The first release from Madison, WI’s Squarewave, Dullhead features former members of Ivory Library, including front-man Jeff Jagielo and guitarist Pat Connaughty. Brandon Smith joins them on drums for this and the subsequent two recordings, although they now list Wendy Schneider as the third member so perhaps he has been replaced.
Self described as being “emotionally charged pop/psychedelic rock”, so far they have released three CDs, with one in the works as I type this. Although Dullhead was released to a fair amount of critical acclaim, it, along with the band, remains relatively unknown, which is sad as this is some of the best music out there. Dullhead has easily become my top pick from their catalog (although the others are excellent works as well), and I find myself returning to it quite frequently. Although they claim that “at the core of this album are simple, pretty songs written by real people with real lives”, the compositions, in reality, are complex and masterful pieces, perhaps based on simple and pretty song structures, but the genius with which they built on that foundation becomes apparent the further one gets into the album.
Two former guitarists from the Madison, Wis. band Ivory Library have formed Squarewave. Their music ranges from dark, sparse electronic/acoustic songs to dense psychedelic guitar work. Always melodic and honest, striving for the real emotion in their songs. Their past work has garnered national critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Billboard, Option Magazine as well as numerous midwestern state and local papers. Their approach has always been low key and they continue to fly under the radar.
“Stark, gray….alluring” Rolling Stone
“Emotionally dynamic” Alternative Press
“Music that remains in your thoughts long after the stinger has been removed” Nites Sites and Sounds
“Intelligent, haunting” Ptolemaic Terrascope (England)
“Sophisticated confluence of the heart and mind” Milwaukee Journal
“Ambitious and startling” The Isthmus
“Pure inspiration” Option