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Squid, SWG3 Glasgow, 28th September by Stephen Wilson

Brighton’s post punk quintet Squid may have arrived late at the Glasgow venue, but it didn’t take them long to get the crowd going, as they blasted their way thru a twelve track set list and left their army of fans begging for more. Supported on the night by Indie Glaswegians Kaputt, they got the crowd whipped to a simmer in anticipation for the headliners to follow, their brand of Electro Pop music, enhance by 2 ladies on the horn section was well received by the ever swelling audience, as they ran through a set comprised mainly of tracks from their album Carnage Hall.  After their short set, they made way for the main act. Squid were formed in 2017 and are made up of Anton Pearson and Louis Borlase on guitar, Laurie Nankivell on bass, Arthur Leadbetter on keys and Ollie Judge on drums and lead vocals.  Their post punk sound denotes forms of rock music inspired by punk but with a far less aggressive approach, and can also be seen to include experimental sounds and instruments.  Examples of this would be evident from the first beats of the intro music, as the lights dim and the band takes to the stage.

Squid have recently released their debut album Bright Green Field, and as you can expect the majority of this evenings set list would be comprised of tracks from the record.  Sludge, G.S.K, Fugue, The Cleaner and Peel St, the band set out their stall, showcased their talents and even developed a mosh pit at the front of the capacity audience, as the cold Glasgow evening temperatures quickly rose inside the venue.

The Paddling, Sevenz and Narrator closed the main set, and after a short break the band returned to the stage for a two track encore, Documentary Filmmaker and final track of the evening, the fabulous Pamphlets.  The evening was done and the happy throng dwindled away off into the night.

For music lovers of this genre, Squid are a band to delight and excite.  Experimental sounds and percussion, mixed with melodies and lyrics which feel embryonic or improvised, it’s definitely an unorthodox approach but one which absolutely catches the attention.  It’s different, its fresh and a change from the norm, especially live on stage, and it’s a show well worth catching.

Photographs & Review by Stephen Wilson