Formed in Brighton, Squid is the brainchild of Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Louis Borlase (Guitars and Vocals), Arthur Leadbetter (Keyboards), Laurie Nakivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars & Vocals). The band released their debut EP ‘LINO’ which mapped out the blueprint for their developing sonic pallet, one that has now settled into a blend of driving motorik rhythms, psychedelic pop and the more polished corners of late 70s post-punk.
This sound was solidified with the release ‘Terrestrial Changeover Blues (2007-2012)’, a song that paired jaunty arrangements with urgent instrumentation and vocals. It was a confident start to the year that found the band really beginning to mould their sound into something more tangible and kinetic. The lyrics dealt with a romanticisation of this analog past in which social anxieties weren’t such a dominant force. These existential musings have become a staple of Squid’s post- ‘LINO’ material and ‘Terrestrial Changeover Blues (2007-2012)’ was the mission statement.
The band recently released latest single ‘The Dial’ through cult label Speedy Wunderground. Label-head-honcho Dan Carey saw the band play the track live, he thought he could help record it with a fresh feel- speeding it up, deconstructing and rearranging it. The results were powerful, showing a band with rapidly growing confidence, creating an intense angular track that managed to recall both Television and LCD Soundsystem whilst swerving all notions of pastiche. The track gathered critical adoration with DIY Magazine claiming, “Squid have shown themselves to be something really special on ‘The Dial’.” It is a truly outstanding track, less Brighton Lanes and more Virginia Plain.
2018 has also seen Squid play a number of phenomenal live shows, seeing them hone their live performance into something even more potent. These shows included a scene-stealing set at Brighton’s Alternative Escape and a punchy set at the Green Man festival. They have also performed a number of sold-out headline shows including shows at the Sebright Arms and The Old Blue Last. They have also had the pleasure of supporting acts such as Black Midi, Goat Girl and Honey Lung.
“A more aggressive spin on the funky post-punk of Television and Talking Heads” Stereogum
“a rich blend of psychedelia, Europop and punk noise” Line of Best Fit
“itchily contagious as it is futuristic” – Clash
“A unifying sense of ingenuity and vessel bursting energy” DIY