A word or seven about SquareCircles:
Don’t get us wrong, we’re really not a “political” band! But events of 2008 have forced politics into the lives of all Malaysians.
So and thus, how could we possibly prevent political topics from insinuating themselves into our songs? Ultimately, we just rode the tsunami, took our observations of life as it is in Malaysia these days ... and put them in our songs.
We’re not a protest band, heck no, we’re too intimidated by the very thought of doing anything that requires getting the attention of the man. We figure, though, that things are worth a laugh or two, so that we all don’t get too carried away by events.
The serious battles for freedom of expression and human rights, we’ll leave it to conscientious journalists, activists and NGOs. We just want you to pay us for having our bit of fun, because this is what SquareCircles is all about.
If you have fun, too, consider it money well spent.
Why an acoustic band, you ask? Well, Bob Dylan had a good start with this, for one ...
SquareCircles was formed in October 2008, and comprises Sujesh (nylon-string guitar, vocals), Lohan (steel-string guitar, dobro, Malboro, backing vocals and foil to vocalist), Kevin The Loon (acoustic-electric bass, backing vocals, wicked chops) and Krishna (tabla, invisibility cloak).
We’re not sure how long this will last, and if it does, how regular the line-up will be ... all we can say is, if you see us perform in the future, then we’re obviously still around.
Our first gig is on Nov 8. Stay tuned for details. And a photo or two. Till then, ride with the wind.