Paris, December 1981,
an announcement appears in the French Rock's magazine «Best» regarding a band which name is «SQUARE».
This new group from Paris has been influenced by the following:
Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Status Quo…
It looked for members to complete the line-up along Guy HOC (Vocal),
Jean-Pierre NAPOLETANO (guitar) and Thierry FRONTY (guitar).
Finally, after 4 years of rehearsal in the third basement of a Parisian car park, SQUARE found its own style : straight, melodic and catchy.
1985 : The band is signed by the French Label "Devil's records" and the first album is recorded and will be titled «Rock Stars» .
«Les Cibles» (The Targets), «Vivre» (Living), «La Bête» (The Beast), «Rock Stars»,
are adapted with enthusiasm. The texts of Guy Hoc are federator and authentic, the album is greeted by an enthusiastic public. The band will tour with Vandenberg in Belgium and on many festivals like the «France Festival» at Choisy le Roi among bands like Trust, Warning, Vulcain…
1986 : SQUARE is at the top of its Art. French label Black Dragon's Records proposes to sign the band. The adventure continues with a Parisian concert as Special Guest of Savage Grace (USA) and Heir Apparent (USA). The group went back to studio to record the second album. But due to the bankruptcy of their label, the recordings had to stop. One more show and SQUARE became history.
Ten Years later, one of their tracks is used on a French compilation «Revolution Hard Rock» (Axe Killer Records) and suddenly the name SQUARE starts to be on all lips.
A huge French Festival "Paris Metal France Festival", for its second edition, asked them to reform to play just for one night in Paris. Some of the members left since and the band hired new members. It does resound its anthems again. Its Hard Rock direct and frank does not have getting older of an iota. The reaction of the fans is so great that the band decide to go back in studio to achieve the work they started 20 years ago ! Because of juridical problems, they had to change their name into STILL SQUARE.
10 New titles, versions live, some concerts, STILL SQUARE is back!...The public follows.
A new bass player, Pascal Gilleront (ex Falkirk) and a new drummer, Fabrice Trovato (ex TRENTE, ERICMCFADDEN) come reinforce the conviction and the cohesion of the band. Energy is definitely there. The five decide to plan production and recording of the long-awaited successor to "Rock Stars".
Engineered and mixed by Brett Caldas-Lima (Freak Kitchen, Shannon, Kalisia…),
«Laissez-les Rêver» (Let Them Dream) is the story of a band like Anvil who decide to never surrender to accomplish their dreams. STILL SQUARE passes with brilliance the test of a 2nd album, accommodated very well in the media.
The new departure of the group allures the organizers of festivals (VOUZIERS, PMFF 5…) in which the group crosses other bands as LOUDBLAST, KILLERS, VULCAIN, OCEAN, ADX…
The public is not mistaken there and takes as much pleasure than the group at the time of the concerts placed under the sign of energy and of good mood.
Today, after three years of preparing, the group reveals his new album:
«Hard Rock’n’roll». Authentic, sincere, the group revives with the «simple» desire of making the music for fans of Classic Rock and of Hard Rock... The influences mingle with style «Square» beginnings. Recorded and mixed by Alain Maningé , at Studio Lagrange 45 and masterised by Thomas veyron, the twelve tracks sweat the playing pleasure a traditional Hard Rock, unashamedly and without swank, just for fun.
French label Brennus Records will distribute this third album.
In 2015, Still Square will celebrate its 35-years career with an still intact envy. The faces have matured, the guitars are a bit worn, but have never sounded better. On stage, an appointment is taken with fans, whether they are slightly gray or much younger.
The group has aged like a good whiskey is served without ice or... "On the Rocks"!!!