Circle Takes the Square

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Circle Takes the Square
Circle Takes the Square Leipzig 2012 2.jpg
Circle Takes the Square members Kathleen Stubelek (left) and Caleb Collins (right) in Leipzig, Germany in 2012.
Background information
Origin Savannah, Georgia, United States
Genres Screamo, post-hardcore, experimental rock[1][2]
Years active 2000–present
Labels Gatepost Recordings, Robotic Empire, HyperRealist, Perpetual Motion Machine
Members Drew Speziale
Kathleen Coppola Stubelek
Caleb Collins
Past members David Rabitor
Jay Wynne
Bobby Scandiffio
Josh Ortega
Collin Kelly
Robbie Rose

Circle Takes the Square is an American screamo band from Savannah, Georgia. Their debut release was a 6-track self-titled EP in 2001, followed by a 7" split with Pg. 99 in 2002. 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 December 21, 2012 as a digital download. Physical editions of the album were released in April 2013. The first volume was released as a limited edition of 350 CDs, entitled "Decompositions Vol. 1, Rites Of Initiation" and was put out on their own label, Gatepost Recordings in late-2011.

Musical style[edit]

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".[3] 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.[1]


Current members
  • Drew Speziale – guitars, lead vocals (2000–present)[4]
  • Kathleen Stubelek – bass guitar, vocals (2000–present)[4]
  • Caleb Collins – drums, percussion, samplers (2007–present)[4]
Former members
  • Robbie Rose – vocals (2000)
  • Collin Kelly – guitar (2000–2002)
  • Jay Wynne – drums, percussion (2000–2005)
  • Bobby Scandiffio – guitar (2004–2006)
  • Josh Ortega – drums, percussion (2005–2007)
  • David Rabitor – guitars, backing vocals (2007–2013)
  • Chase "Greasy Fingers" Kerpet - upside down piano


Studio albums
  • 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)
  • "In the Nervous Light of Sunday"(alternate version) 10" vinyl only(2004, Monocore Records)
  • "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)


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ "Circle Takes The Square premier new song Way of Ever-Branching Path". Espy Rock. August 22, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE is in the studio | Metal Injection
  4. ^ a b c Taylor, Darren (April 4, 2011). "Exclusive: Circle Takes the Square – In the Studio". Rock Sound. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 

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