Formed in Brighton, Squid is the brainchild of Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Louis Borlase (Guitars & Vocals), Arthur Leadbetter (Keyboards), Laurie Nankivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars & Vocals).
The hotly tipped post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid are back with their incandescent new single called Houseplants which is out today via Practise Music(Woman’s Hour, Osquello, Konradsen). On the track the band once again team up with producer du jour Dan Carey and emerge with a powerful, intensely angular track that manages to recall the finest corners of late 70s post-punk alongside a propulsive motorik drive and glimmers of early noughties disco whilst expertly making it all their own.
Thematically, Ollie explains that the song is about “being able to afford a house and not having to have beans on toast for the week leading up to payday. Pessimistically, I don’t see that future happening, but I still catch myself every now and again thinking it could.”
Throughout its three movements Houseplants exhibits a playfulness, verve and energy that Squid eagerly allow into every part of a process which the band describes as “fast and furious”. It’s partly that willingness to try something new, to allow a single good idea to flourish and to work off-the-cuff that marks Squid out as such a tantalising prospect amongst their peers.
Squid are fast becoming known for their incendiary live shows; they play with an energy and conviction that is positively transcendent in its chaos and fever. Having performed their first festival shows and sold out headline shows to rapturous audiences, Squid are set to make 2019 their own with a summer full of festival appearances and their first shows outside Europe at this years SXSW.
“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 “Intense, weird songs that scan like David Byrne conducting LCD Soundsystem”Drowned In Sound “Vigorous post-punk that winds itself into tight coils before springing apart”NME “Itchily contagious as it is futuristic” Clash “One of our favourite new artists”So Young Magazine “A unifying sense of ingenuity and vessel bursting energy”DIY
11 – 17 March – SXSW
29 March – AMP (Annie Mac Presents) – Shacklewell Arms, London
3 April – Bird On The Wire 10th Anniversary – Studio 9294, London
4 May – Live At Leeds festival
5 May – Caring Is Creepy, Margate
10 – 12 May – The Great Escape, Brighton
2 June – Get Loud In Libraries – Birkenhead Library w/Our Girl
6 July – Electric Fields, Scotland
19 – 21 July – Bluedot, Jodrell Bank
2 August – Neverworld, Kent
3 August – Three Wheel Drive Festival, Andover
15 – 18 August – Green Man festival, Wales
30 – 31 August – Knee Deep Festival, Cornwall
29 August – 1 September – End of The Road Festival