Joe Satriani has had a long and acclaimed solo career, his awards and accolades from fans and the industry alike are unending. Yet, through all of that, Satriani has often mentioned in interviews the musical trio that launched the next step in his musical career, his first band, the Squares, formed in Berkeley, CA in the late ’70s. Until now, no recordings of the inception of the legendary SATRIANI sound was available. Now that is all about to change! On July 12, 2019, “Squares – Best of the Early 80’s Demos” will be released. The first single, “So Used Up” is available now and a video, directed by SATRIANI’s son, ZZ, is also available HERE.
As SATRIANI explains, “We were part 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’!” However, SATRIANI never lost his love for that time or that music.
What remains today are the original, early ’80’s demos recorded and mixed by the bands then live sound engineer John Cuniberti. They have restored the original recordings, brought them into the digital world, and with loving hands and ears, John has remixed the best of what the band created in the studio. According to SATRIANI, “They sound better than ever. John was careful to preserve the band’s original intent with regards to song arrangements, sound and vibe, and in some cases, extremely creative mix ideas.”
Squares – Best of the Early 80’s Demosis produced and mixed by John Cuniberti, with Satriani as Executive Producer. The album features lyrics by Neil Sheehan, Satriani on (of course) guitar, Andy Milton on lead vocals & bass, and Jeff Campitelli on drums, all three lending vocals to the mix.
“Best Of The Early 80’s Demos” will be available on July 12th, 2019 as CD Digipak, Vinyl and digital on earMUSIC.
“I’m so very excited that my early ’80’s power-pop trio Squares will finally have their much-deserved international release this July 12th on earMUSIC. This release represents the best of the band’s recordings featuring Jeff Campitelli on drums, Andy Milton on bass and lead vocals, and yours truly playing guitar and doing a bit of singing too. Engineer and long-time collaborator John Cuniberti recorded, re-mixed and mastered all the material for a stunning album debut, albeit 38 years late! Turn it up and enjoy!” – Joe Satriani
LISTEN TO THE FIRST SINGLE “SO USED UP” HERE:
PREORDER THE ALBUM HERE:
- Give It Up
- Everybody’s Girl
- B-Side Girl
- I Need A Lot Of Love
- Can’t Take It Anymore
- So Used Up
- You Can Light The Way
- Never Let It Get You Down
- Follow That Heart
- I Love How You Love Me