Squarewheel was born out of Jake Parker and Caleb Hollowed's lust for Psychedelic music. It all came together with the addition of bassist Chris Wilkinson and drummer Matt Beasley who added a motown/funk element to this delicious form of rock and roll....
Squarewheel was born out of Jake Parker and Caleb Hollowed's lust for Psychedelic music. It all came together with the addition of bassist Chris Wilkinson and drummer Matt Beasley who added a motown/funk element to this delicious form of rock and roll. After their debut self-titled release squarewheel found that their live show was quite captivating and ended up in venues such House of Blues Dallas/Chicago, Trees (Dallas, TX) and received an offer from Rock Army Records in Austin, TX. Squarewheel strives to make each song, album, and live show a new experience for the fan, and has created a grassroots following that is only growing.
Bodog Battle of the Bands by Bodog TV Squarewheel brought the crowd back to 1976 with their long locks and southern rock. Working in the same vein as the Black Crowes, these guys really know how to bring down the house ~BodogTV
LIVE Review from Rock The Bayou, Houston 08' by All Access Magazine Squarewheel - Rock The Bayou Former Site of Astro World – Houston, Texas By Susan Thorsen Squarewheel is another Texas (Dallas) band that is a great pleasure to see and hear. As with most all of...
Bodog Battle of the Bands by Bodog TV Squarewheel brought the crowd back to 1976 with their long locks and southern rock. Working in the same vein as the Black Crowes, these guys really know how to bring down the house
LIVE Review from Rock The Bayou, Houston 08' by All Access Magazine
Squarewheel - Rock The Bayou
Former Site of Astro World –
By Susan Thorsen
Squarewheel is another Texas (Dallas) band that is a great pleasure to see and hear. As with most all of the bands performing at Rock The Bayou, Squarewheel rose above blistering, energy draining heat to provide the crowd a set worthy of being on a larger stage than what they were on.
As I walked across the festival grounds toward Squarewheel’s stage I could hear them playing in the distance, and the first thing that crossed my mind was “That sounds so much like Humble Pie it’s almost eerie”. As I got up closer to the stage, I saw a quartet of young guys that in their own way resembled The Black Crowes during their “Shake Your Money Maker” days – young, attractive, and very into their music with a laid back type of energy.
Since I’d never seen or heard Squarewheel before, I really didn’t know their tunes or their “live” act. I found out later when I asked them for the set list they played at Rock The Bayou, that the guys in this band pride themselves on “being in the moment”. When they told me they never play the same set twice and couldn’t remember what they had played that day, I knew I had my review writing work cut out for me. There’s a very cool, confidence in that concept, and an intelligent strategy for creating and drawing in a constant fan base, once again reminding me of the “old days”.
I remember Zeppelin’s early days and how one never really knew what they were going to play or for how long, which added considerably to their “mystique” AND their popularity. They, too, had stressed playing how they felt “on the day” and not necessarily what they’d played or recorded the day before.
That said, and wracking my brain to remember what I’d heard Squarewheel play, I realized that it really didn’t matter what they’d played, what is important is how they had played it and the impact it had made. After listening to their cd, though (see cd review), I do remember hearing them play “Impatience”, sounding and looking a lot like The Black Crowes and “People”, a Led Zep type rocker with an easy going style.
Squarewheel is made up of extremely soulful lead vocalist, Jake Parker, who also plays guitar on a few tunes; Caleb Hallowed throwing in some very stylish and powerful lead guitar, Chris Wilkinson brings it home playing a very steady bass guitar alongside the rhythmic drumming of Matt Beasley. All together, this tight band fits a lot of descriptions but in a few words, I’d have to say they are energized blues rock influenced by some powerful heavy hitters who’s classic rock sounds we still hear regularly on current day radio.
With the simple addition of a hot organ player in their live show along with some very minor fine tuning, Squarewheel shows great promise of rising up from playing the club circuit to frequently working the bigger venues real soon. They have the tunes, the stage presence and the enthusiastic attitude already nicely packaged and ready to rock.
Review by Susan Thorsen
CD REVIEW by All Access Magazine This is going to age me, but here goes… I can remember there being a really cool jukebox in the cafeteria of my high school that was packed full with all the latest music. We got to spend our lunch time rocking out to the likes of Zeppelin’s, “Livin’ Lovin’ Maid”, The James Gang’s, “Funk 49” and “Walk Away” and (to this day one of my all time favorites) Humble Pie’s, “Hot ‘N Nasty”. I feel fortunate to have grown up with music that had such incredible staying power – classic rock ‘n roll that carved a niche so deep that when we hear some of those tunes today we still find ourselves engrossed, our souls exploding.
Then, by chance, we come across a band like Squarewheel and experience a complete de’ja’vu. Even though it is now the latter part of 2008 and it’s been decades since that cafeteria jukebox truly was “Smokin’”, I have to say Squarewheel’s music easily jolts me back to my days of dancing in the cafeteria at lunchtime.
On this, Squarewheel’s debut CD, entitled simply, “Squarewheel”, this foursome from Dallas, Texas and consisting of Jake Parker throwing his soul on the line with powerful vocals and well thought out lyrics, Caleb Hollowed wailing on some really rich lead guitar riffs, Chris Wilkinson playing a steady and solid thumping bass and Matt Beasley pounding on the drums, makes us remember what true old school rock ‘n roll with soul is really all about. With a little bit of The Black Crowes and The Grateful Dead thrown in for good measure, Squarewheel has got a great potential future of having a huge fan following out there waiting to feast their ears.
Even though most any band would be hard pressed to be considered a match for the incredible sounds of the late, great Steve Marriott, Squarewheel comes closer than most any band I’ve heard that claim they are influenced by the (always underrated) Humble Pie/Faces legacy. The majority of tracks on this cd will end up being described as having a “Squarewheel sound”, but there are a few of the songs on this eight song album that are also richly favored with undertones of other legendary rock bands. I clearly hear Led Zep, such as in the home-grown roots rock track titled “People”; The Black Crowes style, one-two punch southern blues/gospel rock in “Impatience”, and reminders of The James Gang with the melodic rhythm and rocking “Bad Feeling”.
Though this CD sounds great as it is, it could have been considered spectacular had it been more craftily produced and mixed. From that standpoint only, I felt that Squarewheel’s sound could greatly benefit from additional classic Hammond B3 filling out and fattening the majority if not all of their tunes (rather than just scarcely heard in a mere couple of songs) and the mix bringing the vocals more forward and “in your face”. Other than these two suggestions, this is an excellent debut, very creative and innovative and well worth adding to your collection.
I look forward to seeing Squarewheel break out of Texas in a big way very soon. And when they do, watch out, they should end up somewhere near the top and stay there for a long, long time.
Where To Purchase: Online at Amazon.com, CD Baby, BestBuy.com, CircuitCity.com, Napster, ITunes.com, Rhapsody.com, emusic.com
Booking/Management Info: Matt Parkerson / email@example.com
Review by Susan Thorsen