Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE - Westward, Spring 2014

Following last fall's tour of the eastern US and Canada, progressive punks Circle Takes The Square announce "Westward", an extensive Spring 2014 tour that focuses on the western chunk of the nation.

Circle Takes The Square carved their initials on the underground in 2004 with the release of As The Roots Undo (Robotic Empire), an album which confounded with its technicality and ravished with its emotion. In the words of Nashville Scene, "If there were any justice in the world, Circle Takes The Square would be the band that defines emo for the masses. Their 2004 debut, As The Roots Undo, is a dense, chaotic work of witchy post-hardcore, laden with a darkness you'd more likely expect from Norwegian black metal records than an emo power trio." Rolling Stone praised the debut with these words: "This trio makes torrid, complex scream-ola on this astounding full-length debut, charging its Napalm Death-style time swerves and Fugazi-like guitar meat with a rare, heated male-female vocal attack that puts the X in emo."

Almost ten years later, having influenced scores of younger bands in the meantime, the band released their long-awaited follow-up, Decompositions: Volume Number One, via their own label, Gatepost Recordings. A stunning "comeback", Decompositions: Volume Number One bursts forth with passion, rooted in epic, pagan visions and twisted into abstractly complex musical forms. A progressive, metallic verion of emotional hardcore punk, it transcends genre and exists in the realm of the true innovators, from Rorschach to Slint.

On the upcoming "Westward" tour, Circle Takes The Square plays roughly 30 US cities, including a slot on the Skeletal Lightning Fest in Urbana, Illinois, with Thou, Enabler, Weekend Nachos, Cloud Rat, and more. The band is joined on multiple California dates by Loma Prieta and Calculator.

Of Circle Takes The Square's Brooklyn show at St. Vitus last fall, BrooklynVegan reported, "The group gave it everything they had from the word 'go.' They tore through the incredibly complex compositions with furious energy, hitting every transition with clock-like precision... I overheard more than one conversation about how people had been waiting since they were teenagers to see CTTS."

Circle Takes The Square is comprised of founding members Drew Speziale (guitar, vocals) and Kathleen Stubelek (bass, vocals), with drummer Caleb Collins.

9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
10 - Columbus, OH @ Dude Locker
11 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
12 - Urbana, IL @ The IMC (Skeletal Lightning Fest)
13 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House
14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
15 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
17 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Music Collective
18 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
19 - Boise, ID @ Crux
20 - Couer d'Alene, ID @ Calypso's
21 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
22 - Portland, OR @ Branx
23 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
25 - Sacramento, CA @ Luigi's Fungarden w/ Loma Prieta
26 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Loma Prieta
27 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Loma Prieta
28 - San Francisco, CA @ Submission Art Space w/ Calculator
29 - Fresno, CA @ The CYC w/ Calculator
30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Lyric Theatre

1 - Pomona, CA @ Aladdin's Jr
2 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre Underground
6 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Firecreek Coffee
7 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
8 - El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
9 - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
10 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
11 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
12 - Florence, AL @ Pegasus Records
13 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia