Squaretape

Squaretape

BandRock

Devo meets The Kinks meets Talking Heads - five burning San Francisco musicians perform a frenetic mix of deep vocal harmonies, ripping guitars, screaming synths, and melodic hooks over tight, twisty arrangents.

Biography

Squaretape was formed in 2004 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Kirk Hamilton. A Downbeat Magazine award-winning jazz saxophonist and composer, Hamilton began to teach himself the guitar in 2003. A year later, he formed Squaretape with guitarist Dan Nervo; the band’s personnel also includes Dan Apczynski on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, Brian Fox on bass, and Peter Thomas on drums.

2006 saw the band playing sold-out shows and opening for national acts like Storm Large and Banyan, as well as hard at work in the studio, recording a six-song EP. Released in March of 2007, the self-titled disc is a collection of the driving beats, shimmering vocal harmonies, ripping guitars, and angular synths that have become inextricable components of the band’s sound.

Lyrics

Massive Attack

Written By: Kirk Hamilton

The filter the falter
Don’t drink the water!

Taxes and taxes and
Formula fodder!

A-B seventeen capital “E”
Everybody face forward now and
Say it with me!

Ready to the starting line
Everyone will turn out fine!

Carry a light for certain
And the fall will be bearable
Light your concerns for certain
situations brewing, brewing here

Chorus:
I got a cool cat feeling
but I’m sending it back
I got a ten track reeling
out some massive attack
Now everybody grab something
From the center stack
But all the good stuff’s taken
If you’re passing the knack

If you’ve a careful conscience
You’ve got problems,
you’re in trouble, trouble deep

(Chorus)

Girls: Fill the form and win a prize,
tell us all about it, guys!

Guys:
We’re in the midst of a fusion frenzy
We’re gonna energize
whatever we see
Light up the men in the Queen’s navy
And that might be okay with me

I got an apple with a rotten core
I’m gonna trade it to the liquor store
If they’ll accept it then I’ll get me some more
More, more, more!!

(Chorus)

I got a deep dark feeling
That the coffee is black

Ragdoll

Written By: Kirk Hamilton

I know
I know your secret
I know it so well
I’ll never tell

I am
I am a vampire
You shared your secret
I’ll never tell

Ragdoll
You never owned me
You never showed me
You never could

Over
I couldn’t love you
I’ll never love you
And so I go

It was
It was relieving
To stop believing
I cared for you

I am
I am a vampire
You shared your secret
I’ll never tell

Ragdoll
You never owned me
You never showed me
You never could

Over
I couldn’t love you
I’ll never love you
And so I go

Oh my
Story is over
Oh please forgive me
For what I’ve done

I am
I am the ragdoll
I couldn’t love you
And so I go

Ordinary

Written By: Kirk Hamilton

Lady does all that the modern way
simply slides her stub and goes to get paid

See the hour hand and
see the minute hand it’s
closer and it’s over

Ordinary dreamers sleep when they drive
Love to tell you you’re not really alive

Here’s the hour hand and
here’s the lifetime hand it’s
closer and it’s over

Oh
Same as before
Oh

You’re invincible
Indestructible

In the lazy winter
Make a case for better weather

When you’re crazy thinking
Nothing ever lasts forever

Oh
Same as before
Oh

Oh my Beautiful
You are beautiful
Oh, why falling face
Is such a waste

Oh
Same as before
Oh

You’re invincible
Indestructible

In the lazy winter
Make a case for better weather

When you’re crazy thinking
Nothing ever lasts forever

Discography

Squaretape - EP; released March 2007

Set List

Full Repertoire: 15-20 original songs, 2-3 covers

Standard set: 8-10 songs, 50-60 minutes, almost entirely original material with a couple of covers reserved for encores and special shows.

Able to play two 50-minute sets.