• Julia Coin

Indigo Waves releases new/old single "squares"

After two years of performing “squares” live, Indigo Waves has made their latest single available to all.

“It’s been a long journey with “squares,” said Austin Oestreich, vocalist and guitarist. “So I’m really excited for people who don’t have access to come to live shows to finally hear it.”

The single describes a relationship between two people that are on different pages, making them go around in circles, or “squares.”

The band said the song reminds them of a blend between boy pablo and a modern-day The Cure. The 80s beach vibes are courtesy of the Whitney Houston, Morrissey, and Orange Juice kick the band got on when originally writing “squares.”

The clear, poppy lyrics are accompanied by a strong guitar lead. In some parts, phone recordings were run through broken tape effects to give it a lo-fi quality.

“The guitar riff sounds so clean as well,” said Mattthew Mink, guitarist and synthesizer. "It just makes me feel happy, which is pretty rare for a song, I feel like.”

squares” also features a prized possession, Mink’s Prophet 6 synthesizer.

Mink took it upon himself to design the cover art, which was inspired by a painting he saw when he was fixing appliances at his job.

“It’s crazy how things like that just happen,” he said. “You're always looking out for the pieces that will put it together.”

Bryson Harvey, bassist, said there seemed to be a lot of coincidences that led to the final production of “squares.” One day they all decided to make their second attempt at recording and, unlike the first time around, everything lined up perfectly.

The band has 30 tracks just waiting for vocals to top them off (so stay tuned). They agreed that the longer they make music, the less they want it to sound like current bands.

“We’re definitely leaps ahead of where we used to be,” said Oestreich.

Mink took on the role of producer for “squares,” as well as “Can’t Let Go.”

“It’s the only reason we can still record during quarantine,” he said of his production, “because we have no way to make money.”

Like most artists right now, the boys miss playing live shows and being able to interact with their fans.

“We miss the crowds, we miss the people,” said Oestreich. “It was really reassuring as a musician to go to a show and just see someone singing your song or appreciating your work.”

“It feels almost like you're singing to a wall right now,” said Harvey. He also misses the one-dollar Jack in the Box tacos they would get every night on tour.

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