What happens when you put five young lads with different musicalinfluences together in a room to jam? It could be the start of a badjoke but in case of British band Squid it was the start of somethingvery special. With influences ranging from German experimentalbands NEU! and Can and a lot of instrumental post-rock all the way to ambient pioneer Brian Eno, the quintet started their careerplaying a lot of jazzy, ambient stuff.
Along the way, they evolved into a whole different beast...Singles ‘The Dial’ and ‘Houseplants’ are not jazzy or ambient. Squid combines the dance-punk of the mid-00’s with math-rock-hyperactivity and frantic singing about everyday weirdness. It’s astylistic mixture that never feels forced but still feels kind ofunsettling, in the most beautiful way possible. Add to that their impeccable live reputation and it’s obvious why you find thisLondon-/Brighton-based group on every list of buzziest new bandsaround.
''They might only be a couple of years into life as a band, but themomentum behind Squid over the last six months speaks for itself;unusual and idiosyncratic, theirs is an infectious sonic viewpointthat’s pricking up more ears by the day.”
- DIY Magazine