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slapguitarer 10-13-2013 08:07 PM

Giant Squid -- San Francisco, CA -- October 13th, 2013
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.

[U]Giant Squid[/U]
Dead Man's Fog
Dead Man Slough
Shark Fin Soup
Throwing a Donner Party at Sea
Tongue Stones

Natrlhi 10-14-2013 03:54 PM

You fucking asshole.

Natrlhi 10-14-2013 04:08 PM

Yup. Serious fucking asshole you are.

slapguitarer 10-14-2013 05:21 PM


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-


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

illuminatus917 10-15-2013 03:56 AM

[QUOTE=Natrlhi;543807]You fucking asshole.[/QUOTE]

As much as I share that sentiment, focus on:

[QUOTE=slapguitarer;543716]Look out for their upcoming album [B][I][SIZE="3"]will[/SIZE][/I][/B] drop next year. [/QUOTE]

It eases the pain.

Natrlhi 10-15-2013 06:44 PM

[QUOTE=illuminatus917;543835]As much as I share that sentiment, focus on:

It eases the pain.[/QUOTE]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

[QUOTE=Natrlhi;543874]Do you know something that Slap doesn't? [/QUOTE]

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 [I]The Ichthyologist[/I] 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:


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


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

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