LIVE REVIEW: Squid @ Boiler Shop, Newcastle (22.10.23) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Two albums deep into their career, it might seem a touch premature to bestow accolades like “peerless” and “superlative” upon a band. However, Squid has set an astonishing trajectory with their groundbreaking debut, Bright Green Field, and its equally mesmerising follow-up, O Monolith. These releases have firmly established Squid as one of the UK’s most remarkable acts today.

Their performance at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop encapsulated the very essence of Squid’s prowess. From the compelling opener Swing (In A Dream) to an uproarious rendition of The Blades, we were taken on a whirlwind journey through the band’s finest offerings. The setlist artfully blended tracks from both albums, featuring gems including Narrator, Siphon Song and a mind-bending extended jam around GSK. It was a masterclass in concert structure, executed with an apparent effortlessness that was as impressive as the music.

Squid’s true mastery lies in their ability to distil accessible melodies from the most esoteric sonic landscapes and abstract concepts. Crafting avant-jazz pop songs that challenge the norm, they’ve carved out a niche that’s nothing short of captivating. With each performance, Squid reaffirms their status as standard-bearers for an exciting, innovative sound with the promise of yet more greatness to come.

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