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NATALIE SUGARMAN I SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS
eet squeezebox, a Michigan-based band
that has just released the addictive and
catchy EP So Much for Being Whole. If
you don't know, an EP (extended play)
is a musical recording that contains more music than a
single, but less than a full album.
The members of the Lansing band are originally
from the Farmington Hills area and went to North
Farmington High School: Sean Strasberger is on vocals
and bass, Jeff Rosenfeld on vocals and guitar, and Dave
Shilakes on vocals and bass. Strasberger, 28, of Okemos,
and Rosenfeld, 27, of Lansing, both Michigan State
University grads, met in first grade, but it would be years
later when they were in high school that they decided to
play together in a band in the spring of 2001.
"I had just begun writing songs, but needed band
mates to try out for the talent show," Strasberger says.
"I proceeded to poach Jeff and Dave from other bands."
He and Rosenfeld had a great love for music from a
young age. For Strasberger, it started with piano lessons
from his grandmother at an early age. For Rosenfeld,
whose day job is at the state House of Representatives,
one particular moment sparked his interest. "I was with
my dad. I remember vividly we were at a Kmart and he
bought Lynyrd Skynyrd's live album and played 'Freebird'
over and over and over again. I was 3 years old, and I
fell in love with music."
Eleven years after high school, the band is back with
some new tunes and a renewed enthusiasm. The "s"
in squeezebox is lowercase on purpose to represent
their "2.0-ism," they say. The name itself comes
from a reference to the Who song "Mama's Got a
Squeezebox," featured on the show Freaks and Geeks,
made by Judd Apatow, "our fellow friend in Judaism,"
says Rosenfeld, who was a fan of the show when he
was a teenager.
The band has a sound that is alternative-based with
an energetic pop rock edge and a little bit of grunge
thrown in the mix. Their EP So Much for Being Whole.
has a great vibe that grabs you from the start with the
first song "Want You Bad." The songs on the EP flow
together with a seamless precision that will keep you
coming back for more.
The guys in the band are very excited and proud of
the new release, which they recorded in Lansing at Elm
Squeezebox: Dave Shilakes, Jeff Rosenfeld and Sean Strasberqer.
Street Recording. "I feel it's our best recording to date.
I'm very proud of the both the songs and the way in
which they were produced," says Strasberger, who is
a resource room teacher and belongs to Congregation
Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing.
When he first got the EP, Rosenfeld says he sat in
his car and just cranked it. "We had only been back
together for a couple of months and didn't really know
what would come of it," he says. "It solidified the fact
that we're back in it for good."
Both Strasberger and Rosenfeld say they hold their
Judaism very close to their hearts.
"Judaism has been strong throughout my whole life,
whether I was going to Jewish Community Center day
camps or BBYO or working at JCC camp as a music
teacher or with special needs children," Strasberger says.
"I try to wear my Chai every day."
Rosenfeld's grandparents are both Holocaust
Saturday, Feb. 9
Wednesday, Feb. 20
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survivors, and he's very interested in Israeli politics.
"My Judaism is extremely important to me and
something that I would consider to be a major defining
characteristic," he says. "I find a lot of peace in
Combining melodic harmonies, epic guitar solos,
sing-along lyrics and multiple vocals, this band hopes to
make a dent in the music scene. They have shared the
stage with Sponge, Frontier Ruckus and Brian Vander
Ark. They play all over Michigan including Lansing and
the Detroit area at venues including the Garden Bowl
and the Majestic Theatre. They are also two-time winners
of Battle of the Bands held at the Costick Center in
For more info on squeezebox and to find out about
upcoming shows, be sure to visit and like them on their
Facebook page at facebook.com/squeezeboxmusic . Their
EP is available on iTunes. ❑
Saturday, March 9
Save the date! Second annual EPIC event starts at 8 p.m. and features
comedian B.J. Novak at the MGM Grand in Detroit.
More information can be found at http://nextgen.jewishdetroitorg .