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