In Berkeley, CA, back in the late '70's my then brother in law NeilSheehan and I decided to start a band. It would be a power pop triowith me on guitar and Neil managing and writing lyrics. We sought outa drummer and a frontman/bassist, and in December of '79 we found themplaying on the local bay area scene.
Our lead vocalist/bassist Andy Milton was from Cleveland, Ohio. Hewas 6ft. tall, good looking and had a voice like a modern day Elvis.
Our drummer Jeff Campitelli was fresh out of high school. A local phenomwho could groove like Charlie Watts but with a new ferocious energy thatwould help propel the band into the burgeoning New Wave music scene.
We called ourselves "The Squares", or sometimes just "Squares". Therewere other bands with the same name but we were determined to getto home base first and claim the name. That never happened. We werepart Van Halen and part Everly Brothers. A mix of heavy metal, rock'n' roll, punk and new wave. We were hard to pin down and categorize,which is most likely why we never "made it"!
But as we were trying our best to get a record deal and becomesuperstars we had a lot of good times, and we laid down some seriouslygood music. We were ahead of our time, which, in this case, is anotherway of saying we were out of step with what people were looking forback then.
Ultimately, I left the band I started to pursue a solo career. It wasgut wrenching to walk away from something I put all my heart and soul into, but, as it turned out it was the right thing to do.
What remains are the original early '80's tracks recorded and mixed byour then live sound engineer John Cuniberti. We've restored the originalrecordings, brought them into the digital world, and with loving handsand ears John has remixed the best of what we did in the studio. Theysound better than ever. John was careful to preserve the band'soriginal intent with regards to song arrangements, sound and vibe, and in some cases, extremely creative mix ideas.
Turn it up and enjoy The Squares!