Here at the Squid Lid Laboratories we’ve been busy.
Playing shows, of course, shows in bars, art galleries and at events. We play as much as we can, but it’s still not enough. We feel we need more shows and better shows and 10,000 hours and all that…but fortunately for us we’ve made a new connection that can help with the objective!
We’re happy to report that SQUID LID was signed to the American independent label Negative Gain Productions this summer!
We met the boys of N.G.P when we played a set for the Aftermath Festival here in Toronto at The Phoenix.
Squiddy was on early in the Saturday night line up so we weren’t expecting a big response and were pleasantly surprised when the crowd was loud, rowdy and dancing like it was 4am. That set is one of my favourites in 2015 so far. Love that stage too by the way…classic Toronto room.
After our show we met the Negative Gain crew and it was an instant friend crush all around. The Professor and I immediately clicked with these dudes. You could tell they understand our weird little project. Signing with them was a no brainer.
Our latest album Tackle Box is now on Negative Gain! Woot!
They are pimpin’ that shit out too! We love it.
N.G.P hooked up the official premiere of our most recent music video Shark Club on Horror Culture blog Bloody Disgusting! Check it out:
Awwwwww yeah. We got some tingles in our tentacles these days, I tells ya. There are so many stimulating plans being formulated.
So that was August.
In September we began work on the next music video for Tackle Box. The song is “Manta Ray Bait”. I’m really looking forward to sharing this vid in 2016 because it’s a little bit of a new direction for us visually and also because the cast was, as usual, all of our amazing friends and family!
Seriously though they are fucking amazing. So patient and happy to go with the flow, and then when you point a camera at them they are even better Goddammit!? Squid Lid knows all the talent, I’m telling you. We’re beyond lucky that way.
Oh and of course we also worked with documentary film maker Andrew Cromey for this video. We’ve been working with him and his collaborators over the last year for an internet docu series called Lovers and Fighters. (Squid Lid’s episode comes out in 2016 by the way. Side note: I’m totally shitting my pants thinking about the fool I’ve probably made of myself in that thing and I’m having panic fantasies where it all comes off like a bad Christopher Guest movie….. But that’s showbiz i guess huh? Ya pop a Xanny and ya move on. All part of the fun!)
Anyway, so we like Andrew Cromey and all those boys, cuz they are chill, and the beers have been gone for of course, and The Professor got to talking with them as you would imagine, and the next thing you know we’re in a backyard swimming pool shootin’ a video! It’s a fairy tale!
The Professor and Cromey have been busy in the editing room so stay tuned for that release via Negative Gain in 2016.
October was all about Hallowe’en, which is busy for us obviously.
We played some parties and bars around Ontario through the month, but the highlight was definitely Halloween night at the TETT Centre in Kingston. Those folks brought us on for their Sea Monsters Ball and it was a great gig. Beautiful room to work in and a fun party too. People’s costumes were fucking proper. We were impressed.
Here is a shot of The Professor wearing Fintroll, one of my favourite welder style masks in the collection right now.
Thanks to Michael East for those pictures.
After Halloween comes…….KRAMPUS!!!!!! The Christmas season will soon be OURS! Ya didn’t see that comin, did ya bitch?
2015 marks the 4th annual Krampus Ball hosted by Squid Lid! And the world is finally catching on to the Krampus phenomenon too! There’s a Krampus feature film out in theatres, and Krampus parties are popping up all over North America. It’s a wonderful time to be alive. And let me have a hipster moment here and say…“we did it before it was cool…” ahhhh. Thanks!
See the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/1058857930811554/
The CBC online gave our party some love already, see here: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/krampus-the-european-christmas-monster-is-having-a-moment-1.3337257
Our tentacles are full creating costumes for the event, refining the Squid Lid set, organizing the parade and the other talent and of course promoting the shit out of the party.
See you at The Krampus Ball, and again after the chaos, in the chill out room….
Thanks to The Despot and Google Dream for this groovy picture.