Saturday, October 27, 2018

Squatcho - and the cinematic "Endless Destinations" from their upcoming album "Out Of Place"

Endless Destinations by Squatcho feels like a song destined to grace a film. It would be a film with bittersweet moments but a happy ending. The infectious cadence, the mixture of Americana rock, meets country rock, meets a kind of 70's pop, meets wanderlust and life changing moments all collide into a cool production that is slick but doesn't sound like it. These guys hail from the hot, dusty ag and oil lands of Bakersfield, California and their stated influences namely the "orchestrated brilliance of the Beatles, 80’s college radio, and the alternative movement of 90s—bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Sloan" you can feel on this track. Squatcho is Dylan Geurtsen at the mic and guitar, Johnny Wall on drums, and Don Collins vacillating between lead guitar and keyboards with members Tommy Alexander (bass/guitar) and Granny Wheeler (bass) returning for live performances.

The music biz can chew up talented artists with vision and spit them out and Squatcho has had their fair amount of time being chewed on as their history reveals:

Their first self-titled EP Squatcho was released in 2000 on Dr. Wu Records, followed by the self-produced LP Horses in 2002. In 2004, Squatcho signed a development deal and subsequently recorded an album with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb. In the midst of a crumbling music industry, the album was never released and the band broke up. After a 14-year hiatus, Squatcho is back with a new album Out Of Place, set for release in winter 2018. Though their home bases now stretch from California to Oregon to Hawaii, advancements in home recording technology and online file transfers have closed the gap in distance and resulted in a sound perhaps even more united now than ever.

I love the sounds these guys make and I love re-births and re-imaginings. Endless Destinations is the 3rd single from their upcoming album "Out Of Place" set to drop in early 2019.

Robb Donker


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