The Squires of the Subterrain - Pop in a CD
The Squires of the Subterrain springs from the do-it-yourself, lo-fi(but
certainly not low-quality) pop ingenuity of a single man,Christopher Earl
(born Christopher Earl Zajkowski), a fixture on the
Earl began playing drums in 1979 with a group of high school friends that eventually morphed over the course of the next decade into the Essentials, and then, by 1992, into five-piece dance-rock band the Salamanders; the other primary members were guitarist Gregory Townson and bassist Todd Bradley, with Earl's younger brother and two of Bradley's siblings joining at various times. The Salamanders developed a sizable local following and even had the opportunity to play with some members of James Brown's great '60s band. They released a debut full-length, Livestock in the Living Room, in 1992 on After Hours before ultimately dissolving in 1997 when a couple of members quit.
In 1998 Townson returned and the trio reformed as rootsy rock & roll
trio the Hi-Risers. On the side Earl was playing in the '60s garage-type
outfit the Riviera Playboys. In 1998 he emerged relatively aboveground
In 2000 Earl was approached by fellow pop eccentric and British psychedelic legend Pete Miller (aka Big Boy Pete) with a tape of songs that Miller had originally demoed back in 1966. Miller suggested the Squires do the songs up full-blown and also expressed an interest in collaborating and reworking lyrics. The project was recorded at the end of 2000 with the help of The Hi-Risers and The Quitters. Since then the Big Boy Pete/ Squire collaboration has continued with the co-produced Strawberries on Sunday and the newly released Lemon Malarkey, brand new October 2005.Also check out Big Boy Pete Treats and Strawberries on Sunday.
1. Theme Song