Now Hear This: The Split Squad Releases Debut Album Produced by Scott McCaughey

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Features Members of Blondie, The Fleshtones, The Plimsouls, Parallax Project and The Baseball Project, with Guest Appearances by Members of R.E.M., Gang of Four, and The Figgs -- Spring Tour Dates to Include Appearance at SXSW 2014

The Split Squad

Veteran-rocker “supergroup” The Split Squad announces the forthcoming release of its debut full-length album. Now Hear This will be out January 21, 2014, on CD and digital, followed by a later release on vinyl. Featuring 13 tracks, including a cover of The Small Faces' “Sorry She's Mine,” Now Hear This is the unmistakable product of its members common influences, rooted in the classic powerpop, punk, glam and garage rock of the '70s and '80s.

Formed in 2011, The Split Squad was assembled by bassist/singer Michael Giblin, of the Pennsylvania-based powerpop band Parallax Project. The band is comprised of a team of heavy-hitting veteran musicians Giblin had met and worked with over the years, on tours and various recording projects. The members of the Split Squad boast about 150 years of collective experience as working musicians, and include:

  • Drummer Clem Burke, founding member of Blondie, and a 2006 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Burke is also a highly sought-after session musician who has worked with Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop and Joan Jett, among many others.
  • Guitarist Eddie Muñoz of L.A.’s legendary powerpop outfit The Plimsouls (whose single “A Million Miles Away” charted on the Billboard Hot 100) and more recently Magic Christian and Parallax Project, with Giblin.
  • Guitarist Keith Streng, founding member of seminal rockers The Fleshtones, longtime fixtures of the New York garage-rock scene that grew from the famed Manhattan music club CBGB.
  • Keyboardist Josh Kantor, of The Baseball Project and Boston-based folk-rock band Jim's Big Ego, who also serves as the official organist for the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Now Hear This was produced by Seattle music icon Scott McCaughey, best known as a founding member of cult favorites The Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5, who has also played and toured extensively with R.E.M. Adding to the star power are guest appearances by McCaughey, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), and Mike Gent (The Figgs). The album was recorded in the summer of 2012, at Woolly Mammoth Studios in Waltham, MA.

The Split Squad made their live debut at SXSW 2013, and followed up with a successful West Coast tour in the fall, sharing bills with legendary NYC-based rockers The Fleshtones and L.A.'s The Dream Syndicate. They are slated for additional tour dates in support of Now Hear This, including another appearance in Austin at SXSW 2014, with more dates to be announced.

For more information, please visit the band's official website at and their Facebook page at

To schedule an interview, or for high-resolution photos, MP3s/CDs, and other press materials, please contact Andrea Kremer at Shake & Howdy, at 781-214-4412 or andrea(at)shakeandhowdy(dot)com. For booking information, contact Roggie Baer at Rajiworld, at roggie(at)rajiworld(dot)com.

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