Check out the new song from the new album:
New Album, Slightly Radio Active, coming March 17, 2017
You can order the new album NOW here: http://squiresofthesubterrain.com/order-page/
Or pre-order a copy here: cdbaby.com
Song clips will be coming to cdbaby in the near future.
Annual website update February 1, 2017
Following up on Phil Marshall's album, Scatterbed :
Jeff Spevak wrote in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, dated December 21, 2016:
"my pick for Best Local Album of 2016 is Phil Marshall’s Scatterbed. As I wrote when he released the thing way back in January:
The heaviest inspiration here is clearly Marshall’s work as a music therapist with the elderly. Many of them with their minds receding into the mist, where music is often the only way to call them back to this world, even if it’s the half fantasy of “Shirley Jane” and visions of Big Bill Broonzy and, “She shared her wine with Miss Valentine.”
It is sad. “Grief walks in and sits across from you, grief doesn’t ask about your day,” Marshall sings. “I’ve been looking for a place to stay.” If you’ve ever watched, unsure as to what to do, as a loved one slipped away, you’ll have a tough time getting through “Scatterbed” as, in “Ebb and Flow,” Marshall poses the question, “Would the rain forgive the clouds for finally letting go?”
This veteran guitarist of the local scene has played in many bands over the years, most notably The Colorblind James Experience. He seems to be drawing a parallel with the death of those bands and the natural path of life: “Here’s hoping that the leaving’s easy when it’s time to go.” And the playing is beautiful, at times you’ll think of The Beatles at their most lyrically restful moments. Yes, a hard call as usual, but this is Rochester’s Best Local Album of 2016".
Scatterbed update January 29, 2016:
Phil Marshall's album, Scatterbed, has been officially released! You can purchase or check out sound clips of the songs here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/philmarshall32. CD release party is Feb 6, 2016 at Abilene [http://www.abilenebarandlounge.com] in Rochester NY.
Hello and Happy 2016
January 11, 2016
Greetings and hello! It’s that time when your pal, the Squire, does the annual site update. This past year was spent putting on final touches and tidying up a new album, Scatterbed, for my dear friend Phil Marshall. I had the immense pleasure of co-producing and contributed some singing and playing, without all the heavy lifting of writing the material. It was a beautiful journey into the unknown. Neither of us had preconceived visions of where we were going. The album will be officially released on 1/19/16. Since it’s so new, I don’t yet have a link for it. Scatterbed will be available at CD Baby, and as soon as it’s ready, I’ll update you with the particulars on ordering. Oh and yes, there is more Squires of the Subterrain music being being mangled and molded into song form. Here’s to an exciting start to the new year. Hope it’s a good one for you too!
2014 Wrap up
January 12, 2015
2014 was a good year for the Squires. Many thanks to everyone who played the new, self titled, Squires CD on the radio, reviewed it, and checked it out for their own enjoyment. I'm grateful to all who contributed to the music and the lyrics for this collection of songs.
Here are the second and third singles from "The Squires Of The Subterrain".
This Charming Place
New Album Release May 9, 2014
You can order your copy right now before the release date, only here at the Squires' site.
Click the link below to order:
Sound clips here:
The year is off to a nice start. This appeared in the Onion A.V. Club January 8, 2014:
Songs about sweaters: The Squires of the Subterrain's song "Sweater" is #10. Thanks to Will Harris for its inclusion.
El Dorado Beach from the album "Hitmen" by Big Boy Pete and The Squire.
2012 shaped up to be quite a year for the Squire. A new CD, Sandbox, radio playing Squires' music, Heather and Ross inviting me up to the Spacebridge for an interview, Mike Yates inviting me to his show (Normal Happiness) to sing some songs and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Admiral Albert's Apparition.
Scott Coblio created a short film for the Squires' song, The Cheatin' Gibson Girl. Check it out:
Thanks so much! And thank you dear reader for supporting this project. I wish you a great winter and best wishes in 2013!
The new year also means there's a new album coming out- Big Boy Pete and The Squire "Hitmen" will be released on January 21, 2013. Hitmen will be available in the usual places both in physical form as well as download.
Order directly from the Squire and you'll not only get the CD, autographed by Big Boy Pete and The Squire, but you'll also receive free surprise gifts (while supplies lasts). You can order it right now: ORDER PAGE.
Squire on the radio
There are a couple of chances to catch the Squire on the radio this week.
Friday, March 30 2012, I'll be sitting in with Heather and Ross on THE SOUND OF TOMORROW - We'll be kicking off the new CD release, Sandbox.
Sunday, April 1, 2012, yours truly will be on Normal Happiness hosted by Mike Yates. We'll be commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Squires' Admiral Albert's Apparition, as well as some live in-studio performances.
Tune in at 5PM EDT, 89.7FM in the Rochester, NY listening area.
Christopher Earl was recently interviewed by Don Campau for The Living Archive of Underground Artists.
Check it out: http://livingarchive.doncampau.com/artist_spotlights/christopher-earl
Sandbox, the new CD by the Squires of the Subterrain
Available March 30, 2012
Break out your baggies and bikinis and head for the beach!
Here's an early review.
In other Sandbox news, NPR's Click and Clack played a snippet of the new single Idlin' In the Sun on NPR's Car Talk Episode 1207, originally aired February 17, 2012.
Hey There, M.I.A. Squire here. If you stopped by this year (or any year really), you probably noticed the Squires' site doesn't change much. That's not to say things have ground to a halt, quite the opposite. There are several projects in the works.
Among them is a new Squires of the Subterrain album coming out in 2012.
I'll be posting a bit more about it in the coming weeks, so don't switch your dial.
Warm wishes to you in the new year!
The Squires' studio has been damp this spring, but things are heating up and drying out in the subterrain. There's finally light at the end of the tunnel that leads to the new Big Boy Pete/Squires album! Recording sessions have been going well and will wrap up by the end of June. Will keep you posted with this release and all the other projects underway.
Join me over on Facebook and Myspace by clicking on the buttons at the top of the page. As always, there's music for sale on the Order Page.
And thanks again for stopping in.
-Chris Earl (squire)
Hi, Thanks for stopping in. Hope the new year is treating you well!
Just got back from England. The highlight was a trip to Wivenhoe where I met up wth pop music genius, Martin Newell. We spent a couple of nights down at the Greyhound pub drinking pints and talking about music,lawn mowers, and busking some of his favorite songs. After the pub closed, we headed back to his place where he shared his home brew and gave a sneak preview of his new Christmas song, Carol . As we said our goodbyes, we hugged and I punched his lights out. Sorry about that. Fantastic time all around! Thank you Sir Martin!
Met up with Wivenhoe blogger, Jason Cobb, for coffee the next day. He's a delightful guy and is clearly passionate about living in this beautiful arts community and fishing village in Essex. His story about the Americans' visit also ran in the regional magazine Colchester 101.
Well that's great, Squire, but what about the music? Have no fear.
I've been writing and recording new songs in the subterranean studio. A collaboration with Big Boy Pete is nearing fruition. Our new album will have Pete singing, playing, and producing.