New Bern, North Carolina native Jeremy Squires is a singer-songwriter best known for his haunting melodies and evocative lyrics.
After parting ways with his band mates in 2001, Squires took a hiatus from music to focus on his family. The years to follow proved a challenge for Squires as he fought his personal demons. A true musician, Squires was able to turn his fragmented thoughts and self-discovery into poems, which would eventually become - A Place to Hide (January 2012) and In the Dark (May 2012). His most recent EP, Central Nervous Station was self-released in January 2013.
Writing songs to help cope, each release candidly plays out like Jeremy’s personal journals documenting his struggle out of the gloom of depression. To help with the healing process, Jeremy also played and recorded all of the instruments – guitars, harmonica, piano, keyboards, resonator and lap steel. Released so close together, A Place To Hide, In the Dark, and Central Nervous Station can be considered as a trilogy of sorts chronicling this dark time of his life.
In this world there are people who can find inspiration in their darkest hour turning their ugliest moment into a beautiful piece of art or an extraordinary song. Then, there are some who can’t. And, those who can’t call those who can “tortured artists.” However, there are tortured artists, and there’s singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires. Rising above the dubious and clichéd distinction, Squires conveys a true emotion that never sounds contrived or feels forced. His new EP, Central Nervous Station is a perfect example of his raw vulnerability combining haunting melodies with thought-provoking lyrics to shed light on the human condition and his personal struggle with depression.
Self-released in January 2013, Central Nervous Station is the follow-up to Jeremy’s previous albums, A Place to Hide (January 2012) and In the Dark (May 2012). Writing songs to confront his demons, Central Nervous Station is a collection of his intimate thoughts and genuine feelings chronicling his pilgrimage inward toward self-discovery and healing. To also aid his mending, Jeremy played all of the instruments on the EP while recording it at his New Bern, North Carolina home. All of the songs on Central Nervous Station have soothing warmth and glow lying just below their melancholic and troubled surface. The loneliness is palpable in the title track, “Central Nervous Station,” while “A Warm Glow” is fraught with the turmoil and anxiety of mental illness which can be heard in the steely, short guitar throughout the song. And, the confusion of yearning and fear to be loved, or of love in general, weighs heavy in Jeremy’s pensive and anguished voice in “Run.”
Though Central Nervous Station sounds depressive, there is something calming and medicinal in Jeremy’s introspective lyrics and emotional voice. A group of songs so human, so pure, and so private, you feel like you’re listening to his personal journal being sung aloud. The real beauty of Central Nervous Station lies in Jeremy’s ability to communicate his vulnerability and connect with you on a basic human level. So, with no barriers to separate you from the deepest, darkest part of his soul, it’s comforting to know that Jeremy is open and honest enough to let you in to share firsthand in his sickness and struggle.
"Jeremy Squire's new EP, Central Nervous Station, is simply haunting. Its despondent semblance is one that easily engages in a way where you not only hear the songs he's written but you can feel them as well. Brimming with honest emotion, this is an album that requires time well spent to fully appreciate - but is very much worth it." -- Kyle Black, Yankee Calling
“North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires lets the back-country bleed through on his latest record of campfire-ready acoustic tunes, Central Nervous Station. Squires’ voice is honest in such a way that you imagine his melodic intone and his speaking voice not differing at all — like his conversational cadence carries the same longing and gloom as the spacious queries he makes on Central Nervous Station.” – Andrew Poitras, Diffuser.fm
Since the release of his first album, A Place To Hide, in January 2012, Jeremy Squires has become synonomous with thought-provoking lyrics and melancholic music. His candid approach to songwriting welcomes his listeners to step inside his dark and stunning world providing comfort and solace to other weary souls. Jeremy’s rare ability to emotionally open up and sing about his struggles with his demons and fears has allowed him to open up creatively giving him more confidence to experiment more on his new album, When Will You Go....
Originally written and recorded in early 2013, Jeremy produced When Will You Go... in his North Carolina home. Released in November 2013, he intended to use the album to explore themes of death and fear of losing loved ones, but it eventually became much more taking on a whole new and personal meaning. Playing banjo, guitar, piano, and resonator guitar, Jeremy enlisted indie songstress Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner, Trespassers William) to sing background vocals as well as multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard (Kalispell, Field Report) to play fiddle, bass, organ, and percussion. The result, a brilliantly sparse album with darker, more melodic songs like “I Am Still Here”, “Echoes”, and “Like a Thief in the Night”. Mid-tempo tracks like “Oblivious” and “The Nest”
provide a lasting impression. Continuing the themes of When Will You Go... is “J.L.P” which is about the loss of both Jeremy’s father and grandfather.
When Will You Go... says a lot about Jeremy Squires as a person and an artist. He may not write the happiest of songs, but what he does write is absolutely gorgeous and unearthly. It just shows that he has creatively fought his way through sickness and struggles making him a better human, musician, and artist who continues to use his personal battle to grow and produce honest and spectacular albums.
WHEN WILL YOU GO...(2013)
"When songs can bring back memories, you know they’re keepers."
-- Captain’s Dead
"This is one of the finest albums released this year and one worth every minute of your time and attention."
-- Wake the Deaf
New Bern, North Carolina native and haunting folk troubadour Jeremy Squires engages listeners with his uniquely dark and beautifully vulnerable songs. On February 19, 2016 Shaker Steps Records (Lexington, KY) releases Jeremy’s 3rd full length album Shadows. The album represents a continued brutally honest meditation on confusion, heartache, and loss. Candid melancholy masterpieces like “Carry You,” “Hourglass,” and “Your Love” leave listeners speechless. Enjoy Shadows with a side of quiet contemplation
"The album, titled Collapse, the most personal and quietly devastating record Squires has ever made."
-- Various Small Flames
"Lonely, quiet acoustic folk, of an exceptionally high caliber."
-- The Monday Morning Tape
"The album is quietly mesmerizing and beautifully shattering."
-- One Chord To Another
"The softness that permeates Squires' music is more of a gut punch than any banger or dirge. It's as if Squires has already felt those and can only, at last, speak his heart now that he's exhausted all other emotions."
-- No Depression
"I can’t seem to get enough of his Americana sound that is haunting, thought-provoking and is filled with so much emotion."
-- My Random Jukebox
"'Remnants‘, a single taken from his latest album ‘Collapse‘. Saturated with religious simile (a throwback to Squires’ grandmother’s devout Christianity), the track features simple slide guitar with piercing harmonics lending support to Squires’ southern drawl. Sombre and reverential, this track is perfect listening for any dreary day."
-- Killing Moon
“Jeremy Squires is one of those rare artists who is truly honest when creating music. With such deep lyrics and emotive vocals, it is easy to understand why so many people connect with his work. Choose any one of his releases, press play and get ready for some captivating storytelling at its best.”
- Indie Band Guru
“He brings something to his sound that not many others do and that's something that reminds you of a long journey home. That moment when you get just up the peak of a hill and see your destination and know where you've been headed all along. For me, having been raised in Southeast Ohio, in Appalachian country as they call it, his music is very much home.”
- Alt Revue
“Poem is moody and takes what’s considered “Americana” by its ear and dares us to explore what works within the confines of genre. Much like how Lucero dove on Among the Ghosts and Jason Isbell did with The Nashville Sound.”
- Farce the Music
“The sonics of Poem often appear as if in a dream, thick rolling puffs of sound forming thunderclouds over the searcher in “Stargazer” while “Somersault” tumbles over scratchy strums as it sinks into a chemically-induced haze and “Orchid” loses its grip on reality as its story slides over lush strings.”
- The Alternate Root
“His hauntingly beautiful and poignant new album Poem saw the light of the day on the 17th of May. It’s a brave, vulnerable and a deeply human collection of songs. The hushed quiet beauty of the music gently collides with the dark themes of loss, aging and mental anquish.”
- One Chord to Another
“It's almost like Squires isn't quite touching the Earth.”
- Wide Open Country
“For anyone unfamiliar with Jeremy Squires, Poem is a good introduction to his heartfelt and emotionally wrought folk music. The music acts as a vehicle that delivers Squires’s explorations of life, love and death with maximum unpretentious emotional heft.”
- Various Small Flames
“North Carolina's Jeremy Squires has been releasing a steady drip of songs this past year that showcase Squires' willingness to dig deep and spread out. The album, with the inexorable intention of a drip of water carving its way through a glacier, transition from longer, indistinct meditations to folk-rock that reaches an almost painful clarity.“
- Adobe and Teardrops