Still Hip to be Square
Black Square / At eight years old, local ska-punk band Black Square has settled into a nice niche, playing mostly local shows to a dedicated fan base that shows up almost every time. Even though they have toured the continent numerous times, it’s only now that hard work paid off in the form of national attention. That combined with a little bit of luck, has launched Black Square onto the Warped Tour 2011 bill–a goal many bands can only dream of.
“We always had the goal of Warped Tour,” says frontman Josh86. It was “an even bigger pipe dream” than the band’s goal of finding the right big-name band to tour the country with.
Black Square is also slated for the Kevin Says stage, a mid-size playing area filled with bands hand-picked by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman.
While individual members of Hawaii-grown bands, such as Mike Camino and Nick Danger of the Hell Caminos, have been on a Warped Tour in recent years as part of mainland acts, Black Square is the first Hawaii group to make the tour since Go Jimmy Go in 2002.
Black Square’s last album, Onward, was released in 2008, so it’s apropos that the band will be back in the studio soon to record a new album just in time for next summer. If you’re yearning to hear the live version of crowd favorite “Chinatown” again or are curious about the Black Square hype, cruise over to theVenue, where Black Square kicks off its new monthly musical residency.