Circle Takes the Square
|Circle Takes the Square|
|Origin||Savannah, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Screamo, hardcore punk, post-hardcore, progressive metal, emoviolence, experimental rock|
|Labels||Robotic Empire, HyperRealist, Perpetual Motion Machine, Gatepost Recordings|
|Members||Drew Speziale |
|Past members||Jay Wynne |
Circle Takes the Square is an American experimental screamo band from Savannah, Georgia. Their debut release was a 7-track self-titled EP in 2001, followed later by a 7" split with Pg. 99. In 2004 the band released As the Roots Undo on Robotic Empire, which released the CD, and HyperRealist Records, which released the gatefold LP.
The band released their second full-length album, entitled "Decompositions" on 21st December 2012 as a digital download. Physical editions of the album will appear in early 2013. The first volume was released as a limited edition of 300 CDs, entitled "Decompositions Vol. 1, Rites Of Initiation" and was put out on their own label, Gatepost Recordings in the Autumn of 2011.
Musical style 
Circle Takes the Square has been described as being a "blend of progressive experimentation and DIY hardcore, metal, and noise...characterised by a natural fusion of grindcore and the sweeping guitar dynamics of post-punk and emo". They describe themselves as "...a punk rock band with reverence for the Mystery." Lars Gotrich, when writing for NPR music credited Circle Takes the Square alongside bands Orchid and Pg.99 as being prominent influences on emotional post-hardcore.
- Current members
- Drew Speziale – guitars, vocals (2000–present)
- Kathy Stubelek – bass, vocals (2000–present)
- David Rabitor – guitars, backing vocals (2007–present)
- Caleb Collins – drums, percussion, samplers (2007–present)
- Former members
- Robbie Rose – vocals (1999–2000)
- Collin Kelly – guitar (1999–2002)
- Vilas Left – guitar (1987–2001)
- Jay Wynne – drums, percussion (1999–2005)
- Bobby Scandiffio – guitar (2004–2006)
- Josh Ortega – drums, percussion (2005–2007)
- Studio albums
- As the Roots Undo (2004, Robotic Empire/HyperRealist)
- Decompositions: Volume Number One (2012, Gatepost Recordings)
- Circle Takes the Square (2001, self-released/HyperRealist)
- Document #13: Pyramids in Cloth (split w/Pg. 99, August 2002, Perpetual Motion Machine)
- Decompositions: Volume Number One, Chapter I: Rites of Initiation (2011, Gatepost Recordings)
- "Crowquill" — Building Records Presents 60 Songs (November 2003, Building)
- "Non-Objective Portrait of Karma" — Robotic Empire Sampler No. 2 (2004, Robotic Empire)
- "The Conspiracy of Seeds" — 65daysofstatic - The Destruction of Small Ideas (April 2007, Monotreme)
- Gotich, Lars (August 17, 2011). "pg. 99: A Document Revisited". NPR. Retrieved December 30, 2011. "[...]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."
- "Circle Takes The Square premier new song Way of Ever-Branching Path". Espy Rock. August 22, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE is in the studio | Metal Injection
- Taylor, Darren (April 4, 2011). "Exclusive: Circle Takes the Square – In the Studio". Rock Sound. Retrieved April 4, 2011.