Squarecrow “Rammi Jamms”

8 new songs from San Diego’s melodic punk rock band SQUARECROW. Sunny, and full of energy, you’ll easily get hooked on songs like “Sarasota” or “First Flight” and its cool guitar gimmick. “Right On” brings early BAD RELIGION to mind, and songs like “20/20”, “Recipient” (cool metal guitar solo in this one!), and “Afterwards” (you can almost hear some FUGAZI in this one) show us that SQUARECROW are definitely not your typical pop punk band.
SQUARECROW seems to play quite a lot in the US, and you can hear that in these songs that sound tight, but keep a live edge at the same time. You’ll enjoy this record esopecially if you’re into melodic punk, though you already have an excuse for not getting it if you suffer from podophobia. Laurent C.

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Squarecrow “Oh, Ramona”

SqORSan Diego’s SQUARECROW are back with a full album “Oh, Ramona.” Somewhere between sunny Californian pop punk and 90s emo punk, the band also added a power pop touch to their music in songs like “My Ramona” and “Don’t Worry.”
Up tempo skate punk fans will enjoy “Die Awake” and “Antenna Booster”, RANCID fans might like “Out Like Elliott” and “Let It Burn”, SOCIAL DISTORTION ones will dig “Find My Way”, and if you need to slow down, then just listen to “Lesson Learned” and its 60s influenced guitars, or the acoustic “Half Truths.” On the other hand, “Seventh and Main” would fit more into the hardcore punk category.
As you can hear on this album, the band’s music stands in between several genres, but it’s far from being a bad thing since they’re very good at what they do./Laurent C.

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Squarecrow “B Sides”

coverThis band from San Diego can do magic tricks: They will take you back to the late 90s/early 00s without staying glued to the past. 6 punk rock songs full of guitar melodies/vocal harmonies in a HOT WATER MUSIC/JAWBREAKER way, and choruses made for singalongs (“Dysania”, “Via Cadore.”)
While SQUARECROW sometimes seem to flirt with pop punk/skate punk (“Wayside” -reminding of the great BOSS MARTIANS-, “Colored Red”), you’ll also hear some cool and surprising sunny 60s/mariachi influences in “Barbra” as well as some rockabilly ones in “3 Weeks” that add a lot to the band’s identity.
This is a bit weird that SQUARECROW isn’t more famous, and touring the world right now. Just listen to these songs, and you’ll probably come to the same conclusion./Laurent C.

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