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Giant Squid

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Below is our complete Giant Squid news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Agalloch Members Form Khôrada

Emerging from the dissolution of Agalloch and Giant Squid, a new group is born: Khôrada. Featuring former Agalloch members Don Anderson (guitar), Jason Walton (bass) and Aesop Dekker (drums) alongside ex-Giant Squid guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory, Khôrada exists to create expansive, epic and passionate music.

The quartet announced that it has signed with independent label Prophecy Productions and is currently writing and demoing material for an as-yet-untitled debut album.

"Khôrada members Don Anderson and Jason Walton have been fans of Prophecy Productions since their inception in 1996," comments the band. "We have always admired and respected their commitment to quality packaging and uncovering the most cutting-edge artists in the scene. We are honored and humbled to be a part of their family."

Immediately following the breakup of Agalloch in May of 2016, Walton, Anderson and Dekker remained committed to writing and playing together and unanimously agreed on working with Aaron John Gregory from the recently disbanded Giant Squid. Musically, Khôrada (an ancient Greek term for an empty space, or place of reflection) is dedicated to heavy, brooding, and deeply emotional songs.

Lyrically, Gregory will write about the anxieties and fears of raising his daughters in a world that is both environmentally and politically in turmoil; where animal life and human life continue to be treated like property and assets to be exploited; the grind of living in an ever-competitive world with an ever-growing and unsustainable population and the fierce determination of nature to violently reset these terrifying imbalances. More...

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Ahab Comments On Album Art Similarities

Ahab has issued the following statement about people questioning the similarities between the cover from upcoming album "The Boats Of The Glen Carrig" and Giant Squid's "The Ichthyologist" release:

"Quite some messaging going around with the guys of Giant Squid (a San Fransisco based band) about our album artwork. They thought, our cover artwork of 'The Boats Of The Glen Carrig' is too close to the one of a re-issue of 'The Ichthyologist.' Unfortunately we didn't know the band or the cover. That being said: We still do not think there's much more similarity than a hand being turned into a sea-animal (two different one's btw). Anyway: We hope this settles the argument, cause we (and I guess also Giant Squid) do not like bitching with fellow artists. Now it's up to you, what to think of it."

Giant Squid also commented: "Been talking with Aahab, who say they, and the artist, we're officially and completely unfamiliar with both Giant Squid, and 'The Ichthyologist.' So there you go. Let's chalk it up to crazy coincidence, kindred spirits thinking alike, if you will.

"I love Ahab. One of my favorite bands going today. 'Divinity of Oceans' is almost perfect and is one of the only albums from a band I've just spontaneously acclaimed out of the blue on this page. 'The Giant' was great too, and I'm sure this new album will crush. And, as an illustrator, that album art is amazingly well done, truly beautiful. Except... eeesh, that sure reminds me of a cover of a certain landmark album by a certain band... Anyone else feeling me on this? Seems I'm not the only one calling it out in the comments. Eh, whatever I guess.

"Remember that one time we wrote an album about the New Jersey shark attacks, and then another band did it two years later. Yeah, me too. Sigh..." More...

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Giant Squid Posts New Song

San Francisco's progressive doom-rock scientists in Giant Squid will release fifth LP, "Minoans," on October 28th via Translation Loss Records.

In celebration of the impending release, BurningAmbulance.com today rolls out the new Giant Squid song "Sixty Foot Waves." Check it out below. The album's track listing is:

1. Minoans
2. Thera
3. Sir Arthur Evans
4. Palace of Knossos
5. Sixty Foot Waves
6. Mycenaeans (streaming here)
7. The Pearl and the Parthenon
8. Phaistos Disc More...

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Giant Squid Streaming New Track

San Francisco's progressive doom-rock scientists from Giant Squid will release their fifth LP, "Minoans," on October 28th via Translation Loss Records.

In celebration of the impending release, Stereogum is hosting the premiere of new song "Mycenaeans." Listen in below. Guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory comments on the album:

"'Minoans' is the record I've always known Giant Squid could make; ancient, exotic and other-worldly, while showing a new level of refined focus. Lyrically, the album is a giant love letter to the Mediterranean and specifically Bronze-age Greece - a region, people, and time period that deeply fascinates me - and which I feel mirrors these heartbreakingly brutal, turbulent times we live in today." More...

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Giant Squid Releasing New Album

San Francisco progressive doom-rock scientists Giant Squid will release fifth LP "Minoans" on October 28th via Translation Loss Records.

The record was recorded and mixed with engineer Tim Green (Earthless, Melvins) at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA and lyrically excavates one of the earliest civilizations known to history; examining how the aquatic demise of the ancient proto-Greek people may foretell our own end.

"Minoans" is the follow-up to Giant Squid's 2011 release "Cenotes' and features conceptual artwork created by guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory.

"'Minoans' is the record I've always known Giant Squid could make; ancient, exotic and other-worldly, while showing a new level of refined focus," comments Gregory. "Lyrically, the album is a giant love letter to the Mediterranean and specifically Bronze-age Greece - a region, people, and time period that deeply fascinates me - and which I feel mirrors these heartbreakingly brutal, turbulent times we live in today." More...

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Giant Squid Announces New Tour Dates

California's Giant Squid will be performing at the 12th edition of the Tidal Wave Music festival in San Francisco. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The upcoming Giant Squid tour dates are as follows:

6/25 2010 The Comet w/ Helms Alee, Lozen, Dog Shredder Seattle, Washington
6/26 2010 East End w/Cull, Lozen, Dog Shredder Portland, OR
7/24 2010 McLaren Park Jerry Garcia Amphitheater San Francisco, CA

You can hear sample Giant Squid tracks through the band's official MySpace page.

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Giant Squid Plans Records Release Show

Giant Squid has announced a record release show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 18 at The M Room. The show starts at 8:00 and tickets are $8. Supporting bands include Rosetta, Cable and Grayceon.

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Giant Squid Signs To Translation Loss Records

Translation Loss Records has announced the signing of San Francisco’s GIANT SQUID. Translation Loss Records will release "The Ichthyologist" this summer in correlation with the band's summer tour alongside label mates GRAYCEON. Engineered, mixed and produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pearl Jam), "The Ichthyologist" was self-released earlier this year by the band as a work in progress and has now been tweaked with parts being completely re-recorded and remixed due to the band’s constant strive for perfection from their mastermind / lunatic, Aaron John Gregory. The record will also be repackaged with completely redone / original art by legendary, world-renowned cartoon artist, Sam Kieth (The Maxx, Batman, The Sandman).

The band’s lineup is rounded out by Jackie Perez Gratz of Amber Asylum / Grayceon, Bryan Ray Beeson and Christopher Melville Lyman. GIANT SQUID’s last record was released via The End Records and the band has since appeared on a tribute to SYD BARRET late last year alongside Pentagram, Kylesa and Jesu.

Christian McKenna from Translation Loss had this to say about the signing: “After floating around with Drew (TL) and Aaron in the Pacific right by Alcatraz collecting mollusks while avoiding sharks and paparazzi for several hours… the three of us decided it was a no brainer to work together.. GIANT SQUID is completely unique to anything going on in heavy music nowadays and we couldn’t be happier to be along for the ride.”

You can check out some sound clips from “The Ichthyologist” on the band's MySpace page. New remixed and re-mastered songs from the band’s Translation Loss debut will be posted soon.

Here are the latest Giant Squid tour dates: More...

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16 Posts New Music Online and Announces Tour

LA metallers, 16, have posted two more tracks from their forthcoming full-length, "Bridges To Burn," online now via the band's official MySpace page. The tracks, "So Broken Down" and "Man Interrupted," are posted in addition to the first preview track "Skin And Bones" taken from the record. All three tracks can also be accessed via this media player. "Bridges To Burn" will see a January 20 release (January 26th internationally) through Relapse Records and features original artwork from Florian Bertmer which can be viewed here. More...

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16 Posts New Track, "Skin And Bones," Online

LA down-tempo metallers, 16, have posted a brand new track, "Skin And Bones," from their forthcoming full-length "Bridges To Burn" online on their official MySpace page. "Bridges To Burn" will see a January 26, 2009 international release through Relapse Records and features original artwork from Florian Bertmer, which can be viewed here.

16, have reformed with the original Dropout line-up of Cris Jerue – vocals, Tony Baumeister– bass, Bobby Ferry – guitar, and Jason Corley– drums. More...

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Giant Squid To Begin Recording In August

San Francisco/Sacramento, California-based band GIANT SQUID will heading into the studio this August to record their upcoming album, "The Ichthyologist."

Guitarist/singer AARON GREGORY provides the update:

"Hey everyone, it’s been a long time since Giant Squid has delivered some news, but we’ve got a lot coming your way over the next month or two, so thanks for all the people who’ve been checking up on us to make sure we’re still slithering about in some capacity or another.

"For now, the most important news is that we’ve put down our deposit to secure highly sought after producer, Matt Bayles (ISIS, Mastodon, Botch, Pearl Jam, Minus the Bear) to engineer and produce our next record entitled, The Ichthyologist. We’ll be heading to Los Angeles to record from August 10 – 16, and to mix from September 12-16. Matt Bayles is hands down one of our favorite producers of all time. We’ve worshiped albums like Oceanic, Leviathan, The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good, and We Are The Romans, having listened to them countless times. It’s always been a huge aspiration of ours to work with him so to finally do so is very exciting on so many levels.

"The Ichthyologist will be grand in scale, with ten full songs, and will the be the first recording of original material Giant Squid has done with full time cellist/vocalist, Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Amber Asylum), and will also feature new drummer, Chris Lyman, from San Francisco’s rock heroes, Turn Me On Dead Man (Alternative Tentacles). More...

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Giant Squid March Tour Dates

Giant Squid will be touring in the US throughout March. Here are the tour dates:

Mar 9 2007 8:00P @ The Blue Lamp, Sacramento, California w/ Ludicra, Black Elk, Grayceon
Mar 10 2007 9:00P@ Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, California w/ Grayceon, Ludicra, Black Elk
Mar 11 2007 9:00P @ The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, California w/ Ludicra and Black Elk
Mar 12 2007 9:00P @ Zombie Lounge - Metal Mondays, San Diego, California w/ Ludicra, Black Elk
Mar 13 2007 8:00P @ TBA, Phoenix, Arizona w/ Ludicra and Black Elk
Mar 14 2007 8:00P @ Launch Pad, Albuquerque, New Mexico w/ Ludicra and Black Elk
Mar 16 2007 8:00P @ SXSW - Hole in the Wall, Austin, Texas w/ Stolen Babies & Invincible Czars
Mar 17 2007 8:00P@ SXSW - The End Records Showcase, venue TBA Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2007 8:00P @ Rudyard's, Houston, Texas w/ Grayceon
Mar 19 2007 8:00P @ The Double Wide, Dallas, Texas w/ Grayceon
Mar 20 2007 8:00P @ Downtown Music, Little Rock, Arkansas w/ Grayceon
Mar 22 2007 8:00P @ Ravari Room, Columbus, Ohio w/ Mouth of the Architect, Grayceon
Mar 24 2007 8:00P @ Mac's, Lansing, Michigan w/ Grayceon
Mar 29 2007 9:00P @ Abbey Lounge, Boston, Massachusetts w/ Grayceon
Apr 1 2007 8:00P @ The Kyhber, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania w/ Grayceon

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Black Elk To Tour The West Coast and Mid-West

Portland's crushers BLACK ELK will be hitting the road in March on their way to SXSW in Austin, Texas; the ELK will be touring with Bay Area black metallers LUDICRA (Alternative Tentacles) and epic prog/sludge ensemble GIANT SQUID (The End) on the way to Austin, and will be doing a string of dates with TOTIMOSHI on the way back up to Portland. Tour dates will be announced soon.

Here are a few already planned Black Elk gigs:

Feb 16 2007 Berbati's Pan 20 Year Anniversary @ Berbati's Pan Portland, OR
Mar 2 2007 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR with Fu Manchu, Valient Thorr, Seemless
Mar 3 2007 Chiribins Bellingham, WA with Bloodhag

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Giant Squid Recording Through The Holidays

Austin, Texas-based eclectic doom rock band Giant Squid are keeping busy over the holidays, writing and recording new material and planning an upcoming tour of the U.S. and Canada. Giant Squid's singer/guitarist/frontman, Aaron Gregory, checks in to deliver a heads up on the latest happenings in the band:

"Last week after Thanksgiving, exactly a year since we were tracking Metridium Fields in 2005, we hit the Austin-based, personal home studio of Metridium Fields' eccentric producer, Jason Rufuss Sewell, known as Nebulost Productions. We are tracking a new song called 'Sutter's Fort,' named after the legendary California fort that served as a birth place for early Californian commerce, but was deserted when word spread of the discovery of gold in the near by American River. The fort was vandalized, abused, and exploited until there was nothing left but the founder himself, John Sutter. Many years later, the fort was relocated and restored as a historical landmark to the center of midtown Sacramento, the home town of Giant Squid, and is a huge part of Sacramento's history. Though this song was written well over a year ago, and has popped in and out of Giant Squid's live set since, it has a whole new meaning today. We've been dying to track some new material forever now, since Metridium Fields is a reissue of a record we did in 2002, and so this is a great opportunity to do that. We plan on including the song on The End Records' 2007 sampler, as well as posting the new track as a MySpace exclusive." More...

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Giant Squid Cancels All Shows

Giant Squid has cancelled all upcoming shows, including their November tour, in addition to tentative dates slated for February. Specific reasons behind the move haven't been enumerated. Rather, the following statement has been issued:

"The timing of this is heartbreaking for us on many, many levels, but due to recent catastrophic events in our private lives, the band can not function as normal to make it through these gigs. Please understand how tragic this is for us to have to cancel these great shows coming up with some fantastic bands whom we were sincerely looking forward to meeting and getting to know... We apologize immensely to the fans, the clubs, and the other bands."

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Giant Squid Announce Lineup Changes

Austin, Texas-based eclectic doom rock act GIANT SQUID have issued the following update:

"GIANT SQUID recently completed a quick jaunt across the U.S., including select dates with new labelmates STOLEN BABIES, as well as meeting up with The End Records veterans AGALLOCH for their CD release show in Portland, OR. Unfortunately the band couldn't come out of it with out losing a few tentacles.

"In the last days of the tour, GIANT SQUID's drummer, Mike Conroy, and keyboard/trumpet player, Tim Conroy, both decided to leave the band, though they did stay on to play the last mid-West dates. It seems they found little enjoyment in the adventurous yet harsh ways of tour life. Living out of a van, truck stops, and dank, dark clubs isn't for everyone. The ability to rock fifteen kids one night after a 12-hour drive, the same way you rocked the four hundred people at the show the night before, is something that most people don't have in them. It's a rough life and the band understands their desire to leave and wishes them the best. More...

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The Gathering Confirm North American Tour Dates

Dutch rock act THE GATHERING have confirmed three North American dates as part of their "Homelands Tour 2006". Support at the shows will come from GIANT SQUID and UNEXPECT. The dates are as follows:

Mar. 19 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Mar. 20 - The Middle East - Boston, MA
Mar. 21 - The Knitting Factory - New York, NY

THE GATHERING are currently finishing up work on their ninth studio album, entitled "Home", with Attie Bauw (producer of the band's 1998 effort, "How to Measure a Planet?"). The band is now at Bauwhaus studio mixing and mastering the music. For the recording the band had set up a professional studio in a quaint old church in the small town of Maurik, located in the south of Holland.

"Home" will be released sometime in the spring on the band's own label, Psychonaut Records (available on The End Records in North America).

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Giant Squid Re-Record Album, Prepare To Relocate

Northern California's Giant Squid spent the holiday weekend last week re-recording their 2002 independent release Metridium Field to serve as their debut for The End Records. Even though guitarist/singer Aaron Gregory is bogged down with studio and school work, he finds time to report in on the ongoing recording process.

"Giant Squid spent four days in a decrepit, freezing, ancient vets hall in Downtown Sacramento known as the Hangar, tracking for their first record on The End Records entitled 'Metridium Field.' The band within the last two weeks decided to re-record the entire record which was originally self released as their debut in 2002."

He adds, "Again at the helm is master of all things with down tuned strings, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, High On Fire, Swans, Sleep), capturing the massive guitar sound the band is known for, as well as the equally large sound of the Hangar's palacial live room. Giant Squid took full advantage of the studio's impressive collection of vintage synthesizers and organs like the classic Farfisa and Hammond. The band is scheduled to track vocals with local buzz engineer, Robert Cheek (RxBandits, An Angle, Deftones), and then mix in their new home town, Austin, TX. where they are relocating from Sacramento, CA in January. Giant Squid is terribly excited to release this new interpretation of their original material on their new found home, The End Records."

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Giant Squid Sign With The End Records

Northern California's GIANT SQUID have inked a deal with The End Records.

GIANT SQUID garnered the attention of eclectic indie-metal label The End Records with their self-released first album, "Metridium Field", engineered by legendary veteran producer of heavy music, Billy Anderson (NEUROSIS, MELVINS, HIGH ON FIRE, MR. BUNGLE). This original release, featuring the concussion-inducing beats of legendary Sacramento drummer Jason Divencenzo (RED TAPE), will be fully re-mixed with added vocals and instrumentation by Billy Anderson, and then re-released in a beautiful new digipak highlighting the original cover art of Aurielle Gregory.

Any fan of artistically intelligent and organically heavy indie-rock music, in the vein of ISIS, SONIC YOUTH, PLEASURE FOREVER, BLACK HEART PROCESSION, TARANTULA HAWK, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, PELICAN, MOGWAI, ULVER, NEUROSIS, TARENTAL, HIGH ON FIRE, or classic rock and punk like BLACK SABBATH and the SUBHUMANS, should appreciate the band's worship of guitar overdrive, somber interludes, and tide-like build ups.


Andy Southard (keyboard, vocals, pants)
Mike Conroy (drums, theories)
Aurielle Gregory (guitar, vocals, wife)
Bryan Beeson (bass, final fantasy)
Aaron Gregory (guitar, vocals, husband)

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