The Alternative Underground

by Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires

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Tracks 1-5: Vocals and guitar recorded in Demaree's Alberta District room in Portland OR (Feb 2014). Drums and backing vocals recorded in same room (March 2014). Lap steel and violin recorded in Beaverton OR at Stockdale's studio (April 2014). Bass (April 2014) and additional backing vocals (Aug 2014) recorded at Demaree's Hollywood District room in Portland OR.

Tracks 6-7: Vocals, guitar, drums, lap steel, bass recorded live in studio at Stockdale's (July 2014). Backing vocals, violin recorded at Demaree's Hollywood Dist room (Aug-Sep 2014).

Tracks 8-9: Guitar, drums, lap steel, bass recorded live in studio at Stockdale's (Aug 2014). Vocals, backing vocals, violin recorded at Demaree's Hollywood Dist room (Aug-Sep 2014).

Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires congregate in Portland OR. "The Alternative Underground" is the second release from this band with a change of Bass players and the third release under his name (Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires "Sunbeams", Joseph Demaree and the Broken Windows "Mirrors"). Demaree is originally from San Jose, CA. where he found interest in music through the late 80's and early 90's punk and skateboard scene. This aggressive and accepting group allowed Demaree to participate by playing music in all sorts of bands (FDS, Ringwurm, Lemming, Your Mother, The Unit Breed, Emo Summer) locally and all over the world. Joe would host shows in his home for local and national acts, record most of his groups material as well as many local bands, and release much of his own music and art (Nothing, Nothing Everything, Nothing Enterprises). Demaree left art school in 2003 and moved to Portland OR in 2004. He continued writing, recording, performing and touring as The Unit Breed. Idiomism Records would also be born. In 2010 The Unit Breed would be put to rest and Joseph would land back in San Jose CA to begin a cable access show called "Welcome Back!" and record and release Captain Nowhere's "Party Time Inc.". With another move south to Encinitas CA (2011), Demaree picked up an acoustic Martin 0015 and began writing his first album under his own name. He moved around landing in Ranchita CA, and Oceanside CA before returning to Portland OR to record "Mirrors" (2012). Demaree would move back to the Bay Area, living in Los Gatos CA and San Jose CA, before returning to Portland OR to record "Sunbeams" (2013). Joseph toured as a solo act and painting plein air landscapes between Portland OR and San Diego CA (July-Aug 2013). Landing in Hayfork CA for a couple months, Demaree settled in Portland OR and began recording "The Alternative Underground" (2014).

Ben Dahmes, Joshua McCaslin, and Don Ankrom would accompany Demaree on his album "Mirrors", as well as Miranda Shapiro and Angela Kremer on strings. Demaree had played drums with Josh and Don in the group "Kowloon" (2010). Josh had begun a new group with Ben called "Roselit Bone" (2012). Josh, Don and Ben continue to play in Roselit Bone.

Josh would leave and Joey Stockdale would join the group to record "Sunbeams". Joey had played with Joe in the group The Pink Snowflakes and The Unit Breed (2005). Joey re-named the group "The Square Tires", as the new band played a mellower and more unique style of music with Miranda and Angela on vocals, Joey on lap steel, Ben on drums and Don on bass.

Don would leave and John Ogle would join the group to record most of "The Alternative Underground". John had played with Joe in "The Abominable Snowband"(1996), a group that performed for kids aged 5-14. John would leave the Square Tires and Shane van Hayden would finish recording bass on this album. Demaree had seen Shane's band "Spur" play and invited Shane to join. Miranda would add violin to these records. Miranda and Angela would record vocals separately. Ben and Joey would continue to bring great rhythm’s and jams.

As a three piece, Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires played four shows in the Bay Area CA (Oct 2014), Ben Dahmes on drums, Miranda Shapiro on vocals and violin, and Joseph Demaree on vocals and guitar. Demaree is currently in the Foothills of CA. preparing to live on Maui HI (Nov 2014).

Video link of Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires 2014 Tour
www.youtube.com/watch?v=12c5OZPdAU8&list=UU0BFIlQGOfJxWmbAdpZBDwQ

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released December 12, 2014

Joseph Demaree - Vocals, Guitar
Ben Dahmes - Drums
Joey Stockdale - Lap Steel
Miranda Shapiro - Vocals, Violin
Angela Kremer - Vocals
John Ogle - Bass (Tracks 1-7)
Shane van Hayden - Bass (Tracks 8-9)

Written & Recorded by Joseph Demaree
All Artwork by Joseph Demaree

Samples from the movie's "Will Penny" & "Harvey"

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July 20th 2017: The Great Smoking Mirror will be playing at Valentines with Galloping Strider & Kialani. 9pm / 232 SW Ankeney PDX.

Aug 19th 2017: The Great Smoking Mirror will be playing in Bellingham WA. More info coming soon:)

Joseph Demaree is currently working on a new album in Portland OR with The Great Smoking Mirror. They are also playing out live!
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Track Name: When We Meet
Hold on I'm coming, you'll hear it when we meet
patience darling, in stirring up something sweet
on the corner, wallet deep, hands on you, something sweet
want to want it, want to see, want to want it like me

What's dead in the corner, partner at its feet
hold on I'm spinning, time to catch the beat
patience, while stirring it up so sweet
in the corner, wallet deep, hands upon you, something sweet
honey dripping, clean it all up tomorrow, go n' want to want it like me

We can clean it all up tomorrow, tonight let's stir it up sweet
We can clean it all up tomorrow, tonight let's stir up something sweet
Want to want it like me, want to want to stir it up something sweet
Track Name: Sick Love
Love you Mama till I'm gone, lover drowning in the sea
won't you meet me, where you sank all our dreams
in that underbelly and mainstream

Tired eyes watching birds drift bye as beauty helps define everything
in this sick love, what a sick love, so sick in love

Lost love found, the kiss left on the ground
hey, you gonna go chase it down
in this sick love, what a sick love, so sick to be loved

No forgiving and no embrace, in an idol disgraced
lover drowning in the sea, might I meet you where you sank all our dreams
in this sick love, what a sick love, so sick to be loved
anyway
Track Name: When It's Silent
When it's silent, who's gonna break it, for what it's worth
in that silence, when does it stop, till you run outta' words? You run out?

So old wise why, does it hurt, why does it have to hurt, like this

A reply is perfect, it's just perfect, as perfect can be part of this silence
part of the worth, in all this silence, in all these words
you run out of words?

So old wise why, does it have to hurt, why does it hurt, like this

To act the fool, to take the step, as we're falling
to learn of birth, to learn of death and we're flying

To reply is perfect, it's just perfect, as perfect can be part of this silence
when in silence, when it's silent
Track Name: Never As It Seems
To see you moving, as a river should be
aint' the last, pay attention to see
this light fall, upon the world
goes by so fast, never seems as it should

Wash your soul in the storm of the womb
the blood on the ground the trees fruit

Little child, I know you will see
what the world, as it will be
thoughtful one, have you to be
she's between, ask you to be

See you moving so fast, fast as you could
no motion for change this direction preferred

To see you moving as a river should
stars reflecting, you give it how you could
to see this moment, as it seems
honor the soul and set free
Track Name: Upon The Horizon
Upon the horizon is a mountain to climb
upon the horizon, a skyline
and in the distance, what will you find?

Upon the horizon there are worries and fear
upon the horizon dreams to make real
and in the distance, you may find peace of mind
bread and wine, what will you find?

Upon the horizon, to climb a mountain so high, to climb the sky
upon the horizon, between the starlight and sunlight
in the distance, I hope you find, what will you find?
Track Name: You Might Say
How it gently rests, on the vine
baring witness, brassy as it goes
to and fro, simply to and fro

You might say you don't know me
you might say this to yourself
to reflect goes the singer
may express as nobody else
please sing me a story
sing it to me again
the part best in the spoil
how confessed
and to the next

Hear them sing along a story
one on top of that
you may say you don't know me
you may say to yourself
the wave has been grounded
still within itself
you may say what a story
you may say unto the self
might be said love another
as today nobody else
Track Name: Breathing
Might of screamed to loud
might of been what we've been know for
used to be so loud
had they understood what for

Might of wanted to see its head
selling what once had been
spy's like these friends (what for, once more)
knew em to be in the crowd
chasing skylines now

Sent us back to the bricks and the wall
heard the proud paying rent it for all
true to the craft, get some money, part of the war

Tomorrow will hit either way
chase them skylines now
might have screamed to loud
who's trying anymore
Track Name: Bending Lines
Ain't it easy, when you make it easy and leave all the rest behind
did you get lost when you took off running, nevermind
tonight let's get dressed so we can undress, the moonlight, the shadow reflecting the sun and time
tonight we're walking and bending lines
letting it all fall out of time
listen, someone's whispering, waiting to find out, who's listening and who has the time

Ain't it simple, when you keep it simple and keep all that thinking for other times
I caught you looking and the world keeps on turning
is that gravity shaking all that junk around
tonight let's take it into town
for the spotlight's impression, the wondering eyes our reflection
hold me in this dream that I share with you
Track Name: Another Way Back
Like nothing new, another way back to youth, to find a way, out of mind
reflecting again, like experience, walking on hope, glitter and dope
story re-told, what you sticking to? Like nothing new, another way back to youth, another way back to you

Hear a voice not there, you ever felt that air, cold and long gone, give it all to be one
like waiting on nothing new, to crown another truth, another way back to youth, another way back to you
another way back

So old and true, like waiting on nothing new, another way back to youth
another way back to you, another way back
to you