top of page

Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires


Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires play a mellow and unique, stylized, form of Rock n Roll, Indie, old Country, Folk and Alternative music. Influence range from Leonard Cohen, Brightblack Morning Light, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Ink Spots, Vetiver, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, The Cramps, Spiritualized, Carl Perkins, Duke Ellington, and many more artist inside and outside of song writing.

"The Alternative Underground" - Released 12/12/14 on Idiomism


Sick Love

Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires

 Album: The Alternative Underground


Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires

Album: The Alternative Underground

"Sunbeams" - Released 9/28/13 on Idiomism


Catch A Sunbeam

Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires 2013 "Sunbeams" album.

House Of Cards

Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires

Album: Sunbeams



"Joseph Demaree is headed in a positive direction. A mixture of indie, alternative rock and folk. Strong instrumentation, slick vocals and alluring lyrical content. This ambient sound interwoven with searing messages should be in the hands of a high level music supervisor for film. We urge you take a listen to his full album "Sunbeams" while on a long drive to a summer vacation destination. This artist's melodic tone and mysterious presence has earned him a spot on our 360 Watch List."

- 360 Mag, 360 Mag (Jul 08, 2013)


“Dear fans of soft, somewhat morbid, but ultimately pretty ballads and storytelling, do I have a treat for you!  I would like to introduce the reincarnation of Leonard Cohen.  Of course, I know LC is still alive, kicking, and kicking ass, but it still has to be said.  Much as I deem Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley to be the son Bob Dylan wished he would have had, I am certain that Sir Cohen would wickedly approve of Demaree’s sultry new age twang and simple melodies about the sun and so much more.  For readers old enough to remember the first time they heard the first of the Songs series, listening to this cat with his band The Square Tires on their new album Sunbeams has to have a similar appeal.  It simply has to!

There is simply too much to love on here.  Demaree’s northern/western drawl might be off-putting at first, or the entire time if you are only used to straight edge, high school a capella turned folk singer style.  But for those who can find the beauty in his demeanor, which I am sure there are many of us out there, this will be something you will truly enjoy.  This especially goes for the infectious 8 1/2 minute long cut “Catch A Sunbeam” that I still believe can go on forever, and become the background music for the earth.  And despite the implication by the title “Shouting In The Street”, this other gem of a track is as mellow as rainy day in Demaree’s home base of Portland, Oregon.  Just smooth sort-of-folk-but-mostly-blues melodies about breaking out and down altogether.

I really can’t say enough good things about Sunbeams.  This album is simply delightful in so many ways.  Storytelling has always been a very important factor for me personally, and Demaree does it absolutely perfectly on this album.  It has to be stated once again:  When we are doomed to have Mr. Cohen absent from this earth, we will likely still have Demaree.  Which I believe is a very fair trade.”

- Trainwreckd’ Society / rontrembathill (Sep 29, 2013)

"The Alternative Underground" is the second studio release from Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires, with a change of Bass players and the third release under his name (Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires "Sunbeams", Joseph Demaree and the Broken Windows "Mirrors". Demaree is originally from San Jose, CA. where he found interest in music through the late 80's and early 90's punk and skateboard scene. Demaree played music in all sorts of bands (FDS, Ringwurm, Lemming, Your Mother, The Unit Breed, Emo Summer) locally and all over the world. Joe would host shows in his home for local and national acts, record most of his groups material as well as many local bands, and release much of his own music and art (Nothing, Nothing Everything, Nothing Enterprises). Demaree left art school in 2003 and moved to Portland OR in 2004. He continued writing, recording, performing and touring as The Unit Breed. Idiomism Records would also be born. In 2010 The Unit Breed would be put to rest and Joseph would land back in San Jose CA to begin a cable access show called "Welcome Back!" and record and release Captain Nowhere's "Party Time Inc.". With another move south to Encinitas CA (2011), Demaree picked up an acoustic Martin 0015 and began writing his first album under his own name. He moved around landing in Ranchita CA, and Oceanside CA before returning to Portland OR to record "Mirrors" (2012). Demaree would move back to the Bay Area, living in Los Gatos CA and San Jose CA, before returning to Portland OR to record "Sunbeams" (2013). Joseph Demaree found himself on the open road touring as a solo act and painting plein air landscapes between Portland OR and San Diego CA. Landing in Hayfork CA for a couple months, Demaree settled in Portland OR and began recording "The Alternative Underground" (2014). 


Joseph Demaree moved to Maui Hawaii Nov 11 2014. 


While on island Demaree wrote and recorded many new songs that would become “Sleeping On A Cloud In Heaven / Solo (demo) Recordings”. He joined the Lahaina Arts Society, where Demaree displayed and sold his artwork and played a Mahalo show. He also lent his voice to an animated character on the Maui based show “Tacky People”. Joe’s return home would blow him through England, Scotland, Greece, LA and back to his hometown of San Jose, CA. where he played at Cafe Stritch.  

With the release of the full length album The Alternative Underground, Joseph Demaree brings an indie edge to a classic genre. Lush with addicting progressions, layers of melty vocals, and instrumentation straight from an Americana album, the record touches on the aesthetic of a 90's alternative dream pop record. Though the songs are diverse from one and other, there is a glue that holds it all together much like a concept album. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.

The first single, "Sick Love", is an instant classic in its own right. Complete with backing vocals that seems to melt and waver, crawling lap steel, and a lullaby-esque feel, the song holds true to it's ambiance.

"Sick Love" is a folkish, rooted, story driven, butter & jam. It's meaning is to love again, to love another, to love only you." explains
the songwriter of his single.


Although the single speaks volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where Joseph is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety. Bordering on shoegaze, the songs boast catchy and melodic choruses throughout it's course.


After touring and performing with multiple punk rock bands, independent and alternative exploits; instrument, location and costume changes, Joseph Demaree decided to pick up an acoustic guitar and begin writing “Mirrors” while living in Encinitas CA. The album “Mirrors” would be recorded in Portland OR. Demaree fluttered around California and landed back in Portland OR where he continued working on “Sunbeams”. The wind blew Demaree around CA and OR once again. As a San Jose native, a visit home was due. With a quick “work/trade” experience in Hayfork CA, Demaree would find himself living in his second home of Portland OR. Demaree began to write and record demo’s for “The Alternative Underground”. Joseph Demaree and The Square Tires began recording “The Alternative Underground”. The wind picked Demaree up again and this time Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires would set out on a small tour as a three piece. The songwriter is now recording his upcoming solo album Sleeping On A Cloud In Heaven on Maui HI where he currently resides.

Demaree continues to write songs. Plucked out of the air. Expressions and stories to tell the big tale. Deep in the underground, seeking an alternative to it until that finds an acceptance for the evolution of tomorrows expression.

The Alternative Underground album is currently available for streaming and download on most major digital outlets, and Joseph is planning to start performing live again in support of his up coming solo release.

To learn and hear more of Joseph Demaree and the Alternative Underground album, please visit:

bottom of page