Attack Of The Giant Squid
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Attack Of The Giant Squid

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"Top 10 ASU Radio Charts"

Top 20 artists/albums for the week of KASC Charts 10/27
(published in CMJ and The College Times):

1. The Good Life Help Wanted Nights
2. Los Campesinos! Sticking Fingers Into Sockets
3. Attack Of The Giant Squid (Ver.)
4. Some Velvet Morning Silence Will Kill You
5. Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
6. Stars In Our Bedroom After The War
7. Radiohead In Rainbows
8. Devendra Banhart Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
9. Small Sins Mood Swings
10. Electric Six I Shall Exterminate...

Link to Charts: - kasc - the blaze 1260 am

"Squid attacks audiences with no lead singer"

September 13, 2007

A common ailment that has brought down many a rock band is “LSD,� or “Lead Singer Disease,� where a band’s lead singer develops a seriously enlarged ego that alienates the rest of the band, leading said band to either break up or kick out the afflicted singer.
Tempe band Attack of the Giant Squid has found a way to avoid “LSD� — they don’t have a singer.

“Call us crazy, but this is actually about the music, and not how good someone’s pasty man-ass looks in their little sister’s l.e.i. jeans,� says Attack of the Giant Squid bassist Dave Gramp. “In today’s 'fast-paced and rapidly changing world’ of the future, a lot of blokes are quick to put a label or reference point on anything and everything they can, and out of that comes some inane need for 'would you like a side of music with your malnourished, drug-addicted poster-boy lead singer?’ �

“I could care less about what everyone else is doing,� says the Squid’s Tony Patino, one of the Valley’s best, most innovative guitarists. “Lyrics to me are almost too suggestive at times, but don’t get me wrong, we all appreciate artists such as David Bowie, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rick James, Parliament/Funkedelic, Sly Stone, Broken Social Scene, Mice Parade, Bjork, or The Super Furry Animals — it’s all cool.�

If you’ve never heard the virtuoso, all-instrumental work of Attack of the Giant Squid (which also includes Andy Haight, “aesthetic technician and sound FX,� drummer Noah Tallman and a horn section of Jeff Giroux and Shea Marshall), they’re not an easy band to pigeonhole into a genre, blending elements of free jazz, Hendrix-esque guitar riffs, layers of sonic cacophony, syncopated hard-rock runs, lush acoustic lines and psychedelic electronica, sounding unlike any other band in the Valley, or for that matter, any other band, period.

“We’ve approached songs a number of ways over the past four years, and we don’t like sticking to one formula for the most part,� Patino says of Attack of the Giant Squid’s complex compositions, which are honed through improvisation. “I could care less about what everyone else is doing

And the band loves the idea of being able to do whatever it wants musically in the future.
“With today’s market of pop culture and media telling you how to feel, or what’s hip, you almost have nowhere to escape,� Patino says. “Maybe we’ll do a pop album at some point — who knows what we’ll feel like doing tomorrow, or even 10 to 20 years from now? That’s the fun part of all of this — living your work and dreaming about a vision.�
Maybe even get a singer?

“We’ve had a singer the whole time,� Gramp laughs. “It’s a shame that nobody has noticed.�

Link to the full article: - GetOut Magazine

"Guitar heroes: 5 E.V. musicians who are six-string masters"

This is part of the article that pertains to Attack of the Giant Squid:

Tony Patino

Attack of the Giant Squid’s guitarist Tony Patino uses an array of guitar effects — wah-wah, reverb, distortion — to create a sonic landscape for his progressive rock/jazz workouts.

Elmo Kirkwood says: “Tony’s mastery of his effects board is art in itself — not many players utilize effects as appropriately or effectively. On top of that, Tony has the technical ability to back it up. He is definitely not relying on his pedal board, which makes the use of those effects even cooler.�

Link to the full article: - GetOut Magazine

"Calamari Volta"

Calamari Volta
The Squids are alright
By Brendan Joel Kelley

The first time I heard of Attack of the Giant Squid, I was drinking whiskey with my friend Rob Birmingham, a.k.a. Fun Bobby, who used to bartend and book shows at Hollywood Alley in Mesa until he left to raise his son in rural Oregon. Rob told me that the band sounded like the Mars Volta, except for being completely instrumental, and I was immediately intrigued.

That's a tall compliment to live up to — being compared to what's probably the most complex, intricate, experimental rock band making music today. I scoped it out, though, and for the most part, Attack of the Giant Squid lived up to the comparison in many aspects. The band, which consists of guitarist Tony Patino, bassist Dave Gramp, and drummer Noah Tallman (as well as occasional contributions from horn players Shea Marshall, Kevin Tagney, and Jeff Giroux), makes psychedelic, often improvised, jazzy math-rock that definitely approaches the Mars Volta's intensity, but without the paranoia.

But the thing about the Mars Volta, which is one of my favorite bands, is that the members are so distant from the audience when they play that you feel removed from what's happening onstage. It comes off as pretentious, while during the Squid's shows, the musicians are completely engaging, and encourage the audience to get down with them. Until now, the live show was all you got from the Squid, but within a few weeks, you'll be able to hear how the guys translated that energy and improvisation into a full-length album.

I'd been bugging Patino, who I drink with occasionally, to let me hear what the band had together for quite some time, but he only recently obliged, since the album (tentatively untitled) is nearing completion. Sitting in Patino's room, with his speakers blaring, I listened to the 20-minute-plus "Red and Purple Stars," the live staple "Rocketship to Thundera," "Lunchbox 5000," which features the Lymbyc Systym's Jared Bell on a Fender Rhodes, and a few as-yet-untitled songs.

The album is a cacophony of dissonance, jazz-influenced improvisation, squelches, distortion, and layers upon layers of white noise. It's a phenomenal listening experience — the best description is drug music, full-on psychedelia. Without vocals or a lyricist, every bar has to be interesting, complex, and dynamic, and the Squid's made that happen. I don't even think there's space sonically for vocals or lyrics; it would only distract the listener from the complexity of the music.

"Most of it was improvised on the album," Patino tells me. "I just overdubbed it to hell and tried to make it sound good. There were ideas written, but some stuff goes on longer than 32 measures — it might be 64 measures — then I've got all this space I've got to work with and make interesting and not make it just basic instruments. All of a sudden, it's a buildup of something else. The biggest challenge with the album was to make those parts sound good."

Originally, when the core threesome of Attack of the Giant Squid started jamming together back in late 2003, it was just drums, bass, and guitar. But they still felt it was missing something, and that's when they began soliciting other artists, in particular the horn players, to supplement the sound.

"We always wanted to have other instruments on stage, and, of course, we're really into jazz fusion and all other forms of jazz. When we first got together, we played a couple gigs with a trumpet player and recorded a few things with him, as well," Patino says. "It didn't really work out, so we searched for a keyboardist, but met [saxophonist] Shea Marshall, who also plays the organ on the album. He recorded one song with us, and didn't do anything with us again for almost a year, [until] he randomly called me up to jam an improv set at Hollywood Alley with us. It fit, so we got him all over the album.

"I love the fun of improvising and stealing licks from Shea Marshall," Patino continues. "He plays some crazy stuff with guitar pedals, and always surprises us with something new every show. He doesn't ever want us to tell him what key it's in. He says it's not his style to ever play the same thing. He's a prodigy."

The AotGS album is one of the most intriguing records to come out of the 'Nix that I've heard; it's hard to be this experimental and still be listenable, and to also avoid being pretentious math-rock elitists. But Attack of the Giant Squid has managed all of that. And now the members just want this album out of the way so that they can focus on the next recording project.

"This first album we're about to release is one big experimental jam for the jazz-fusion nerds out there. It's not a concept album, because we haven't thought of one yet," Patino says.

The album ought to be out sometime in March; the band's waiting to book a date for the release party. Meantime, they're working on the new material, practicing in Patino's living room and try - Phoenix New Times

"Attack Of The Giant Squid"

We got a good write up from Mindy. -

"Attack Of The Giant Squid" - College Times


First album titled: (ver.)
Released September 14th 2007.


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Attack Of The Giant Squid is a psychedelic/ambient/progressive/fusion/rock band with one of the most high energy shows in the Tempe, AZ music scene. Their live show will move you with a wall of sound reminiscent of a giant squid you are forced to battle in dance.