What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Squid

Every week, we’re going to be introducing you to a brand new artist we’re going for mad for here at NME Towers via our ego-busting new Q&A, What’s Your Band Called, Mate? This week, Squid tell us about the time that one of them had a SWAT team called on them, what they’re going to do at their final ever show

What’s your band called, mate?

“Our band is called Squid, and we formed in Brighton and based all over the place.”


We are…


What do you sound like?

“Coronation Street theme tune played on flutes by angry children.”

Are you any good (honestly)?

* See above *


What’s your best song?

“Probably ‘Houseplants’ and our cover of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’.”

What’s been your most memorable gig?

“At MOTH club there were three people passionately necking each other right at the front of the crowd. We were happy that our music was a catalyst for romance… thrice!”

Tell us something really interesting about you, that isn’t to do with music.

“Louis was going to be Wolfie in Tracy Beaker.”

We said really interesting…

“Louis had a SWAT team called on him when he was 13. Not a joke.”

What’s your karaoke song?

Anton: Elton John – ‘Tiny Dancer’
Laurie: Elton John and Tupac – ‘Ghetto Gospel’
Ollie: ABBA – ‘SOS’
Louis: Sean Paul – ‘Breathe’
Arthur: Bach – ‘Prelude’ ft David Guetta

Scenario: We’ve given you a shit load of money to make a big budget video – what do you do with it?

“We’ll write a one man show for Jeff Goldblum meanwhile throughout the show Mark Kermode gives it a scathing review, but as a voiceover. If there’s anything left over we’ll take it out in cash, go to a island and burn it. £100,000?”

What do you want to achieve with your music?

“Squid hologram tour in 2068.”

(If you answered ‘we just do it for ourselves and anything else is a bonus’, then go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect £200)

If your tourbus was hanging over the edge of a cliff and you needed to throw out one band member as ballast, which member would it be and why?

“Arthur because he’s an avid rock climber and could just climb right back up… to the top!”

Fill in the blanks: When you listen to our music, it feels like ___black midi __ is __doing____ damage _____ to your __self confidence __.

If your band had ‘stans’ (superfans, like Katy Perry’s Kitty Cats or Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters), what would the name for them be?


Ricky Wilson once told NME he would ‘wank off a tramp’ to get famous. What would you do?

“Do a festival with Ja Rule.”

Where can we see you next?

“SXSW and then at Shacklewell Arms with Pip Blom and Amyl & The Sniffers on the 29th March.”

What do you want to happen at your last ever show?

“Burn a million quid.

Last words:

Remember us as we are”

Squid’s latest single ‘Houseplants’ is out now

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