Squid

Musicians — Brighton

Photo by Matilda Hill-Jenkins 

Name, where are you from?
Ollie, Louis, Arthur, Laurie and Anton. Formed in Brighton and based all over the shop.

Describe your style in three words?
Borrowed from Dad.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Omar Souleyman at End Of The Road Festival last year was pretty great. He’s a master of crowd commandment. We were also really sloshed on rum which helped. Or any of the 1000 times we’ve seen DUDS.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
XTC because we’re starting to realise that they’ve been quite influential on our music, it would be cool just to watch them and see how they played live, plus they’re from Swindon which is near where Louis and I grew up.. Then probably Kraftwerk, but when Ralf and Florian were playing with the guys from NEU! It still sounds fresh today.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The Krautrock movement in West Germany has always been something that has influenced us. The disregard for genre and conformity felt un-forced in this scene which is really inspiring. It felt like what they were doing was fuelled by curiosity and genuine passion.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Brian Limmond (Limmy) or Bob Mortimer. As a group, I think we’d get on quite well with both of them. It seems like they haven’t quite grown up, and that’s amazing. Bob Mortimer's character Barry Homeowner has been a source of great laughter recently.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Windmill, Brixton. We’ve never had a bad gig there and it’s fostered some of the best talent coming out of the UK. It’s mental how well known it is across the globe. We were in Slovenia and some guy came up to us and said “Oh my god. You guys have played The Windmill?! What’s it like there?”

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Simple Kid from Ireland. My parents and uncle introduced me to him ages ago. He released two albums and just disappeared, he’s a bit of an enigma. Lyrically, he can be heart-wrenching and hilariously sardonic all in one song. He’s written some absolute belters that I wish had done better commercially, they deserve to be heard!


You can catch Squid performing at The Shacklewell Arms, London alongside Amyl & The Sniffers and Pip Blom this Friday, 29th March 2019. Tickets at http://gigst.rs/AMPLondon.

The first track you played on repeat?
I remember smashing out 'Gigantic' by Pixies, 'Bombtrack' by Rage Against The Machine and 'Is This Love' by Bob Marley on my Walkman on the way to school.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Chubby Little Loser' by David Bowie. From his appearance on the Ricky Gervais TV show 'Extras'.

One record you would keep forever?
'Riding For The Feeling' from 'Apocalypse' by Bill Callahan.
My girlfriend got me this record when I was miserable, working in a hut at Brighton train station selling curry whilst all my friends were still students. Probably not the most uplifting record to get for someone who’s feeling that way, but it introduced me to the world of Bill Callahan/Smog which is a gift that's still giving.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“They’ll package up rebellion like a pot of clotted cream,
They’ll sell it back at twice the price and nullify the dream”

'No Go (For Louis MacNeice)' by The Cleaners from Venus.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Fannie Likes 2 Dance' by Merle.
'S.O.S.' by ABBA.
'The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix)' by Nathan Fake. 
'Better Off Alone' by Alice DJ.

A song you wished you had written?
'Golden Apples' by Country Teasers.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Roadrunner' by The Modern Lovers.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Ride (Hold Up)' by Lil B.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Up With People' by Lambchop.
Laurie has fond memories of this from New Year's Eve a few years ago. The title of the track says it all really.

Any new bands/artists you are listening to right now?
'Athens, France' by Black Country New Road.
'Terrible' by Lewsberg.
'Eugh' by Porridge Radio.
'Take You For' by N0V3L.

Photo by Matilda Hill-Jenkins 

Name, where are you from?
Ollie, Louis, Arthur, Laurie and Anton. Formed in Brighton and based all over the shop.

Describe your style in three words?
Borrowed from Dad.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Omar Souleyman at End Of The Road Festival last year was pretty great. He’s a master of crowd commandment. We were also really sloshed on rum which helped. Or any of the 1000 times we’ve seen DUDS.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
XTC because we’re starting to realise that they’ve been quite influential on our music, it would be cool just to watch them and see how they played live, plus they’re from Swindon which is near where Louis and I grew up.. Then probably Kraftwerk, but when Ralf and Florian were playing with the guys from NEU! It still sounds fresh today.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The Krautrock movement in West Germany has always been something that has influenced us. The disregard for genre and conformity felt un-forced in this scene which is really inspiring. It felt like what they were doing was fuelled by curiosity and genuine passion.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Brian Limmond (Limmy) or Bob Mortimer. As a group, I think we’d get on quite well with both of them. It seems like they haven’t quite grown up, and that’s amazing. Bob Mortimer's character Barry Homeowner has been a source of great laughter recently.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Windmill, Brixton. We’ve never had a bad gig there and it’s fostered some of the best talent coming out of the UK. It’s mental how well known it is across the globe. We were in Slovenia and some guy came up to us and said “Oh my god. You guys have played The Windmill?! What’s it like there?”

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Simple Kid from Ireland. My parents and uncle introduced me to him ages ago. He released two albums and just disappeared, he’s a bit of an enigma. Lyrically, he can be heart-wrenching and hilariously sardonic all in one song. He’s written some absolute belters that I wish had done better commercially, they deserve to be heard!


You can catch Squid performing at The Shacklewell Arms, London alongside Amyl & The Sniffers and Pip Blom this Friday, 29th March 2019. Tickets at http://gigst.rs/AMPLondon.

The first track you played on repeat?
I remember smashing out 'Gigantic' by Pixies, 'Bombtrack' by Rage Against The Machine and 'Is This Love' by Bob Marley on my Walkman on the way to school.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Chubby Little Loser' by David Bowie. From his appearance on the Ricky Gervais TV show 'Extras'.

One record you would keep forever?
'Riding For The Feeling' from 'Apocalypse' by Bill Callahan.
My girlfriend got me this record when I was miserable, working in a hut at Brighton train station selling curry whilst all my friends were still students. Probably not the most uplifting record to get for someone who’s feeling that way, but it introduced me to the world of Bill Callahan/Smog which is a gift that's still giving.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“They’ll package up rebellion like a pot of clotted cream,
They’ll sell it back at twice the price and nullify the dream”

'No Go (For Louis MacNeice)' by The Cleaners from Venus.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Fannie Likes 2 Dance' by Merle.
'S.O.S.' by ABBA.
'The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix)' by Nathan Fake. 
'Better Off Alone' by Alice DJ.

A song you wished you had written?
'Golden Apples' by Country Teasers.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Roadrunner' by The Modern Lovers.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Ride (Hold Up)' by Lil B.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Up With People' by Lambchop.
Laurie has fond memories of this from New Year's Eve a few years ago. The title of the track says it all really.

Any new bands/artists you are listening to right now?
'Athens, France' by Black Country New Road.
'Terrible' by Lewsberg.
'Eugh' by Porridge Radio.
'Take You For' by N0V3L.

Squid | Houseplants (2019)

Squid | The Dial (2018)

Squid | Terrestrial Changeover Blues (2007-12) (2018)

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