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slapguitarer
10-13-2013, 08:07 PM
This was kind of an oddball show. Giant Squid were headlining a free, all ages benefit show for shark research at a brewery in San Francisco. It was at Speak Easy Brewery and it was in the early afternoon. Giant Squid + Free = Slap's Attendance, so I made my way to San Francisco on a sunday morning. After some screw ups with public transportation on the fault of both Muni and me not knowing the part of town too well, I finally got to Speak Easy around 2:50ish, as the opening band, Winter Teeth, were finishing up their set. I only caught about a song and a half. They were a solid female fronted stoner rock band. The event was benefit/awareness show for the two organizations Ocean Research Foundations and Sea Stewards, raising money for local shark research. So it was a natural fit for Giant Squid to be playing. Around 3:30ish I wanna say, Giant Squid got on stage.

This was my second time seeing Giant Squid, last was in July of 2011, and it was definitely the better of the two I'd say. Giant Squid recently saw the return of original keyboardist Andrew Southard to the band and it was great to hear another dimension added to their already incredible live sound. The band played a mix of material including all of their major releases and also played some new tunes. They started the set off with Dead Man's Fog, a track from their debut EP, Monster In The Creek. The song was absolutely haunting and I could already tell the addition of keyboards to their sound was going to really add. I know it isn't the first time they've had keys, but in more recent years the band has had a stripped down line-up of just guitar, cello, bass, and drums. After Dead Man's Fog, they kept the dead man theme going with Dead Man Fog, which is everybody's favorite song about crayfish. After that, Aaron gave a lil' speech about Shark Fin Soup, which served as transition into their new song Shark Fin Soup. It was a calmer, more eerie tune with cool keys, but also burst into a post-metal explosion every time Aaron sang. After that they played Donner Party, which is literally one of the best jams of all time. If you can't jam to that song, you need to reevaluate your life decisions and pray to the shark gods for forgiveness. They busted out Summit which was :drool:. They played another tune, Minoa, which was a fucking sludgy jam and that vibed pretty fucking hard. And they closed the set with Tongue Stones which is definitely one of their best works to date. Seriously every riff in that song is jaw dropping. Overall, I had a complete blast seeing Giant Squid for the price of free.99. Look out for their upcoming album that I"m assuming will drop next year.

Giant Squid
Dead Man's Fog
Dead Man Slough
Shark Fin Soup
Throwing a Donner Party at Sea
Summit
Minoa
Tongue Stones

Natrlhi
10-14-2013, 03:54 PM
You fucking asshole.

Natrlhi
10-14-2013, 04:08 PM
Summit
Yup. Serious fucking asshole you are.

slapguitarer
10-14-2013, 05:21 PM
:D

Onioner
10-14-2013, 09:20 PM
Winter Teeth are cool. Their bassist Shane plays in Hazzard's Cure, a badass black/stoner/thrash band that I helped record this summer. Laurie Sue from Ludicra dropped by to do vocals on this song-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe6GGojsYHE

Jaws on the fucking control room floor when she ripped that shit out.

illuminatus917
10-15-2013, 03:56 AM
You fucking asshole.

As much as I share that sentiment, focus on:

Look out for their upcoming album will drop next year.

It eases the pain.

Natrlhi
10-15-2013, 06:44 PM
As much as I share that sentiment, focus on:



It eases the pain.Do you know something that Slap doesn't? Is it a definite go for a 2014 release? I'm so out of the loop these days it just makes me ill.

Even still, Slap is an asshole. New Squidness is just a distraction from the fact. :tongue:

illuminatus917
10-17-2013, 03:21 AM
Do you know something that Slap doesn't?

Nothing whatsoever. I'm in the dark. I've tried emailing TLRecords but they don't reply. I'm just being optimistic.

Natrlhi
10-18-2013, 02:24 PM
Ah, OK. For a minute there I was gonna be really ashamed of myself.

Back when The Ichthyologist came out, I was waiting for the day that the pre-order started, and I was so pumped when I got copy #22 of 1000, which was early enough that Aaron included a shark tooth from the floor of the aquarium tanks he used to SCUBA dive in as part of his day job at the time.

I'd have fallen from grace a long damn way if a new Squid album dropped and I wasn't even aware of it until the last minute (or even worse, after the fact).

EDIT: The tooth was from a Broadnose Sevengill (Notorynchus Cepedianus), which undoubtedly inspired the name of Track #6 on the album. :D

It may have even come from this gal right here:

http://aquariumofthebay.org/assets/images/sevengillshark_329x697_697x329.jpg

illuminatus917
10-19-2013, 02:48 AM
Which reminds me, I really need to bite the bullet and cough up the money for one of the vinyl releases of that album.

In 2009 Giant Squid hadn't crossed my radar yet. I didn't learn about them until the following year, the summer of 2010, and thus it was too late to order the album for a reasonable price. By the time I wanted a copy of the album on vinyl they were long gone, and now the prices on the two colored versions are through the roof.

On Discogs (the only place I can find where they're listed for sale):

Green/Orange, 103 copies - $135.42
Blue/Flesh, 174 copies - $120.00

:wallbang:

Do you remember if the shark tooth was a perk included with the CD only? I'd love to have one of those.

Natrlhi
10-19-2013, 12:49 PM
Which reminds me, I really need to bite the bullet and cough up the money for one of the vinyl releases of that album.

In 2009 Giant Squid hadn't crossed my radar yet. I didn't learn about them until the following year, the summer of 2010, and thus it was too late to order the album for a reasonable price. By the time I wanted a copy of the album on vinyl they were long gone, and now the prices on the two colored versions are through the roof.

On Discogs (the only place I can find where they're listed for sale):

Green/Orange, 103 copies - $135.42
Blue/Flesh, 174 copies - $120.00

:wallbang:

Do you remember if the shark tooth was a perk included with the CD only? I'd love to have one of those.I believe so. Aaron promised to send them to the first fifty folks who placed orders, if I recall correctly.

I funny thing is, Aaron has actually posted on here a few random times (under the screen name RK2THIS (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16674&highlight=cenotes+squidling&page=5)), back when the Cenotes EP was due to be released. If you had a dependable way to contact him through a metal forum such as this one, and you sent him a phot of a rare vinyl that you paid big bucks to get, I'd bet he just might send you one if you asked for it. I'm guessing he has hundreds of them lying around. I seem to remember a publicity photo for that album where they had it in its various forms arranged on a table or something with a bunch of the same teeth scattered around it. I should Google that photo and see if I can find it...

EDIT - Here are them there damn photoez (from the band's FB page):

https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/298862_10150276781249010_2042435_n.jpghttps://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/296372_10150276781784010_1138212_n.jpg
The first photo is the self-funded original pressing that the band themselves released......................................The second photo is the re-release on Translation Loss (I have a copy signed by the entire band :cool:).

illuminatus917
10-19-2013, 01:24 PM
I believe so. Aaron promised to send them to the first fifty folks who placed orders, if I recall correctly.

I funny thing is, Aaron has actually posted on here a few random times (under the screen name RK2THIS (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16674&highlight=cenotes+squidling&page=5)), back when the Cenotes EP was due to be released. If you had a dependable way to contact him through a metal forum such as this one, and you sent him a phot of a rare vinyl that you paid big bucks to get, I'd bet he just might send you one if you asked for it. I'm guessing he has hundreds of them lying around. I seem to remember a publicity photo for that album where they had it in its various forms arranged on a table or something with a bunch of the same teeth scattered around it. I should Google that photo and see if I can find it...

:lol:

Thanks for the link. Reading through that thread brought me a good laugh. It's fun to read back over things that were said that we've since forgotten.

And I completely forgot one of the band members of Giant Squid made an account to post in the thread dedicated to the Cenotes release. Maybe he'll come back when they announce the new album, as I'm sure we'll all be in a tizzy discussing it and hyping it up and bitching about shirt sizes.

But yes, indeed, I'll send him a private message. Even though he doesn't post here anymore, he'll still get an email notification if he gets a private message, and maybe he'll actually read it and respond to my plea for a shark tooth. :eyes:

I made an offer on the blue/flesh vinyl copy for sale on discogs, but was declined. :( I just don't want to pay $120 for it.

Natrlhi
10-19-2013, 01:52 PM
Ya know, in my fumbling for that photo I found out that they're re-releasing the Monster in the Creek EP on CD...and apparently it will have a DVD in it as well (or at least, some version of it will). This world needs a DVD of Giant Squid. I wonder what the hell the DVD will contain. If we're lucky, it'll be a bunch of live performances. Hell, even if it's a bunch of videos of him recording riffs in front of his and Jackie's daughter Pearl (see the band's FB page...that video actually exists :D), I'd still buy the goddamn thing. :lol:

illuminatus917
10-19-2013, 01:57 PM
Maybe it will contain riveting footage of Aaron scuba diving in the aquarium.

Natrlhi
10-19-2013, 02:03 PM
Been there, seen that.

http://www.cottoncrustacean.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/AboutUs_AJDiving.jpg

illuminatus917
10-19-2013, 02:19 PM
Oooh, I just saw those pictures of the CD. Those teeth are gorgeous. :lovedup:

Here are the vinyl versions (equally as gorgeous):

http://i39.tinypic.com/2133o91.png

http://i42.tinypic.com/osh6jo.png

http://i41.tinypic.com/2vj3kad.png

http://i42.tinypic.com/adnj0z.png

:lovedup:

I hope Aaron responds to my message. I would be forever gracious.

And, uh, about that other photo... did you go hang out with him while he was at work? And photograph him while he was in the tank? I hope this was a public aquarium... or that he consented to this... or that he didn't know a rabid fan was stalking him. Maybe I shouldn't have referenced you in the message... :eyes:

Natrlhi
10-19-2013, 04:43 PM
And, uh, about that other photo... did you go hang out with him while he was at work? And photograph him while he was in the tank? I hope this was a public aquarium... or that he consented to this... or that he didn't know a rabid fan was stalking him. Maybe I shouldn't have referenced you in the message... :eyes::lol: The photo is from the Cotton Crustacean web site (the t-shirt company run by Aaron and Jackie).

...but I did meet all of them in Chicago in 2009 (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10997). Lovely people all around. :fist:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1398240_609110232463755_1253554308_o.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1401294_609108905797221_734032254_o.jpg

illuminatus917
10-20-2013, 06:30 AM
:bouville:

Damn you.

:bouville:

idrinkwine732
10-23-2013, 04:54 AM
How many times is this seeing the Squid for you, Slapster?

slapguitarer
10-23-2013, 06:21 AM
Second time. I hadn't seen them since the Giant Squid/Cormorant show in 2011

idrinkwine732
10-25-2013, 09:43 AM
Second time. I hadn't seen them since the Giant Squid/Cormorant show in 2011

Neat. Seems like they've been pretty quiet lately. Still waiting for that Anneke Van Giersbergen cameo so they can play Sevengill live :flame:

illuminatus917
11-04-2013, 12:42 PM
Do you know something that Slap doesn't? Is it a definite go for a 2014 release?

This looks promising to me...

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2013/11/metal_cellist_jackie_gratz_giant_squid_grayceon.ph p



What is on the horizon for Giant Squid and Grayceon, respectively?

Both bands are writing their fifth albums! Giant Squid is about half way there and Grayceon is very close to finishing. Most likely both will be out in 2014.

slapguitarer
11-16-2013, 04:48 PM
Some footage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjZQt4GU1aQ