"Prog punk with a classical touch"
photography by Ankit Narang
Square is a modern prog-rock band based in Vancouver that epitomizes the ethos of the Canadian middle-aged experience. Multicultural, overeducated, and ironically trying to justify art-making in our current (dis)information age, Square asks a unique musical question: what happens when you know all the rules, and where all the roads in life lead, and somehow still get lost?
Square began in 2017, after three well-established composers in the Canadian contemporary music scene, James Maxwell, Edward Top, and Alfredo Santa Ana, imagined a new creative output for their work. Together with Vancouver's indie-music scene legend Nathan Dillon, the songs they have created are powerful, complex, and uniquely wrought out, resulting not as an experiment of their combined musical lives but as a staunch statement of musical mastery.
For Maxwell, the world somehow makes a little more sense from behind the drum kit. Partnered with Dillon’s nail it to the wall punk-rock bass playing and jazz-inspired multiplicity, the rhythm section anchors the angular and complex guitar riffs of Top and Santa Ana.
Together, Square pride themselves in making 5/4 and 7/4 sound as much like 4/4 as possible; drawing a 5-sided square.