Alright, Alright, Alright-. The Squeaks are rocking on their new tune “Black Eyes”. The Squeaks would fit in splendidly with the 70s rock alum; with their rough guitar riffs similar to Rick Derringer’s, pounding drums that would give Foghat a run for their money and catchy lyrical stylings, the Squeaks are bringing that 70s sound to 2019. You can literally transport yourself into a music hall, rolling smoke rising up to the ceiling, the heat of fellow fans surrounding the stage banging their heads to the beat; this feel good music will keep you on your feet wanting more.
Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri these rockers come from the same city as rock n roll founders Big Joe Turner and Chuck Berry, and the rock n roll sound is certainly not lost on these guys. If you’re looking to be transported back to one of themost rocking eras, stream “Black Eyes” today.
Listen to "Black Eyes" here and catch up with the band below in our exclusive interview!
Nice to chat with you all! Thank you for taking the time to talk about your new single “Black Eyes”. To start could you tell us a bit about the band and how long you’ve been playing together?
Yeah, thanks for chatting with us! So Dietrich Schalk and I got this cool idea to form a band about three years ago when we were in high school, but we had no clue where to start. So finally after we graduated we said were going to give it a shot and have been playing ever since. And yeah, our line up is basically Dietrich and I on rhythm and lead guitar and we switch off who sings lead just depending on who wrote it. Dietrichs brother Caleb is our insane pianist, but other than that we have had quite a few line up changes since we started.
What does the creative process look like for the band? How do the songs come together?
So Dietrich and I write the lyrics and our guitar parts, and basically we just get together for practice or whatever, and just jam on it for a little while till we all figure out our own parts for it and use those as base lines when we play it in the future. I know sometimes when I write a song I kinda have different ideas in my head about different parts or melodies someone else can do, but yeah it's pretty free and spontaneous.
Listening to “Black Eyes” the classic rock n roll era really bleads through. Who are you musical influences?
That's actually kinda funny that you say that, because neither one of us really like classic rock. Dietrich wrote the song pretty early on and we just both really like it. But on the influences, this song specifically, we both kinda agreed it sounded more like the Black Keys, but it was also recorded in a shed so it has a bit of rawness to it. So yeah I gave away a big one. The Black Keys are huge to us, especially Dan Auerbach. And of course the basics The Beetles, Nirvana, The Strokes all those guys. Lyrically I am influenced tremendously by Kurt Cobain. Just the way he could craft a beautiful headbanging song, but still have deep meaningful lyrics with a very catchy melody is legendary to say the least. And that's what I strive for, personally, is making a different or unpopular style song but still having a good hook to keep it replaying in people's heads all day.
Who would you love to collaborate with or head out on tour with?
Honestly anyone. But for real, Jack White, Dan Auerbach, Peach Pit, Albert Hammond Jr, David Grohl, Mac DeMarco. Play with or opening for any of those guys would absolutely be a dream come true. Like, life goal accomplished kinda dream come true.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Getting our music out and playing shows. Were pretty fresh and still have a lot to learn but that's the fun part. We're ready for a lot of growing pains but hopefully get a lot of progress out of it. Thanks so much talking with us!
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