News Archive:

INK Acoustic Song Tops Charts:


Ice Nine Kills recently released an acoustic version of their song "Jonathan," which hit #6 on the iTunes Metal Charts. A portion of the proceeds go to researching a cure for mitochondrial disorders, so pick up a copy today!

Inclusive Or Album Out Now:


Inclusive Or's new album "Cocktails In Purgatory" is out now on vinyl, CD, and digital formats from BettyElm Records. This is an incredibly well-constructed record so please check it out!!

Punk Goes 90's Makes Top 200:


The Ice Nine Kills track that was recorded at The Square as part of Fearless Records' Punk Goes 90's Vol. 2 has seen a great response since it's release. The album debuted at # 41 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, as well as #13 on the Billboard Rock Charts! Pick up a copy and check it out!

Punk Goes 90's Vol. 2:


Fearless Records' Punk Goes 90's Vol. 2 comes out today. The Ice Nine Kills track, a fantastic cover of Green Day's "Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)," was recorded at The Square and is included on the album so please check it out and support them!

Lots of Website Updates:


A major overhaul of the website has taken place. A highlight is that, thanks to Melissa Miracolo, there are finally pictures of the new studio space up in various places on this site. Also, there has been a huge update to the "listen" section with a number of new MP3 sound samples. Lastly, there is a REALLY cool video that esteemed videographer Taylor Baucom made on The Square that is available to view in the "About" section of this site, or on YouTube. Dig it!

INK Hits The Billboard Charts:


The new Ice Nine Kills record, which was recorded, mixed, produced, and co-written at The Square, and is out now on Fearless / Outerloop Records debuted at #153 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, and well as hitting #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #1 on the iTunes Metal Charts. Congrats to the band, and please, pick up a copy today!

Busy Winter:


Things have been crazy here at the new Square Studio. New music from Ice Nine Kills, The Venetia Fair, Trevor Grant, Divinex, One Last Shot, Joshua Scott Carter, Faith and Fiction, and many more! Be on the lookout!!!

New Ben Knight Record:


Ben Knight, who is quite possibly the quirkiest and most inventive solo artist to have ever passed through The Square Studio, put his album out recently, which is called "Breaking the Keys." The record was co-produced by Ben Santoro from The Venetia Fair, and it slays.

Rookie of the Year Record Out Now:


The new Rookie of the Year album, "The Goodnight Moon Part II" is out now. This was recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced at The Square Studio, and I also co-wrote the album and performed the music for it. I am super proud of how it all turned out so please pick up a copy today!

Square #1 on Amazon / Tunecore Compilation:


Out of over 30,000 submissions, a track that I co-wrote, performed on, and recorded from the upcoming Rookie of the Year record, called "Colors of Summer," got the #1 spot on Amazon / Tunecore's "25 Songs of Summer" compilation. The compilation is free for download over at Amazon.

INK on Warped and All-Stars Tour:


Check out Ice Nine Kills on the Warped Tour and the All-Stars tour this summer. They just finished tracking at The Square for their upcoming full-length and will be debuting new songs all summer!

The Venetia Fair on MTV:


The Venetia Fair's video for their single "The Day I Set Them Free" premiers on MTV's Buzzworthy today. This comes from their album, "Every Sick, Disgusting Thought..." which was recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced at The Square Studio. They are one of the best bands of all time, so if you haven't, do yourself a favor and check them out. Congrats to TVF!!!

We've Officially Moved:


The Square Studio is now up and running at the new facility in downtown Syracuse! Everything is working out well so far, the sounds are unreal, and everyone should be on the lookout for new music from Ice Nine Kills, Rookie of the Year, Of Fortune and Fame, and many others this summer.

New Rookie of the Year Record Done:


Just finished tracking for Rookie of the Year's new record, "The Goodnight Moon: Part II." This was the last session to take place at the original Square Studio location, and will be mixed and mastered in the new facility. Keep your eyes out for the release this summer!!!

INK Record Tops iTunes & Billboard Charts:


Ice Nine Kills' new EP "The Predator" debuted last week at #15 on the iTunes Rock Charts, and #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. "The Predator" was recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced at The Square Studio. Congrats to INK!!!

The Square Studio is MOVING:


The Square Studio is moving! The new facility will be in downtown Syracuse, and should open around the first of the year. Construction has been absolutely wild, and the spot is coming along amazingly well. I plan to post a huge update with construction photos, and shots of the finished space as soon as everything comes together. I'm very excited at what the new space will have to offer and can't wait to start working there!!!

INK on Take Action Compilation:


An unreleased INK song that was recorded at The Square has been selected to be a part of Hopeless Records' annual Take Action charity compilation alongside bands like The Used, We Came As Romans, Bad Religion, Mayday Parade, Periphery, and Say Anything. This is super exciting because I've been a supporter of the Take Action compilations since Vol. 1. It is an honor to now be a part of it, and in such great company!!! Go out and pre-order yours today!!!

Saline Record Out Now:


Saline's new full length, "The Day You Came To Me," is out now!!! This was an awesome record to work on, as it took the studio and the band halfway across the country to finish. Check it out now!!!

Super Busy Summer:


So many awesome things going on. Tons of new records out, INK is on the All Stars tour, tons of other Square bands are on the road promoting their incredible new work, and HUGE NEWS is coming soon!!!

Off To Chicago:


The Square has packed a bunch of gear up and is headed to Chicago to finish the Saline record. This will be interesting...

Young Blood In The Studio:


Rochester-based band Young Bloods is in the studio, bringing a super new, super different sound, as well as a couple of big surprises. Be on the lookout.

I'm Happiest When EP Out Now:


I'm Happiest When's EP 'Sleepy Feet' is out now. Everyone PLEASE pick this up. It is one of my favorite records to have worked on and I am incredibly stoked for this band.

Saline Back In The Studio:


Chicago-based band Saline is back at The Square to record their new full length record. Look for it to be out in Summer '12!

OF&F Video Shoot:


Of Fortune And Fame absolutely killed it at their video shoot last night! It was awesome to see them play so well and to see everyone go nuts for them. Be on the lookout for the music video.

New Black Throat Wind Album:


Black Throat Wind have released their new album "Between White Worlds" on iTunes. Go grab a copy now!!!

Alternative Press & Square Bands:


Alternative Press has released its annual "100 Bands You Need To Know" list, which proudly features two Square bands this year: Such Gold and Timeshares. Congrats to them!

Of Fortune And Fame:


Syracuse punk upstarts Of Fortune And Fame have completed tracking their Panic Records debut EP called "Perspective." The record will be out this summer so be on the lookout!

New Ice Nine Kills:


Ice Nine Kills are back in the studio working on their next full length record at The Square. Tracking is going well, and fans of INK can expect many surprises on this release.

Ahnest! Pre-Order:


Ahnest!'s new record, "Down With The Ship," is now available for pre-order here. This record was a few years in the making and in contrast to his 2008 release, features primarily full-band arrangements performed by a number of great local musicians. The pre-order includes many extras so go grab yours today!

Media Section Updated!:


A bunch of newer sound samples, a better way to stream them, and a few new videos are all up now in the media section. Check it out!

New Year, New Music:


The studio has been super busy with new music from Ice Nine Kills, Saline, I'm Happiest When, Mark Zane, Anna Quackenbush, A Weekend Romance, Black Throat Wind, The Do's and Don'ts, and many more. Keep your eyes and ears open for all of these releases!

The Venetia Fair Nominated:


I don't know how this slipped by me, but incase you didn't know either, Sound Scene Press recently nominated The Venetia Fair as Upcoming Artist of 2011, and cites their Square-produced EP "The Pits" as partial evidence that this band deserves to be recognized.

Holiday Charity Compilation


The Square Studio is proud to announce its involvement in and sponsorship of a holiday charity compilation for the benefit of the Special Olympics of New York. The compilation features all Square Bands and was recorded, mixed, and mastered almost entirely at The Square Studio.

Freezin' For A Reason

Artists include: White Picket Fence, The Bells and Whistles, Honor Bright, Independent Louis, Noah DeCarlo, Connor Thuotte, Phil Smo, Crystal Mountain Band, The Venetia Fair, The Brilliant Light, Trevor Grant, and Ahnest!

Head over to to pick up your copy today!



Congrats to White Picket Fence for their third straight SAMMY win in 3 years!

Such Gold Split Out Soon:


Such Gold's new split with A Loss For Words will be coming out on No Sleep Records on November 22nd. Everyone should definitely check it out! Congrats to Such Gold on their recent signing with the well-respected indie label Razor And Tie as well!

SAMMY Nominations:


Independent Louis, White Picket Fence, and One Last Shot have all been nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award this year. Congrats to them!

New Timeshares Record:


Timeshares has a new record coming out on October 25th called "Bearable." The CD version will be coming out on Kind Of Like Records and the vinyl version will be coming out on Kiss Of Death Records. This band rules so be sure to pick up a copy!

Super Busy Summer:


Tons of things have been happening at The Square this summer! A six week session with Phil Smo has just about come to a close, and new releases are out or can be expected from Timeshares, The Mudserfs, Connor Thuotte, Sakes Alive, A Weekend Romance, Ahnest!, Zen Kura, and many more. Be on the lookout for those records!

Ice Nine Kills Music Video:


Ice Nine Kills has just released a new music video for their song "The People Under The Stairs," from the album 'Safe Is Just A Shadow,' which was recorded at The Square in 2010. Revolver Magazine has the exlusive premier of the video here.

Pre-Order The First Square Split:


The first installment of The Square Studio Split Series, featuring Trevor Grant and Phil Smo, has gone to the pressing plant. It will officially be out on June 28th, but you can get more info and pre-order it now, by clicking here. I am super proud to be releasing this series, and each EP is super limited, so pick up Volume 1 today!

Feature Article In 'The Free George' Magazine:


The Free George, a magazine highlighting cool things in Upstate New York, has recently published a feature article on The Square Studio. The article can be read here. Check it out!!!

The Venetia Fair EP Out June 24th:


The new EP from The Venetia Fair, called "The Pits" will officially be out June 24th on Red Blue Records. It is one of my favorite, and one of the wierdest things to come out of the studio to date, so everyone be on the lookout!

Black Market Custom Endorsement:


Just wanted to shout out Black Market Custom, my newest endorsement, which also happens to be Chris from The Venetia Fair's custom music equipment company. He's hooking me up with an incredible 28" custom kick drum in the near future! Everyone should check his stuff out as it is absolutely top notch!

The Venetia Fair EP:


Just finished tracking a new EP for The Venetia Fair, a Boston-MA based quintet. If you don't know who this band is you should definitely check them out! They are great musicians and great guys and I had an absolute blast working with them. Keep an eye out as TVF will be playing a lot of Warped Tour dates, as well as many other tour dates this summer promoting this release!

Split Series Vol. 1:


The Square Studio Split Series Vol. 1, featuring Trevor Grant and Phil Smo, is finished and heading to the plant for physical production. If all goes well, the release will be sometime in mid-June, with pre-orders starting June 1st! Keep an eye out for this release because it is going to be KILLER!

Stand My Ground EP Release:


Pop-punk favorites Stand My Ground will be releasing their new EP "Glory Is Ours" on Sunday, May 15th. This band has talent well beyond their years and a ton of heart, so everyone should head out and see them this weekend!

New Envoyer Album for FREE:


Rochester, NY technical hardcore band Envoyer has just released their debut record, 'The Predators, The Prey' online for free. The album is made up of recordings done at The Square from both 2010 and 2011. This band has a really organic, really interesting take on the genre, so please check it out!

Such Gold / No Trigger Australian Tour Documentary:


Check out the No Trigger & Such Gold AUS Tour '11 Webocumentary. It is amazing to see people singing along with these songs halfway around the world. I've loved every opportunity I've had to work with Such Gold---They work super hard and deserve every good thing that comes their way. Congrats to them!

Online Quote Request Form:


I have added an Online Quote Request Form to the website. This will make it much easier to gather the information I need to quote a project properly. Get your personalized quote today!

The Square Studio Announces a Series of Split EP's:


I am proud to announce that I will be releasing a series of super limited-edition split CDEP's featuring some of the best local songwriters in the Central New York area! There will be a total of four albums in the series to be released within 3-4 month increments, each featuring two Square artists apiece.

Each split will be limited to slightly less than 200 copies, and each will be outfitted with original cover artwork designs by Chris Hadzipetros / Hey Franktown, who has done amazing work for a number of notable clients.

Trevor Grant and Phil Smo

The first split will feature Trevor Grant (of Foma) and Phil Smo, each doing three songs apiece. It is slated for a May release and will be available for purchase right here.

Other confirmed artists for the series include The Brilliant Light (Tim Paige of Honor Bright), Theme Park Life (Dave Sieling of Ice Nine Kills), Ahnest!, Souvenirs (Myself), Jack Nolan (of Jackson's Kid Summer), and Noah DeCarlo (of Take Aim). Keep checking back for more info!

New Endorsements:


The Square Studio is proud to announce that in addition to the many other great companies endorsed here, the studio has now become an official endorser of the SilverFox Drum Sticks and the Grover Pro Percussion family of products. Please head over to their sites to check them out!

Saline Record Out March 26th:


Saline, an awesome, female-fronted rock band from Chicago is releasing their new record "Blackout" on March 26th. The record is KILLER and the session was one of the most fun and rewarding I've ever been a part of. Check these guys out!!!

Brilliant Light Record Out Now:


The Brilliant Light's new record "Things That I Won't Need" comes out today. It was recorded by Jason Lancaster (Mayday Parade) and I, I mixed the album, and it was mastered by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, Cursive). Please check it out!

The Square on Alter The Press:


Alternative music website Alter The Press has just posted an interview highlighting a lot of the influences, inspiration, and philsophy behind the work done at The Square Studio. Please check it out here.

Happy New Year:


Lots of new music coming out including the new White Picket Fence EP, as well as new releases from The Brilliant Light, Independent Louis, Forget Me In Vegas, Ahnest, The Dead Friends, Such Gold, and more!

Square In Substream Magazine:


Substream 21Substream Music Press featured an interview with Ice Nine Kills in their October issue. The band talks about the making of "Safe Is Just A Shadow" and their great experience at The Square! Pick up your copy today!

Discography Completed:


Huge updates to the discography section have been made. After weeks of tracking down a lot of older records, the section now includes almost all of the Square's past work. Be sure to check it out!

New White Picket Fence EP:


White Picket Fence has been in the studio for the last two weeks working on a new EP. It is shaping up to be an incredible record so keep on the lookout for it!

Summer At The Square:


There is a ton of stuff happening at The Square this summer, including new music from Closer Still, Doc Rhythm, Roman Revival, Praxia, Sakes Alive, Klink Kidz, Black Throat Wind, White Picket Fence, and MORE!!!

Pre-Order The New INK Record:


The new Ice Nine Kills record "Safe Is Just A Shadow" is coming out on July 20th, and is available for pre-order now!

Square Bands Top Ernie Ball Battle:


Every Last Thursday, Storm The Bay, White Picket Fence, and Heavy Lies The Crown are all currently in the top 20 over at the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands for a spot on the Warped Tour this year. All of the songs on their respective pages were recorded at The Square so please keep voting for them!

INK Tops MySpace:


Ice Nine Kills currently hold the #3 spot for unsigned bands on all of MySpace for all genres. They are currently #1 in hardcore, metal, and rock as well. Congratulations to them!

Another New INK Song Posted:


Ice Nine Kills posted a second song from their upcoming release on their MySpace page yesterday. Both new songs have been getting a ton of plays--the band is averaging between 3,000 and 5,000 plays a day. Congrats to them!!!

Discography Section Now Up:


I have created a discography section on this site to showcase the work that I have done over the years. I don't have information on a lot of the bands or releases from 2006 and prior, so if you have any information or cover art for a release not listed, please contact me! Check out the new section!

New Ice Nine Kills Song Posted:


Ice Nine Kills posted a track called "Chris Brown's Latest Hit" from the new record on their MySpace page yesterday! It amassed 3,500+ plays on day one. A higher quality version of this song can be found in the "Media" section on this site. I've been told the record will be out early summer 2010.

New Brilliant Light Record w/ Jason Lancaster of Mayday Parade:


I have received word that I will be mixing the new Brilliant Light record next month, which was recorded by Jason Lancaster of Mayday Parade/Go Radio! I am very excited for this opportunity!

Ice Nine Kills Record Finished:


Just got back from mastering the new INK record, called 'Safe Is Just A Shadow,' with Jocko at More Sound Studios. I urge everyone to be on the lookout for its release, as I am very proud of this record. A sample will be posted here soon!

Call Me The Patriot:


Today we finished tracking the new record for the Rochester, NY band Call Me The Patriot. The record will be mixed over the next two weeks and will be out in June!

10th Anniversary Vinyls Out Now:


Both The Ataris and The Juliana Theory re-masters are available to order from Mightier Than Sword today! They are limited 10th anniversary vinyls so get them fast!

Square Bands On Tour:


Ice Nine Kills has finished their album and are on the road with Taproot from now until mid-June. Go check them out! Such Gold just popped in to do some extra vocals for their new 6131 Records release and are also on the road through June!

Vote for Square Bands:


Every Last Thursday, One Last Shot, Storm The Bay, and White Picket Fence are all competing in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands to play this summer's Warped Tour. Vote for them!

Ice Nine Kills:


Ice Nine Kills are in the studio all this month to finish tracking and mixing their newest record. The material is shaping up in an amazing way so be on the lookout for it!

Neumann U87 Microphone:


The Square is now home to a brand new Neumann U87 microphone. This mic is a classic, and I can guarantee any artist to use it will quickly see why!

Phil Smo - Woven:


The new record by Phil Smo, called "Woven," was released today. It was recorded, mixed, and produced at The Square Studio and it is a record I'm super proud to have been involved with. Check it out!!!

Working w/ James Paul Wisner:


Just got back from St. Cloud, Florida where I worked with James Paul Wisner on pre-production for the new Ice Nine Kills record. The trip was enlightening and James is a great guy to work with.