Jeremy Squires

Jeremy Squires

 
New Bern, North Carolina, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

"When songs can bring back memories, you know theyre keepers. very very recommended." - Captains Dead


"If you are into beautiful but sombre songs that create a moment of reflection, almost a slowing down of life, than this is a must hear." - Sandy-slowcoustic

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Biography

New Bern, North Carolina native Jeremy Squires is a singer-songwriter best known for his haunting melodies and evocative lyrics. Squires, a self-taught musician, first picked up the guitar at age eleven, and as he grew a life-long obsession with music was cultivated while playing in bands throughout the 90s.

After parting ways with his band mates in 2001, Squires took a hiatus from music to focus on his family. The years to follow proved a challenge for Squires as he fought his personal demons. A true musician, Squires was able to turn his fragmented thoughts and self-discovery into poems, which would eventually become - A Place to Hide (January 2012) and In the Dark (May 2012). His most recent EP, Central Nervous Station was self-released in January 2013.

Writing songs to help cope, each release candidly plays out like Jeremys personal journals documenting his struggle out of the gloom of depression. To help with the healing process, Jeremy also played and recorded all of the instruments guitars, harmonica, piano, keyboards, resonator and lap steel. Released so close together, A Place To Hide, In the Dark, and Central Nervous Station can be considered as a trilogy of sorts chronically this dark time of his life.

Since the release of his first album, A Place To Hide, in January 2012, Jeremy Squires has become synonomous with thought-provoking lyrics and melancholic music. His candid approach to songwriting welcomes his listeners to step inside his dark and stunning world providing comfort and solace to other weary souls. Jeremys rare ability to emotionally open up and sing about his struggles with his demons and fears has allowed him to open up creatively giving him more confidence to experiment more on his new album, When Will You Go....

Originally written and recorded in early 2013, Jeremy produced When Will You Go... in his North Carolina home. Released in November 2013, he intended to use the album to explore themes of death and fear of losing loved ones, but it eventually became much more taking on a whole new and personal meaning. Playing banjo, guitar, piano, and resonator guitar, Jeremy enlisted indie songstress Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner, Trespassers William) to sing background vocals as well as multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard (Kalispell, Field Report) to play fiddle, bass, organ, and percussion. The result, a brilliantly sparse album with darker, more melodic songs like I Am Still Here, Echoes, and Like a Thief in the Night. Mid-tempo tracks like Oblivious and The Nest, although complicated and dismal they provide a lasting impression. Continuing the themes of When Will You Go... is J.L.P which is about the loss of both Jeremys father and grandfather.

When Will You Go... says a lot about Jeremy Squires as a person and an artist. He may not write the happiest of songs, but what he does write is absolutely gorgeous and unearthly. And, just to be clear, even though Jeremys songs are a little on the gloomy side, that doesnt exactly make him a dismal person. It just shows that he has creatively fought his way through sickness and struggles making him a better human, musician, and artist who continues to use his personal battle to grow and produce honest and spectacular albums. He demonstrates that beauty and creativity can and does rise from the ashes of fear and death.

When songs can bring back memories, you know theyre keepers. -- Captains Dead

Theres something in his music that really finds the core of my heart. The songs might not always be filled with happy thoughts, but somehow I find his music comfortable and beautiful. -- One Chord To Another

Lyrics

A Warm Glow

Written By: Jeremy Squires

Crimson covered her mouth
her things were hand me downs
beneath that pattern dress she was a plain kept mess
now an after thought when the Winter thaws
a ghostly metaphor in my haunted halls

Don't you wonder why they leave and let you down...
leave you thinking you're a fool to remember...
don't you wonder why... don't you wonder why...
don't you wonder why they do?

Crimson covered her mind
then bled into her eyes
but nobody ever saw them like that
she's velvet black shades now
dark cast upon her doubt
all her friends are gone, she's so fucked up now

Don't you wonder why they leave and let you down...
leave you thinking you're a fool to remember...
don't you wonder why... don't you wonder why...
don't you wonder why they do?

Central Nervous Station

Written By: Jeremy Squires

A cloudy stare
it slowly fades
from your kingdom there
through salty breath
if it may collapse in on itself
and if I should fall down to the depths
into the wild wind you go
then slowly fall
from your castle high
stumbling straight
but until the stars collide
a kaleidoscope of your dreams spread through the smoke
to dwindle down
into the wild wind you go
I've seen you dancing there
a lonely light
came through the shades
off your window pane
from the ghastly graves
if they may collapse in on themselves
and if I should fall down to the depths
into the wild wind you go
I've seen you dancing there
in the shadows of this house

Ghostlike

Written By: Jeremy Squires

Two lovers in the wild
we were frozen, busted up and broken
love don't play them games with my heart anymore

Took off like a rocket
from my atmosphere
love won't shine her light over here anymore

Anyway...
It haunts my mind

Two lovers in the wild
we were frozen, busted up and broken
love don't play them games with my heart anymore

Anyway...
It haunts my mind

When the earth and sky fade into a silver lining
when your eyes seem ghostlike

Oblivious

Written By: Jeremy Squires

I wish you could hear me now
the whispers in the walls echo through this house
when all of the colors inside of your head go spinning 'round
I'm on a broken ferris wheel, dangling down
out of control, out of my mind
I'm bound to fall straight to the ground

I wish you could see me now
I'm hidden by a veil somehow
all of the colors inside of your head go spinning around
on a collision course with flames
who's pulling me out?
out of control, out of my mind
I'm bound to burn, burn, burn it down

You don't know what it's like
invisible, inside yourself
in a prison that you built no one can see
been oblivious to memories that I miss so much
they meant everything, you meant everything to me

I Am Still Here

Written By: Jeremy Squires

Can't see the end with yesterday's eyes
but when you came through that door
your breath all heavy and slow...
I knew what you were and what you came for

Go

Can't find the truth in a house full of lies
no glare from your vacant eyes
no kiss before I go...

Falling backwards
through earth and dirt
falling slowly
please don't let me...

Go

Collide

Written By: Jeremy Squires

I know it shows
but the pain is just a constant confirmation
what I've become
this fickle flame
when the cold of Winter touches you just shiver
and I cut quick

Honey, I don't wanna lie to you no more
I've been moving through these waters shore to shore
and I wanna bide my time before you're gone

I know it hurts
can you see it's just a friendly observation...
that I'm not fine

Your love is like a hurricane in Summer
and I'm waiting through this thunderstorm
and I wanna run and hide for my life

Honey, I don't wanna lie to you no more
I've been moving through these waters shore to shore
and I wanna cry sometimes and we both know
it's a matter of time

Discography

Albums:

When Will You Go... (Nov. 2013)

Central Nervous Station - EP (Jan. 2013)

In the Dark (May 2012)

A Place to Hide (Jan. 2012)

 

Singles:

Open (Aug. 2013)

Oblivious (July 2013)

Ghostlike (April 2013)

Burn Me Up (April 2012)

Hurry Up (Dec. 2011)

Set List

The set list will consist of a mixture of songs from all of my albums and be anywhere from 40 - 60 minutes long.