Shape was brought together by circumstance in 2009, when members of several defunct bands living in Lisbon joined to forge their own distinct sound within the punk hardcore space. Frontman João and guitarrists Diogo and Zé had previously torn up arenas with the band Taurina, while bassist Tiago came from Eternal Bond, and drummer Morelli from Synead and Le Dernier Combat. Guitarrist Jorge helped launch the project early on, but other priorities became an issue and he decided to retire in early 2010. Shape isn’t about a specific “shape”. It’s about those cultural icons who found themselves confined by the way the world works, and sought to shape things the way they saw fit.