Saturday, August 12, 2006

Square Root of Margaret

Lately, all things shoegaze, fuzz and dream rock have been the fare here in the group so I wanted to feature something of a straight forward band that defies any one distinct genre classification. Today's featured song would be difficult to pin down in that manner even if I wanted to do so. I can hear everything from classic Psychedelic Jam to Indie Rock to Power Pop within the 3:43 minutes of this song. They bring their own sound to the table for sure and have been doing so since the early 1990's. The first song I heard from this band was an unmastered demo that was not the highest sound quality but after contacting them I ended up with one that will come through your computer speakers loud and clear.

If you drive exactly 59 miles from Detroit into Canada you will arrive in Chatham, Ontario, This town is home to four friends who have been making music for years. Square Root Of Margaret honed their skills and conducted operations (and parties) in an old church rectory they referred to as The House of Bleen. After a number of releases the band grew silent. They stayed that way for years until 2005 when they came together to kick things off again. Their first CD EP Levitation Days earned them a spot on the New Music Canada top 50. They now have a brand new full length release in Cloud Nine Revisited. Check out the band's Myspace Page where you can hear some songs from it. If you visit the Square Root Of Margaret Website you can order the CD directly from the band. While you are there, look around a bit. There is plenty to see including a detailed account of every song they've ever recorded! August 18th starts them off on a fairly extensive Canadian tour that will lead them to the west coast this Fall. I'll leave you with a few upcoming tour dates before they head west as I think they would be a great band to see live.

Friday, Aug. 18 Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest PoKadot acoustic wsg Eric Welton
Saturday, Aug. 19 Chatham, ON. The Elephant's Nest TBA
Friday, Aug. 25 Hamilton, ON. The Casbah with The Ride Theory
Saturday, Aug. 26 Windsor, ON. The PHOG Lounge with Lindy
Thursday, Sep. 14 Toronto, ON. The Horseshoe wsg TBA
Friday, Sep. 15 Kitchener, ON. The Circus Room wsg TBA
Saturday, Sep. 16 Brockville, ON. The Keystorm TBA

MP3: I Don't Know Why

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