* featured image by Kendra Sheetz
It was a rare cold and rainy night in San Diego when I found myself standing outside the Til-Two Club, smoking a cigarette, as I tend to do. The show I was at had just ended and I was waiting for my friends to come out so we could go home. Exhausted and irritated, I put out my smoke and was about to head back in to wrangle them up when I was approached by a tall, lanky dude reaching out to hand me something. “Hey, do you want one of these CDs? I just dropped a bunch in the gutter and now they are all wet.” He handed me a CD entitled Oh, Ramona and walked away. This was my introduction to Todd Allen and Squarecrow.
That story is not technically true. But it’s a hell of an introduction, am I right? I had totally seen Squarecrow play before that. Shit, I’m pretty sure they played that night. Why else would Todd be carrying around of bunch of his band CDs? I had also seen Todd around previously at a bunch of shows; the San Diego scene is not that big. I’m just super socially awkward and it’s hard for me to introduce myself to people. When it comes to Squarecrow, the truth is I am a complete and utter garbage person who just doesn’t pay attention to things that are not familiar to me. I guess I secretly hate music or whatever… But now I had a physical copy of a Squarecrow CD in my hands, I could not ignore them any longer. I popped that disc into my car stereo on the ride home and kicked myself for once again ignoring an awesome San Diego band. Idiot.
Squarecrow consists of the previously mentioned Todd Allen and Daniel Riveroll. For the La Escalera Records released Rammi Jamms, they were joined by the apparent ‘Mikey Erg of the San Diego Scene’, Kevin White (who was in
Orlando Florida while recording this album). Kevin’s influence can be immediately heard as the bass guitar moves more so to the front and center than on previous releases. It has that awesome dirty tone reminiscent of Banner Pilot or Off With Their Heads that I personally love. Todd’s lyrics are as sharp as ever, from the eerily familiar “First Flight” to the infinitely catchy bummer jam “Right On” to my favorite track on the record “20/20.” Seriously, all eight songs on this album are really great. But that three chunk song block fucking rules so hard. If you can get past the disgusting foot cover and questionable album title, Rammi Jamms is a gold star solid listen through and through.
San Diego has been proving we go hard as of late and La Escalera has been on absolute fire this year with releases from Western Settings, DFMK, Bastards of Young, and now Squarecrow. And obviously Squarecrow themselves has stepped it up, topping both of their previous albums by a long shot. Don’t be a big old stupid idiot like me and give these dudes a chance.
Squarecrow is tour starting today! Go say hello and give the boys a hug:
06/02 – San Diego, CA – The Soda Bar
w/ toyGuitar / Plane Without a Pilot
06/03 – Las Vegas, NV – Sunset Warehouse
w/ Rayner / Social Set
06/04 – Tucson, AZ – Gary’s Place
06/05 – Tempe, AZ – Time Out Lounge
w/ Decent Criminal / Heavy Breather / Plainfield Butchers
06/07 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Beehive Social Club
w/ Problem Daughter / Seasons
06/09 – Portland, OR – The Know
w/ 48 Thrills / Fools Rush
06/10 – Seattle, WA – The Kraken
w/ Four Lights / 48 Thrills / Amsterdam Seattle
06/11 – Burien, WA – 20th & Hendo
06/12 – Portland, OR – Foggy Notion
w/ Thurman / Inside Information
06/13 – Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s Pub
06/14 – Medford, OR – The Bamboo Room at King Wah’s
06/15 – Sacramento, CA – Cafe Colonial
w/ Dead Dads / Sonder / Bloodtype Negative
06/16 – Oakland, CA – The Annex
w/ The Empties / Girl Migraine / Bad Monroe
06/17 – Victorville, CA – Kennedy’s Pub
w/ Gentlemen Prefer Blood / Born Rivals
06/18 – Tijuana, MX – Mods Bar
Squarecrow also has two other albums available digitally: B-Sides and Oh, Ramona which you can also find at the link below after a few clicks. Go on, make Al Gore proud he invented the internet and figure that shit out.