Squaring The Circle

Hometown Get Down, Clarksburg, MD

September 22, 2017

Squaring the circle is a problem proposed by ancient geometers. It is the challenge of constructing a square with the same area as a given circle by using only a finite number of steps with compass and straightedge; a task that was proven to be impossible in 1882. Outside the world of geometry, the term “squaring the circle” is an idiom for attempting the impossible. In Baltimore, MD, however, “squaring the circle” means only one thing: rage time.

Squaring The Circle is a four-piece band, accurately self-described as prog-funk. Its members consistently push themselves musically, creating progressive compositions and moving seamlessly through them together as a unit. A mutual love for progressive rock, funk and improvisation brought this band together, and they are rolling full steam ahead! The band’s original music is characterized by progressive song structure, complex melodies and crafty application of dissonance and resolution. Funky bass lines and soaring keyboards allow for groovy dance sections, while dynamic drumming and commanding lead guitar drive their crowds into an elated stupor. Their talents are further exemplified within their stunning instrumental arrangements of classic tunes. Finally, the band’s psychedelic improvisational sections show a true devotion to their influences, as well as their own take on the craft.

Squaring The Circle emerged onto the Charm City music scene in early 2015, and the quartet has since expanded its reach around the Mid-Atlantic. Festival appearances such as Domefest, Hot August Music Festival, Bless The Woods and, of course, Hometown Get Down have allowed the band to bring forth its talents in front of the perfect audience.

After a slammin’ set of music at Hometown Get Down X, the boys sat down with me for a look into the world of Squaring The Circle. Enter at your own risk…

Photos by “Ragin'” Randy Harris

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