The most excellent Squid 'Town Centre' EP gets a repress... essential stuff!
The previous edition had a white hype sticker (which is now red) and the green back cover is now blue. The cover artwork by Michael Cox remains the same... as do the four essential tracks from one of the most exciting bands around and a big part of Sea Change 2020.
‘Town Centre’ is a perfect distillation of everything they have done so far, making good on the angular funk of ‘The Dial,’ the disco-punk of ‘Houseplants’ the ambitious songwriting of ‘Terrestrial Changeover Blues’ and through to their more ambient-leaning early work.
Kicking off with the ambient sprawl of ‘Savage,’ Squid are instantly revelling in the uncertainty and ambiguity found in the searching out of ideas and have created something that feels meditative yet active, capturing their alluring chaos but presenting it in a totally different manner.
Next up, the propulsive, guitarled ‘Match Bet’ was written at guitarist Anton Pearson’s parents house in Norfolk and spawned from an open tuning fingerpicking pattern that sparring partner Louis Borlase had been developing after being inspired by the Don Edwards track ‘Coyotes’ in Grizzly Man.
On ‘The Cleaner,’ Squid are at their angular best, the lyrics are inspired by moving to London and trying to adjust to the pace and lifestyle of the city. The track is bursting with ideas, and there’s a clear energy and determination within the band to embrace different musical styles, deftly.
‘Town Centre’ closes with ‘Rodeo,’ a cinematic track that features an observational monologue from Ollie Judge. Percussion and keys wunderkid Arthur Leadbetter says of the track: “The song is a story for us. One that feels like your on a movie set while the camera is rolling, but the lead actor has lost the plot and split his mind between those closest to him.”
For ‘Town Centre’ the band once again team up with producer du jour Dan Carey and emerge with a powerful, intensely angular collection of songs that 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.
Dan Carey on Squid; “I love Squid so much. To record with them is such a joy - the room is a sea of ideas and enthusiasm without any clashes of ego; every suggestion is given full attention. This , combined with their musicianship results in beautifully inventive music, underpinned by a hard steady groove and topped with lyrics that are important and surreal.”
Squid have built their name on the back of a run of fine singles and their incendiary live shows which displays an energy and conviction that is positively transcendent in its chaos and fever. ‘Town Centre’ is the most complete body of work they’ve created yet and is not only an enthralling listen, but also serves as a compelling blueprint as to what they can achieve.
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)
2. Match Bet,
3. The Cleaner
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