10 questions with Squidge

How did you get into creating music?

Jordan: We all met at University where we formed the band and started creating disgustingly loud covers of pop songs straight away. I remember our first practice pretty well, we turned everything up to 11 and jammed out “Song For The Dead” by Queens of The Stone Age pretty terribly along with a very unhappy sounding version of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. It was a hell of a lot of fun and definitely acted as the catalyst for writing our own music as a band.

Where do you get your inspirations from ?

Tom: We love a lot of music, in particular those similar to the sound (or noise) we make. We have been influenced by well-known artists such as Biffy Clyro, Nirvana, early Foo Fighters as well as lesser known artists like Dinosaur Pile-Up, Basement, Drug Church and Gnarwolves. There’s definitely a lot more than that but the list wouldn’t end!

George: I’m obviously really into grunge, rock and pretty much anything loud and energetic! I’ve played in a blues and funk band before too, so I think I tend to draw some inspiration from those genres for groove and rhythm too. I’ve been really expanding my horizons over the last few years and it’s been so fresh to pull such different styles together while remaining true to my rock roots. As Tom says, Biffy Clyro are a massive influence of mine, but bands like Green Day, Arcane Roots, Reuben, American Football and Tiny Moving Parts also have a big part in how I write.

Use three words to describe your music!

Big Sad Noise

What’s your favourite song of yours and why?

Jordan: Honestly I think my favourite song is one we haven’t released just yet, but if I had to choose from the current roster it’s between Simple Functions and Sleep, I’m really proud of both of those songs for the lyrical content and arrangement.

James: My favourite song to play live is Soap for sure, it always pops off when we play that in Moles! Sleep was a song that I wrote a year after a friend of mine tragically passed away. It goes through the feelings I had dealing with it and looking back a year after. I also love the music video for that one.

George: Having been a huge fan of Squidge before I was lucky enough to join, I find this almost just as difficult as the guys who wrote them! I love Tired, I feel I personally really connect with the lyrical content and it’s just such a fun song to mosh about to (both on stage and in the audience!). The new material we are working on is really exciting too.

Tell us one artist you are listening to right now!

Jordan: I’ve been listening to a band called Title Fight loads recently. We’re all pretty big fans of theirs, it’s safe to say that the newer Squidge material is heavily inspired by their stuff. They’re incredibly catchy for a hardcore band, “Leaf” and “Head In The Ceiling Fan” in particular are testimony to that.

James: I discovered an artist simply known as EDDIE, who has an EP called Bad Habits. It’s nothing to do with the Squidge sound at all (it’s synthwave/house music) but damn it slaps. I’ve also been listening to a lot of 2000s Alt-rock bands like Finch and Brigade, who have massive guitar sounds.

George: I recently discovered a band called Dryjacket who I’ve really gotten into over this year. Beautiful guitar sounds and super cool and unique grooves which are so intricately woven together. That’s my jam. It can get thrashy too, so that’s basically all the things I love in music blended together!

Who would you like to collaborate with the most?

James: If it’s a musical collaboration I think it’d have to be Mongol Horde, that would be soooo funny and so heavy.

George: Tough one as there’s so many artists I’d love to get in a room and jam with. I kind of feel like collaborating with an artist that’s polar opposite to us would be really interesting.

Where is your favourite place you have ever performed?

Jordan: For me it has to be Rough Trade Bristol. Great sound, atmosphere and the fact that it’s a record store makes it feel that much more special as you're surrounded by such a plethora of music culture.

Tom: I would have to say Komedia Bath. We’ve played there 3 times and I’ve always had a great time on the big stage. The team there are all super lovely and supportive! Oh, The Hope And Ruin in Brighton is also awesome, hoping we get a chance to play there again.

James: That time (pre-Tom) we played in a disgusting basement at a house-show. That was definitely the most DIY punk thing I’ve ever been part of.

George: Komedia is up there. Big stage and flashy lights, what’s not to love about that! I have a strong feeling towards the first venue I ever played at consistently called the Booth Hall back in Hereford. It’s sadly no longer a venue but I have some amazing memories there. It was a small room but it could really go off in there!

Where is the one place you dream of performing?

James: I have always wanted to play 2000 Trees festival. I have been a punter since I was 17 years old and it really is the most important weekend of my life every single year. When I introduced the others to it they all fell in love with it too. P.S if anyone from Trees HQ is reading this, please get in touch!

George: I think as a rock band, Reading Festival is definitely high up on this list. I’d love to play Barrowlands in Scotland too.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

Jordan: I’m really looking forward to writing more and refining our new material, as well as getting into the studio again. I really enjoy being in that creative environment and getting absorbed into the process of creating new music. Also I hope we get to play a live show again at some point in front of people, it’s unlikely but either way I can’t wait to perform our new material to a live audience.

George: More and more new songs! The things we are working on right now I’m super excited about.

What are you working on next?

Tom: Right now, we are writing a bunch of brand new songs ready to put together our second EP. We can’t wait to share them with you all!