The propulsive post-punk of U.K. upstarts Squid first found a home on Speedy Wunderground, which released their angular and detached 2018 single "The Dial."
Formed while at university in Brighton, the five-piece -- Ollie Judge (vocals, drums), Louis Borlase (vocals, guitar), Anton Pearson (guitar), Laurie Nankivell (bass), and Arthur Leadbetter (keys) -- played their first gig after replying to an advert for a "young person's jazz night." Quickly putting a set list together, their idiosyncratic mix of half-yelped, half-sung vocals, jerky, angular guitars, brass blasts, and droney synths lines caught the ears of the U.K.'s underground scene with gigs following across the South-East with regular trips to London. The group issued a handful of tracks and singles -- 2016's "Perfect Teeth" and 2017's "LINO" -- before being picked up by Speedy Wunderground, home to the likes of black midi, TOY, and Kate Tempest. "The Dial" appeared toward the end of 2018, with the group making a name for themselves in 2019 with packed live shows including slots at the Green Man and Glastonbury festivals. Rounding out the year, Squid issued a second release for the label, the four-track EP Town Centre. ~ Rich Wilson