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Dirty Linen Magazine August/September 2007 By Dan Willging

New York State’s Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers don’t dare to be different, they just are--and take pride in being so. As a kid, Greg Speck played a lot of his ethnic Slavic music on accordion. He was so good, in fact, that he and his brother, Bill, had a band in which they played Slavic weddings. By the age of 21, Speck was so burnt out with accordion that he put it down and focused on keyboards and jazz. Then one day Speck and his young sons had an epiphany--they saw C. J. Chenier performing, and Alek, then 12, exclaimed, “Dad, you could do this!” Greg returned to accordion, joined by Alek on drums and Nick on bass, and they kick-started a family band: Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers were born. Obviously, they’ve managed to be successful regionally because 11 years later, they can say they’ve opened for the best: Chenier, Steve Riley, Geno Delophose, Terrance Simien, and Chris Ardoin. For the band’s fourth album, Zydeco on the Radio, Speck now plays the diatonic (Cajun) variety accrdion in addition to his piano-row one. Lyrically, Speck doesn’t attempt to emulate Louisiana zydeco artists, but prefers to keep as much individualism in his songs as possible. While he could do the stereotypical food metaphors (jambalaya, crawfish, and filé gumbo), Speck roasts pepper on the aptly named “Chile Pepper Party”. There’s a drive-time song that every motorist except desert rats can relate to, “Wipers Keepin’ Time”, while another song that unfolds as a totally traditional waltz is titled “Cosmic Mama”, that’s, uh-hum, replete with more quirkiness. On a few selections, (“WZYD/FM”, “Hillbilly Slip ‘n’ Slide) the band manages to hit a few groove sweet spots, with Mosher guitarist Justin Cross supplying dreamy riffs and ultra-articulate playing.

 

Paule Pachter, ZydecoRoad.com, March 3, 2007.

Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers remain one of the most versatile zydeco acts in the northeast. The Rensselaerville, NY based band continues to take some risks with their music, and on their fourth CD entitled Zydeco on the Radio, Greg Speck (aka Captain Squeeze) makes a musical departure from his piano-style accordion to display his command of the traditional diatonic accordion. In addition to a greater reliance on the button accordion, Speck and The Moshers have also recorded some impressive traditional tracks and laced them with that upbeat, jazzy sound that has come to define the Capital District's premier purveyors of Louisiana music.


Among the pleasing material contained on this 11 track CD are: "Zydeco on the Radio, "Bye Bye Baby," "WZYD/FM," "Squeeze Box Rocker," and "Hillbilly Slip 'n' Slide." The Moshers have a unique sound that they're able to duplicate and apply to both original and cover material, which truly makes them unique. It doesn't really matter if they are covering Boozoo Chavis, or Lisa Haley, you always know it's The Moshers. Their trademark, jumpy sound certainly comes across clearly on their latest and most enterprising effort to date.


Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers are: Greg Speck (accordions and vocals); Justin Cross (guitar); Brian Egan (drums); Bill Lawrence (bass); and Alek Speck (washboard). The special appearance by Craig Thaler on the violin adds significantly to the musical quality achieved on Zydeco on the Radio. The Captain has shed his 25 pound piano accordion for a 7 pound button accordion and the loss of weight has paid off with a great new CD. You can purchase Zydeco on the Radio directly from the band's official website at www.captainsqueeze.com

 

Band Review/via Zydecoroad.com

The launching of Saturday Night Zydeco was many months in the planning. We had to make sure that everything worked and that all of the details pertaining to the venue, prizes, sponsorships, insurance, accommodations and publicity would result in a successful first night out. We also had to have Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers on hand to roll this whole thing out. So on Saturday, September 14, 2002, the capitol district's premier zydeco party band came to Long Island and shook the floor of Delaney's Restaurant and Lounge with their outrageous zydeco sound and unique way of connecting with the dance crowd.

On their two CDs ("Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers" and "Zydeco Band On The Road"), the Moshers only feature their original material. It is an upbeat blend of zydeco and jazz jingled up with a dash of rock and roll. Among the original songs that brought the crowd up on the floor were: "Bon Temps Bon Temps;" "If I Go To Work;" and "Zydeco Band On The Road." However, the best-kept secret about Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers that you wouldn't know unless you saw them perform is their ability to deliver classic zydeco covers with wonderful authenticity. Their renditions of material by Terrance Simien ("Mardi Gras"), Beau Jocque ("Give Him Cornbread"), Boozoo Chavis ("Paper In My Shoes") and other Louisiana masters kept the crowd "Shakin' On The Dance Floor."

The Moshers are a wonderfully talented group of musicians who also come prepared with their outgoing and engaging personalities. Their practice of inviting members of the audience up on stage to play the rubboard with them was a genuine crowd pleaser and kept the party percolating all night as the band pumped out a barrage of two-steps, waltzes, and even made material by The Rolling Stones sound southern. Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers are: Greg (Captain Squeeze) Speck on accordion and vocals; Tim Keenan on bass; Brian Egan on drums; Justin Cross on guitar and Aleksen Speck or Troy Oechsner (when Alek is away at college) on rubboard.

If you have a chance to travel to the capitol district of New York State you're bound to catch The Moshers performing in many of the local clubs and specialty venues, and often sharing theater stages with Louisiana heavyweights such as C.J. Chenier, Terrance Simien and Buckwheat Zydeco. For more information about The Moshers log onto their official website at www.captainsqueeze.com.

 

Dirty Linen Magazine July 2005:

If the name isn't adorable enough, this band's endearing Louisiana sounds will steal your heart. Third album Bayou Party Downtown (GSM Records/upstate New York) is all-original, rawkin' zydeco from seemingly unlikely sources. The good Captain is Greg Speck - of Slovakian descent - whose formative years were weighted by classical accordion instruction and playing ethnic weddings. In 1996, at a C.J. Chenier performance in Albany, Speck's son Alek, added dad's talent and Chenier's style, and an idea germinated. Alek took up rubboard (a metal washboard worn like a shirt), and, with loyal recovering jazz pals, Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers came to be. The elder Speck got his groove in funk and R&B bands, honing it with a masters in music, but his heart is all zydeco. CSZM has opened for all the big guys, and continues to heat up the frigid Northeast. When the Captain picks up his Gabbanelli and ambles to the mic, better take a look and listen. An apropos bonus track, "Like Father/Like Son," is touching. (SM)