Squid The Whale came back in a big way yesterday in Howell, MI. Two years to the month since they split up, 3 of the 4 band members that recorded New War. and Four More were joined by Palmas bassist Eric Camarota at Bledfest 2015 for a one-day reunion.
The setlist? The hardest-hitting and fastest of the band’s 9 songs with Bradley Walden on vocals.
- Bad Man
- The German Affair
- Greatest Way
Despite some STD’s (Squid Technical Difficulties), the set played out better than most could hope for a band that hasn’t played together for 24 months. All together, they practiced for roughly 3 hours in the days preceding. I thought they sounded great.
Plenty of Squid fans showed up and sang along. This included those who supported the band when they were still together, local musicians that played shows with the group, and fresh faces who only came across the band after Walden joined Emarosa.
These fans, and the rest of the crowd in the mainstage area during this time were treated to something unexpected - a new song. “1969” is the by-product of a Squid The Whale LP that never was. The band recorded a full-length album in 2012, only scrap 4 songs. This left the tunes that would make up Four More, which was released in January 2013.
Having heard “1969” and the other songs that never made it into the public ear, I thought I knew what to expect. Yet, I was just as pleasantly surprised as the rest of the room. In the short time they had to rehearse for this show, they completely reworked the tune. The choruses were totally different. It became a new song completely.
I do not have permission to post the original recorded version. Maybe someday they’ll let me do a feature on its evolution. For now, I am only able to give you a listen to the most current product. Below is a recording of the song as performed at Bledfest.