The Squires of the Subterrain
Rocket Racket Records
I've always been in awe of the amount of sunshine The Squires of the Subterrain packs into its sound. Consider the fact that The Squires is really Christopher Earl, a one-man band operating out of his secret basement lair tucked away somewhere in the South Wedge. The sound has always been psychedelic pop with liberal sprinkles of bubblegum — there's as much Amboy Dukes in there as there is Donovan and The Archies. In this respect, Earl has remained constant in the Squires' new CD "Stereo." The layered studio sugar remains, but Earl has plugged in cats like guitarist Phil Marshall, trumpeter Scott Bradley, and bassist Kit Nelson. There is a nice mix of magical mystery tones and textures while lyrically it comes off light-hearted, calling to mind countless transistor radio gems of my youth. Dig the Kinks? Randy Newman? Flo and Eddie? Then by all means take a trip to the subterrain in "Stereo."