longer hosting "rock'n'roll" shows. They've gone straight jazz --Booo! Oh well though, we still love Adrienne and the Maple. Sad we can no longer play there, but happy we managed to notch a show, before this new jazz ordinance went in. We loved playing there, definitely one of our favorite shows to date. Hopefully this is a temporary deal.

Our next show will be on the 26th of March at the Ynot 3. We're excited to play the Ynot 3, as it's one of our local hangouts. We've had beers there many a time, but never played. It's always fun to play a new venue. THE BLOOD SKULLS and SOUL LOW will be opening.

By the way, I've ceased talks with Gotham Records. The 'deal' that we were working towards seemed a bit too mysterious/dubious for my liking, so I bailed. Perhaps something good will come along soon, but for now, FST is status quo, and that's a good thing. Yeah. Definitely.

Our setlist(s) at The Highbury on 03/12/11:

Set #1

01. Date Last Seen Alive
02. Battleground
03. Against Time
04. Geneva Spur
05. Discipline (NIN)
06. The Wrong Time
07. Back from the Front
08. Alpharetta
09. The Gentleman Explorer
10. Beautiful Harm

Set #2

01. Noble Rot
02. Captain Cook
03. Savanah
04. Say Hello!!
05. So Long
06. Eidetic
07. Screen
08. You're Next
09. Storm
10. Trounced (to Smithereens)
11. Thief

February 24th, 2011

A lot has happened since my last news post. A lot of awesome. For starters, we have a new jam space that's just killer. It's very conducive to creativity -- the orange couch is coaxingly comfortable, the green walls are subtle in their nurturing impact, and most importantly, the general sound of the room is sweet. We've been rehearsing vigorously in preparation for our big return to the stage! Our very first two-set show is fast approaching -- March 12th at the Highbury. We're all super stoked for this one, as it's been since late December since we last played a show.

In other news: I submitted nearly 500 press-kits a week ago, to record labels, college radio, and the press. In just a matter of days, I received a fair amount of feedback. This was a big surprise to me as I'd expected any feedback to come weeks later, if at all.

The most promising of the feedback to date: I've been in talks with Gotham Records founder and president, Patrick Arn. From the look of things, we're just days away from finalizing a non-exclusive 3-year contract. Gotham's specialty these days is music placement, and I think that could be a really good angle for FST to take. Time will tell what this partnership brings, but I'm optimistic about it, and ultimately flattered and honored by Gotham's interest in FST.

Speaking of flattery and honor: FST has been handpicked to compete in Milwaukee's annual
BATTLE OF THE BANDS. The stakes are high, as the winner locks in a big stage Summerfest gig. We're stoked beyond words to have been invited. All of this will take place at the UP & UNDER PUB on Brady Street, here in Milwaukee. The format is really neat: three different bands compete each Friday night for three weeks, and the winner of each Friday night advances to the final round. The winner of the final round then gets to play Summerfest -- so cool!

So we'll be playing at the UP & UNDER PUB on the 6th of May -- that's our first round. We really need all of our friends (and all of your friends, and all their friends too) to come out to support us. Ballots will be handed out at the door, so barring any mutinous groupie fads, the band that brings in the most fans should win.

If we're the winners on the 6th of May, the big final round would take place on that following Friday (the 13th), again at the UP & UNDER.

We've been booking shows, left and right.

We're planning on recording our first EP in April. It'll be titled 'FSTEP' and the tracklist will be as follows:

01. Noble Rot
02. Beautiful Harm
03. Storm
04. You're Next
05. Date Last Seen Alive

We are also planning a mini-tour for sometime
this upcoming Summer. It will most likely revolve around the great state of Iowa. As of now, we're looking to play Dubuque, Davenport and Iowa City. Des Moines might work out too, and we may even stray further south and hit up St.Louis for a gig with our friends BRUISER QUEEN.

So, the short of it for FST: a lot of awesome.

December 22nd, 2010

Two days ago we had an awesome impromptu show, which came into existence entirely ex nihilo. It took us completely by surprise, and the whole experience was quite surreal.

We played the Turner's annual holiday party, at Turner Hall -- but not in the ballroom, in the basement! For those of you not "in the know," Turner's basement holds a gymnasium used for fencing, rock climbing, parkour, gymnastics, etc.

The invitation came down at the last second, and we quickly scrabbled our gear together and headed to Turner Hall just early enough to get in a quick soundcheck before the party began.

We played a special holiday set. No, not really. But Todd did rock a nice Christmas solo, and as you can see in the photo above, he also rocked a nice holiday hat.

Our setlist at the Turner Holiday Party:

01. Trounced (to Smithereens)
02. Savanah
03. Against Time
04. Geneva Spur
05. Noble Rot
06. Say Hello!!
07. Storm
08. Screen
09. The Gentleman Explorer
10. Beautiful Harm
11. Battleground
12. You're Next

We had a really great time playing Turner's gymasium. It was strange for me, as Turner's is where I first learned to rock climb -- that and the fact that there were a couple gymnasts flipping around in the background during our entire show. It made for an entertaining evening all around.

Many thanks to Turner's, Kat Hren, and Rick Clark for putting the show together. It marks our fourteenth show, and also marks our last of the year.

2010 has been a phenomenal year for FST, and I want to thank everyone who's been a part of it. You know who you are. A special thanks to Jacob, Zach and Todd for putting up with me -- I love playing with you guys and look forward to continuing on with this modest rampage. :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We'll see you all again in 2011.


December 21st, 2010

Our 13th show went off well. No bad luck for us. We had a total blast as per usual. Thanks to ASUMAYA for opening, we all enjoyed your sound a lot. And, of course, a big thanks to NO ONE CALLS YOU WOLF, it was really fun playing with you guys again.

Our setlist at Frank's Power Plant on 12/17/2010:

01. Noble Rot
02. Savanah
03. Against Time
04. Say Hello!!
05. Geneva Spur
06. Trounced (to Smithereens)
07. Storm
08. Screen
09. The Gentleman Explorer
10. Beautiful Harm
11. Battleground
12. You're Next

We'll be in hiberation mode for a bit now, working on a bunch of new songs and possibly recording an EP as well. We'll likely return in mid-February sometime, or March at the latest.


December 6th, 2010

Our return to The Highbury came none too soon.
Our first show there, ba
ck in October, was super fun, and this one was even better. DONOMA opened for us, and it was once again a true pleasure to share the stage with those crazy Kenosha kids. They played a killer set, and the freezing cold air just west of the windowed stage allowed for a very cozy environment. It felt good to be inside, surrounded by friends, listening to great music, drinking delicious concoctions.

Thanks to everyone who came to the show -- you were a really great crowd. Thanks to Sam Helbling and Eli Kordus for your enthusiastic generosity. Thanks also, of course, to all our DONOMA mates, and to Joe Katz, for having faith in FAVORITE SHAPE TRIANGLE. We'll be playing The Highbury again on March 12th, 2011.

Our setlist at The Highbury on 12/04/10:

01. Beautiful Harm
02. You're Next
03. Screen
04. Trounced (to Smithereens)
05. Against Time
06. Say Hello!!
07. Savanah
08. Storm
09. Noble Rot
10. The Gentleman Explorer
11. Battleground
12. Geneva Spur

We'll be playing Frank's Power Plant on the 17th of December. Please come and check us out, it'll be another cozy night inside, and it'll be the last time you'll be able to catch FST until February/March. This time around, we'll be playing alongside Madison solo-artist ASUMAYA and local rockers NO ONE CALLS YOU WOLF. Needless to say, we're stoked for this one.

December 1st, 2010

On November 19th we played The Sugar Maple, and had a total blast; I'd say it was the coolest venue we've played yet. We had a great time playing with THE MUNITIONETTES again and hanging out with everyone after the show. We love The Sugar Maple's liberal "unlimited free drinks for the band" approach. Thanks to everyone who came out, we saw a lot of new faces in the crowd,
which is always great.

Our setlist at The Sugar Maple on 11/19/10:

01. Against Time
02. Trounced (to Smithereens)
03. Beautiful Harm
04. Savanah
05. The Gentleman Explorer
06. Storm
07. Battleground
08. Geneva Spur
09. Say Hello!!
10. You're Next
11. Screen

We're playing another free show at The Highbury this Saturday. DONOMA will once again be joining us. DONOMA's lead singer, Stephanie, reminds me of Tron's Olivia Wilde, AKA cute-cute-cute.

Here's the flyer for The Highbury show:

We're going to be taking a brief hiatus from playing shows after our December 17th gig at Frank's Power Plant. We'll be taking the month of January off to hone some new songs and hopefully to record our first EP (four songs). So we've got just two shows planned for December, and then we'll likely be shut-ins for the following month and a half to two months. Look for our return in February sometime.

Here's the flyer for our December 17th show:


Thanks to Renee Ciske for designing these flyers!


November 14th, 2010

Two nights ago we played at Linneman's with THE SAFES and local rockers WAMSLEY. It was our 2nd time playing at Linneman's and our 10th show overall -- we're glad to make it to double didge.

Our setlist at Linneman's on 11/12/10:

01. Trounced (to Smithereens)
02. Against Time
03. You're Next
04. The Gentleman Explorer
05. 6/8
06. Screen
07. Battleground
08. Geneva Spur
09. Say Hello!!
10. Savanah
11. Beautiful Harm
12. Storm

We'll be playing at The Sugar Maple this Friday.
THE MUNITIONETTES will be opening. Stoked!

November 12th, 2010

We were jazzed beyond words, before, during and after our live performance on WMSE 91.7FM last Saturday.

When we arrived, there was a palpable tension in the air, and everyone in the band was a little on edge, as this was all very new to us (at least to most of us, maybe not to Todd). We all dealt with our nerves in different ways, and some of us kept our anxieties to ourselves (until they spilt out over beers later in the evening -- turns out all of us were pretty psyched).

We played "You're Next" "Beautiful Harm" "Battleground" and "Geneva Spur" -- all more or less to the best of our ability, so we were all very pleased, not to mention relieved. We had brutalized one of our soundcheck songs just minutes before our set, but thankfully we hit it right, once we went live.

Radio DJ Tim Noble interviewed us after our set, and that was almost as much fun as playing the songs. You can hear the whole show, including the interview here.

Many thanks to Tom Crawford, Tim Noble, Soundguy Billy, and Todd Ciske for setting it all up. It was easily the most memorable FST experience of my life. It's entirely beyond words how much fun it was to play live over the airwaves.

In other news, I'm heading over to Linneman's later this hour to load in for our show this evening. We're playing with Wamsley and The Safes. Very excited about this show.


October 27th, 2010

Had a great practice this past Saturday night. Invited a few friends over for pizza + soda. Thanks to John Hawkins for recording the session. See above.

Just ten days until our radio show on WMSE 91.7FM

If you're outside of standard radio range, you'll be able to check it out at WMSE.ORG

It'll be streaming globally. 4pm on November 6th.

I should also mention that our guitarist Todd Ciske recently started up an FST-related blog,
you can find it here: Todd's Corner.

October 21st, 2010

We had just about as much fun as a band can have, while playing at The Highbury last Saturday night. DONOMA opened, and I can't say that I've seen a more adorable lead singer than Stephanie. They put on an amazing show; quite difficult to follow.

Our setlist at The Highbury on 10/16/10:

01. Against Time
02. Trounced (to Smithereens)
03. Beautiful Harm
04. Savanah
05. The Gentleman Explorer
06. 6/8
07. Storm
08. Battleground
09. Geneva Spur
10. Say Hello!!
11. You're Next
12. Screen


October 14th, 2010

We'll be playing a free show this Saturday at The Highbury in Bayview. DONOMA will be opening. It's our first of three shows we'll be playing at The
Highbury -- cheers to Joe Katz for having enough faith in us to book us three times right up front.

I bought a microKORG synthesizer the other day, and it's about as cool as any synth I've ever messed around with. Between it and my Roland MC-303, I'm going to have a lot fun with the electro side of things. There will certainly be a lot of thick and layered synth on my 3rd album, which is well underway, presently titled "Prism."

We're playing a live radio show on WMSE 91.7FM on November 6th, at 4pm. I believe we're playing six songs, maybe seven, and then they'll be some kind of interview afterwards. I predict they'll ask me why the project is called Favorite Shape Triangle. I'm kind of dreading that question, if I'm honest.

We'll be debuting a brand new song this Saturday night, so if you want to hear it, be there or be square (not triangle), and don't forget, it's free!

October 5th, 2010

Production on FST album 3 has begun in earnest. I've got 20 songs prepped to see through to publishable quality, and then once they're right, I'm going to pick my favorite 15 and assemble an album out of those.

All of the songs are already written, and for the most part complete (in demo form), they just need to be put through the Triangle factory.

Here's the list of nominees:

01. Advantageous
02. Subterfuge
03. G'damn!
04. Prism
05. Aerodrome
06. Don't Mind Dying
07. Not so Fast
08. Monorail
09. Malady M'Lady
10. Fourth of July
11. Flop
12. Killjoy
13. Scarves
14. Drought
15. Noble Rot
16. Beautiful Harm
17. You're Next
18. Storm
19. Precious Cargo
20. A Fistful of Feathers


This album promises to be a more collaborative effort -- Todd, Zach & Jacob should all make the appropriate appearances.

The album will be titled "Prism" and will be released in the Summer of 2011.


September 28th, 2010

Looks like we're going to be playing a show live on the radio on November 6th; we'll be playing a thirty minute set on WMSE 91.7FM, tentatively scheduled for a 4pm start time -- I'll provide updates once we learn more about it.

We played Frank's Power Plant this past Saturday night, and other than having no monitors, it was a real fun place to play. Playing with THE SAFES again was awesome, and BRUISER QUEEN put on a great show too.

We'll be playing another gig with THE SAFES on November 12th at Linneman's. Can't wait!

Our setlist at Frank's Power Plant on 9/25/10:

01. You're Next
02. Beautiful Harm
03. Trounced (to Smithereens)
04. Battleground
05. Say Hello!!
06. Savanah
07. Storm
08. Against Time
09. Screen
10. Geneva Spur

I began production on my third studio album yesterday, or should I say, intensified my focus on it. Spent about ten hours on a brand new song, presently titled "Advantageous." I'm way happy with it. Might turn out to be the first song on the album.

We'll be playing a couple new songs at our next show, at The Highbury on October 16th. DONOMA is joining us. They're from Kenosha; they remind me of The Velvet Underground, awesome stuff.

September 18th, 2010

Last night we played Live On North and had a really great time. Thanks to everyone who came out, and thanks to TWO FIFTEEN for putting the whole show together.

Our setlist at Live on North on 9/17/10:

01. You're Next
02. Beautiful Harm
03. Trounced (to Smithereens)
04. Battleground
05. Say Hello!!
06. Savanah
07. Storm
08. Against Time
09. Screen
10. Geneva Spur

We're playing another show with our illustrious friends THE SAFES, along with BRUISER QUEEN.

That show's slated for September 25th at Frank's Power Plant. We hope to see you there!

September 14th, 2010

It had been 3 months to the day since our last show at Club Garibaldi. We returned to Lucky's sonic brainchild last Saturday night, and this time around put his smoke machine to better use. Just as Lucky did with our debut show, he absolutely nailed the mix. We had a total blast playing Garibaldi again.

It was great to reconnect with LOOMING LARGER,
and THE MUNITIONETTES put on a very unique and entertaining show. The amount of sound those two guys can generate is very impressive; and it's good sound. I'd say they're going places.

Our setlist at Club Garibaldi on 9/11/10:

01. Say Hello!!
02. Savanah
03. Storm
04. Against Time
05. Screen
06. Trounced (to Smithereens)
07. Battleground
08. You're Next
09. Beautiful Harm
10. Geneva Spur
11. 6/8

We're playing a free show at Live on North this Friday the 17th. We'll be playing 2nd, going on around 11pm, I'd imagine. DEAD MODERN VILLAINS from Green Bay are opening, and our old friends TWO FIFTEEN are headlining. We hope to see you there.

August 21st, 2010

Last Friday we played Cal's in Chicago. It was a really great experience for everyone in the band. Cal's was really intimate; it was quite a bit smaller than anticipated and was packed to capacity. A huge rainstorm rolled in during our load-in, which made it all the more memorable.

Also memorable was the triple cheeseburger I had across the street just before the show. Delicious/hardcore.

Our setlist at Cal's on 8/13/10:

1. You're Next
2. Battleground
3. Against Time
4. Trounced (to Smithereens)
5. 6/8
6. Say Hello!!
7. Savanah
8. Storm
9. Screen

Thanks to everyone who came out, and thanks to Josh Jones for hosting the after-party. Playing foosball while the sun crept over the horizon, debating politics between goals, was a unique experience; it made me feel like I was back in undergrad. Great times.

Our next show will be at Club Garibaldi on the 11th of September. LOOMING LARGER and THE MUNITIONETTES will be opening. We're all stoked.

August 9th, 2010

So we've now got three shows under our belt, and we've another one this Friday in Chicago. We're playing Cal's on Wells street. From what I've been told it's like the CBGB's of Chicago. Thanks to THE SAFES for hooking us up with this gig. We're all very excited to play outside of Milwaukee, as it's a first for most of us.

Our Linneman's show was, in my estimation, our best show yet; the sonic chaos I'd anticipated was relatively absent. Thanks again to Jim from NO ONE CALLS YOU WOLF and, of course, to FST's newest addition, Todd Ciske. Also, I'd like to thank Jim Linneman for the opportunity and for his generosity. We had a really great night.

Our setlist at Linneman's on 8/6/10:

1. You're Next
2. Battleground
3. Against Time
4. Trounced (to Smithereens)
5. 6/8
6. Say Hello!!
7. Savanah
8. Storm
9. Screen

We'll be playing two shows in Milwaukee in the month of September, one at Club Garibaldi and one at Live on North. Check out the "shows" tab above for more details.

August 6th, 2010

Tonight we're playing Linneman's River West Inn; load-in & sound-check are just a couple hours off now, and I'm super stoked.

It's fun having booked three Fridays in a row; having a show to look forward to each weekend is a blast. It's a strange feeling, as up until recently, it'd been ten years since I'd played live.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Cactus
Club show last Friday. I thought THE SAFES stole the show, as predicted. I was just today listening to their 2006 LP "Well Well Well." I love that album.

A special thanks to Eric Uecke, owner of the Cactus Club, for inviting us to gig there. We enjoyed the venue a ton.

Our setlist at the Cactus Club on 7/30/10:

1. Screen
2. You're Next
3. Battleground
4. Against Time
5. Trounced (to Smithereens)
6. 6/8
7. Say Hello!!
8. Savanah

9. Storm

Local guitarist Todd Ciske recently joined our ranks, stepping into Tim's old shoes. Todd played with us at the Cactus Club show, and he performed excellently. It was a tall order, as he'd only really practiced with us once, but he entirely pulled it off.

Todd's not only a great guitarist, he's also a great guy; he's experienced, laid back, and genuinely cool. I'm very happy to report that he's decided to become a fixture; he's decided to become a triangle boy. Welcome to FST, Todd!

Todd will be playing his 2nd show with us tonight at Linneman's, and he'll also be playing with his other band LOOMING LARGER.

Jim Greenfield, bassist for NO ONE CALLS YOU
WOLF, will be filling in for Zach tonight, as Zach is on vacation.

So tonight's show will be another experimental foray, as Todd has practiced with us just three times now, and Jim has joined us only twice. We're all looking forward to it a lot, but I anticipate some sonic chaos, for sure.

I'm very grateful that Todd and Jim stepped in to help out, without them I would have had to do some kind of glorified Karaoke, and I'm sure that would have proven dreadful.

I've been ridiculously busy lately, with both FST and TRANSFORMERS 3, and so production on my third LP ("Prism") has gone straight to the back burner. I imagine I'll get back to it in September though.

By the way, once I've wrapped with shooting, I'll be posting tales of my transformer travails for those of you interested in such, on my facebook. It's been totally surreal so far.

Thanks again, to everyone, for all the kind words and support, and thanks to Rick Clark for hosting the after-party last week. Fun times!


July 22nd, 2010

In just eight days, we'll be playing the Cactus Club here in Milwaukee. Local band TWO-FIFTEEN
and Chicago rockers THE SAFES will be opening. This is a strange turn of events, as it's just our 2nd show. It's pretty surreal seeing our band name in the Onion.

We're all very excited about the upcoming show, though "we" are now just three. Farewell to Tim Raymond, our guitarist; he moved back to Wyoming last weekend.

Last Friday at our rehearsal space, we put together a "last Tim show" in order to send him off right. We all had a blast. Thanks to everyone who made it out and thanks Tim, for everything you brought to the table. We're all sad to see you go, but such is life.

We've been unable to secure a new guitarist in such a short amount of time, but we've been practicing, as a rabid 3-piece, in preparation for the Cactus Club. The sound is somewhat different, but we like it all the same.

We have a couple new songs to debut, and we're looking forward to doing so on the 30th. The Cactus Club was recently named the #1 venue in Milwaukee, by some big publication or another, and we're all super stoked to play there.

I'm also very much looking forward to seeing THE SAFES play again. They're really excellent; check 'em out on mister internet.

We're planning on having a merch table of sorts, at the Cactus Club show; we'll be selling CDs for half their going rate ($5 instead of $10) and we'll also be giving away free FST shirts. If you come out, be sure to pick up a free shirt. Wear it to the next show! Help us build up the TRIANGLE ARMY.

I've recently booked four more shows, to follow the Cactus Club, two in August and two in September. Please check out the "shows" tab above for details. We'll be playing our first out-of-state show in August, down at Cal's in Chicago.

And speaking of Chicago, in non-FST related news, I was recently cast as paid extra in TRANSFORMERS 3. It's been a total blast so far, and I've still got three more days of shooting to go. The whole experience has reminded me of how much I enjoyed working in Hollywood back in 2001-02, when I'd had the privilege of working as a production assistant on SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW and on UPRISING, two films produced by Jon Avnet. Back then I'd also worked as an unpaid extra for two days on Sam Raimi's SPIDERMAN. I was cutting-room floored on that one though, so cross your fingers for me on TRANSFORMERS 3, and keep an eye out next summer.

June 17th, 2010

Infinite thanks to everyone who came out to Club Garibaldi for our debut show last week, we had a total blast. It was the first live show I'd played since 1999, so it felt fairly monumental, I'd forgotten how much fun it is.

We are all very energized by how well our first show went, it's just great to be back playing live. There will be many more shows to come --our next show should be in a couple weeks, probably the 2nd weekend of July or thereabouts.

To stay apprised, check back here regularly.

I've just added a new "shows" tab to the site.

Our setlist at Club Garibaldi on 6/11/10:

1. Say Hello!!
2. Battleground
3. Against Time
4. Screen
5. Savanah
6. Storm
7. Trounced (to Smithereens)

Thanks to all the parties that helped to facilitate the show on friday: Club Garibaldi, Lucky (excellent sound guy), THE ARGYLE WISHLIST, and THE POISON CONTROL CENTER.

And thanks again to everyone for coming out to the show, it really meant a lot to us. I had more fun than I can express in words, just a total blast. I'm really stoked for the next one.

In other news: Starting in July, I'm going to be intensifying my focus on the production of album no.3 ("Prism"). I imagine it'll be complete sometime in the Summer of 2011. It's going to be a more collaborative effort than my latest. Lots of guests and such.

June 9th, 2010

We'll be playing our debut show this friday, June 11th at Club Garibaldi.

Doors open at 9pm. We'll likely go on at ten. We're opening for two great bands, THE ARGYLE WISHLIST and THE POISON CONTROL CENTER. There will be a cover charge, but it'll be ten bucks or less.

Club Garibaldi is located at 2501 South Superior Street, Milwaukee, WI. Hope to see you there!

May 25th, 2010

On January 28th I'd written that FST would be playing shows very soon, and here we are at the end of May and we've yet to play our first show.

This is solely due to a patchy rehearsal schedule. Up to the 2nd week of May we were without a legitimate place to practice, but we now have an excellent rehearsal space, and are practicing on a much more regular basis.

We're sharing our rehearsal space with another local band INTO ARCADIA. They've got a really great sound and are all really nice guys. So far it seems like a perfect fit. We're all very excited about it.

We are most certainly going to be playing shows this summer. I won't say "very soon" again, because my credibility is swiftly eroding in such matters, but I'd estimate late June for our debut.

Favorite Shape Triangle is now:

Tim Raymond on Guitar.
Zach Butler on Bass.
Jacob Noble on Drums.

Raymond, Butler & Noble. All great names, very British Aristocracy. Throw "Ruffcorn" in the mix and that all comes crashing down. Oh well.

For now, I'm primarily just singing, but also playing a little guitar. We're looking at adding a female vocalist too, and possibly a saxophonist. We're always looking to expand.

Which reminds me, we're definitely in need of an additional guitarist; so if you know of anyone interested in such, please send 'em over.

I've put off any kind of focused production on my third album for another couple months. Going to be spending more and more time on the live show for awhile here.

I can say that the third album will be titled "Prism," and that it's well under way. The demos are finished on all 15 songs, but I'll be re-working them massively, probably starting in late July or so.

Thanks to everyone who showed up to the record release party back in February, we had a blast.
It was great seeing everyone.

I'll be posting any news of upcoming shows here
on this page, so stay tuned.



January 28th, 2010

Happy to report that FST will be playing live shows very soon!! We're going to be rehearsing for the first time this coming Tuesday, and hope to have our first gig, here in Milwaukee, on March 5th.

In other news, we're going to be having a record release party for "Against Time" on Saturday, February 20th, from 2pm to 4pm, at The Exclusive Company (1669 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee). Pizza + Pop will be served, and we'll spin the disc a few times, at maximum allowable volume. Hope to see you there!

Looking to the future, final production will commence this May, on FST's third full-length album, tentatively titled "Mission Papers." I'll be shooting for an early 2011 release. The demos are done, now I just need to rework them to death.

Here's the track-listing as it stands:

01.Subterfuge
02.G'damn!
03.Bombardier
04.Fourth of July
05.Aerodrome
06.Don't Mind Dying
07.Not So Fast
08.Monorail
09.Malady M'lady
10.Flop
11.Killjoy
12.Scarves
13.Drought
14.Precious Cargo
15.A Fistful of Feathers

I just bought a Roland MC-303 Groovebox, and it's certainly going to make its presence known on "Mission Papers." I'm stoked about it. It's an awesome asset.

I wanted to say thanks to everyone who's already checked out the new album -- I really appreciate all the feedback, it means a lot.

Thanks for listening & Happy New Year.

December 22nd, 2009

FST's new album "Against Time" was officially released today! It is now available, in hard copy, here at FST's online store.

Just click here on "store," easy as that.

It will also be available at CDBaby and iTUNES, sometime in February, once the copyright clears and all that exciting contractual paperwork is finished.

I also, just today, uploaded every mp3 from the first three FST demo albums, so if you're interested in hearing some ancient/raw demos, they've been posted for your listening pleasure.

Some of these older songs will likely be revisited in more grand form, on future albums, and I'd be very interested to know if there were any in particular that would get your vote.

OK, that's it for today...

In support of FST, please check out the new album, and if you can't part with ten dollars, just download all 45 of the old demos, for hours and hours of amateurish delight. :)

Thanks & Merry Christmas.



December 19th, 2009

Hey! First update in many a moon...

FST's new album "Against Time" will be officially released in 3 days.


We've recently uploaded the artwork, lyrics and sound snippets for it, so if you'd like to hear the first minute of each song, you now have that power in your grubby little mitts.

Be sure to print out the lyrics and sing along
too -- I'm sure that's a priority for your 2010 :)

We'll be throwing a record release party at The Exclusive Company (on Farwell, here in Milwaukee) on February 20th, from 2pm to 4pm.

If you're a Milwaukeean or a Chicagoan, or any kind of local, you should definitely check it out. We'll be playing the album full blast, over and over and over, until people's hearts explode. We'll also have pizza and soda-pop, ah, how exciting. The record will be on sale for a discounted price too. I'd love to see you there.

"Against Time" is an album I started working on about three years ago, and I'm totally stoked to have finally completed it. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

It's the first full-length album that I've produced wherein every single facet of the album was tackled entirely by yours truly. I enjoy collaborating musically, for sure, but for whatever reason "Against Time" was done entirely by my lonesome. Hopefully that's a credit to the album and not an excuse. ;)

You'll be able to purchase the new album from the "store," here on this website, starting this Tuesday, the 22nd. If you want a hard copy, shrink-wrapped for your enjoyment, and you want to support Favorite Shape Triangle to the maximum of your ability, please purchase the record through this website.

The album will also be available for digital download, sometime during the first quarter of 2010, at CDBaby and iTUNES.

I suppose that's all in the way of news for now.
I hope you all enjoy the new album as much as I do, and I really hope to see you at the record release party in February.

I'll certainly be more present on news updates from here on out, no more two year hiatuses, so please check back in for regular updates.

Thanks!



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Aaron Ruffcorn