(c’74-80/81) Dom De Vivo (bass / vocals), Enzo Esposito (guitar), Ross “Rosie” Di’Landa (drums) and Steve Baker (guitar).
Formed in Woking in ’74, Esposito and De Vivo had the initial idea of putting a band together and found some space at the Italian club on Walton Road. They called Di’Lanada, who Esposito knew from St John the Baptist, and having heard of Baker, who went to school with Paul Weller in Sheerwater, reached out to him too; De Vivo attended Horsell. The first song they ever played / rehearsed was a cover of “Hallelujah”, a 4 chord number baker taught the band, followed by Status Quo numbers. Their first gig was at Woking Football Club, under another, now lost to time, name. The fledgling group were offered rehearsal space in Woking, next to Mr Flacks menswear / Flaks’ Boutique (a store Paul Weller used to peer into through cupped hands in the late sixties, enchanted with the fashion and the faces making waves on the local scene). It was above a ‘hippy’ store called Squire, a moniker that became their name. In addition to rehearsing above Squire they also utilized Horsell Village Hall as many bands have over the years. They did everything from Status Quo to ‘bantam-weight punk’ to quote Paul Ticknell of Melody Maker. These Horsell rehearsal got a little heated; De Vivo was getting fed up of just doing covers and the band kept arguing. Eventually, De Vivo left to play and sing with other bands. Di’Landa had also decided to leave at this point, but apparently changed his mind following some pressure from Esposito. Meanwhile, Anthony ‘Dyl’ Meynell had been playing in Dulcie from the St. Peters area playing The Star, Gin Mill and Bubz (booked by Ed Bazalgette of The Vapors). In ’76 Meynell also recorded 10 tracks with his brother at Chestnut Studios under the name The Numbers which got the attention of Mark Perry of the ‘Sniffin’ Glue’ fanzine who wanted to record the band on his ‘Step Forward’ label. Maynell was stuck, joining Squire in April/May ’78 supporting the Dodgers at the Junction, playing the festival at University of Surrey and opening for The Jam at the Civic. Oct/Nov ’78 saw the band at Chestnut Studios recording four tracks: ‘Modern Love’, Get Ready To Go’, Getting Better’ and ‘Living In The City’. In ’79 they released ‘Get Ready to Go’ as their first single on ROK Records. They took the A-side while Coming Shortly, from Milton Keynes, held the B-side with ‘Doing the Flail’. It got played by John Peel, made the warm section of Melody Maker’s singles review, got called a ‘demo’ in Sounds and sold 1,500 copies. They also had two songs on the Mods Mayday ’79 compilation album.
Then there was the gig with Purple Hearts at Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs in April ’79. Their appearance on the legendary “Mods Mayday ’79”, which reached #75 in the charts and featured two new songs by the band, was a breakthrough. Ian Page of Secret Affair (one of Squire’s mod peers) had just started his own I-Spy label and signed the band on the merits of their appearance on Mods Mayday. After signing to I-Spy, line-up changes followed. Di’Landa was replaced by Kevin Meynell and Baker quit. Squire’s “Walking Down The Kings Road” was released in ’79 on the I-Spy and carried “It’s A Mod Mod World” on the B-side. It is said that Squire’s “Walking Down the Kings Road” is a near copy of the Small Faces’ “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”, which was “heavily influenced” by Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”, with a Who-ish guitar break grafted on – thoughts? ‘The Face of Youth Today’ that same year, with ‘Walking Down…’ charting. In late ’79 Squire were touring with Secret Affair, on the Dancing in the Streets Tour, but had to pull out on 8 December due to ‘stage injury’ to Meynell. They moved to Stage One Records in 1980 releasing ‘My Mind Goes Round in Circles’ in the first week of May and featuring Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals. The B-side was “Does Stephanie Know” and the singles back sleeve carried the lyrics and a photo of ‘Stephanie’ taken at Foxenden Quarry Park, Guildford. The model was actually called Coral ? and her name appears as the last credit in thanks to list. The band essentially dissolved when the last original member Esposito left. Anthony Meynell started his own label, Hi-Lo in ’81 and released a compilation titled ‘Hits from 3000 Years Ago’ of Squire demos and dropped songs.. In ’82 Meynell enlisted Jon Bicknell (bass) and reactivated Squire, releasing the single ‘No Time for Tomorrow’. Released on March 23rd 1982, “No Time Tomorrow” was Squire’s fifth single. It was backed by “Don’t Cry To Me”. Neither track appeared on their first LP. They also released ‘Something Old Something New Something Borrowed…The Official Squire Fan Club Album’ in 1982. There was a short promo tour of America for ‘Hits…’, delaying their first proper album ‘Get Smart’, which was finally released in late ’83.
This was followed by the ‘September Gurls’ EP in ’84. Carrying the 12 Squire singles, “The Singles Album” was also pressed by Hi-Lo Records in 84. They never made the breakthrough into the mainstream, but the ‘Get Smart’ album and its follow-up EP, ‘September Gurls’, (the title track was a cover of the Big Star classic) in 1984 became cult classics in American power pop circles. Squire finally quit during the making of ‘Smash’. Released 10 years after “The Singles Album” compilation; “Get Ready To Go!” compiled 22 track on one album and was put out by Tangerine Records in ’94. The sleeve front to “The Place I Used To Live”, also released in 1994 on Detour Records, featured a local music shop (any help identifying appreciated) with a display of Squire’s 1983 “Get Smart…” album in the window. De Vivo and the other 3 original members tried to reform Squire in ’96, but the threat of legal action by Meynell resulted as them performing as Revolver, recording original tracks written by Baker, who undertook vocal duties, with Di’Landa on drums, Esposito on rhythm guitar and vocals and Di Vivo on bass and vocals. They kept going, with original music and gigs, until Baker emigrated to Australia. Baker died on New Years Day 2019.
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