Squares Interview

Posted on July 17, 2009

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An interview with South Shields based band Squares for Narc magazine as they prepare to launch their debut album, Hate, Love and Public Transport.

South Shields’ based Squares have been delivering the sounds of the summer to venues in and around the North East for three over three years now. In that time they’ve played radio sessions, numerous gigs and outdoor festivals and had more line-ups than Guns n’ Roses. Most importantly though, they’ve been writing songs and winning over crowds everywhere they go. They even have the backing of one of the nation’s best loved stereo-typical Geordies, Tim Healy, which has to count for something right?

Three years of hard graft are culminating this August with the release of the four piece’s debut album, Hate, Love and Public Transport. As you may expect from its title, the album was inspired by life’s little journeys, as vocalist Daniel Clifford explains: “The album lasts for 37 minutes long which is also the amount of time it takes to get from my house to Newcastle on the X34 bus, and the words to around half of the songs were written on that bus as well. I just think there is something special that comes out in us on those types of journeys and it’s something that has always interested me.”

The album launch also sees the return of the bands original roster, with Daniel and guitarist Martin Trollope joined by Kylie Ford on the drums and Cate Beattie on bass playing duties following almost two years of frequently changing line-ups.
Daniel and Martin have been writing songs together for years as Daniel explains: “When we were in college, martin learnt to play guitar and almost immediately we started to write crappy little songs and record them on my Nan’s old tape recorder, which was always covered in flour from when she was baking scones and things.” It was only when the pair attended a film making group that they met Kylie and Cate and decided to set up a gigging band.

The rest is all water under the bridge, as well as valuable experience, but a handful of songs featured on Hate Love and Public Transport stretch back to those early days. “Warning Warning is the oldest of the songs on there. It’s from an old demo tape we made years ago, the rest were all written for the album. Some of them have been around in the live shows for a while now too. The songs have been in our heads for the past three years and we’re just trying to get them out there into the public domain as much as possible to show something for all the work that we’ve done for the past three years”

Hate, Love and Public Transport will be launched at Hedworth Hall in South Shields on the 15th of August. Tickets are available at the door for £3 or £6 with a copy of the album. Hate, Love and Public Transport will then be available from http://www.squaresmusic.bigcartel.com.

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