Circle Takes the Square
Kathleen Stubelek (front) and Caleb Collins (back) performing in Leipzig, Germany in 2012
|Origin||Savannah, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Screamo, grindcore, post-hardcore, experimental rock|
|Labels||Gatepost Recordings, Robotic Empire, HyperRealist, Perpetual Motion Machine|
Circle Takes the Square is an American screamo band from Savannah, Georgia. It is composed of founding members Drew Speziale and Kathleen Stubelek, as well as Caleb Collins. Their debut release was a 6-track self-titled EP released in 2001, followed by a 7" split with Pg. 99 in 2002. In 2004, they released their debut studio album As the Roots Undo on Robotic Empire, which released the CD, and HyperRealist Records, which released the gatefold LP. The album gained them considerable acclaim. The band's sophomore album, Decompositions: Volume Number One, was released after an 8-year silence on December 21, 2012 as a digital download; physical editions of the album were released in April 2013.
Ben Sailer of Noisey wrote that As the Roots Undo, which Drew Speziale "describes as 'just a punk rock record from 2004', has long garnered praise from both the press and fans alike for its forward-thinking blend of 90s screamo, fractured grindcore, and experimental post-rock". According to Metal Injection, Circle Takes the Square have "made a legendary name for themselves ... with their blend of progressive experimentation and DIY hardcore, metal, and noise ... characterized by a natural fusion of the off-the-wall structures of grindcore and the sweeping guitar dynamics of post-punk". They have described themselves as "...a punk rock band with reverence for the Mystery." Writing for NPR music, Lars Gotrich credited Circle Takes the Square alongside Pg. 99 and Orchid as pioneers of emotional post-hardcore.
[...]there's a renewed interest in the emotional post-hardcore that bands like pg. 99, Orchid, Circle Takes the Square and Majority Rule pioneered, mostly by an audience that was far too young to hear it the first time around.