Chance connections have led to the formation of the musically diverse Los Angeles-located rock band Squid Cult. When Daniel Talton (guitar, vocals), Karter Mycroft (bass, keys), Csongor Erdélyi (lead guitar), and Max Pretzer (drums, vocals) first met, they found out that they had all been denizens of the basement show circuit in Bloomington, Indiana.
Their serendipitous meeting in LA and their similar influences led to the creation of Squid Cult and debut single Baby Blue. The track was inspired by the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and is about rebirth. The rambling melody materialized from a dream that Talton experienced, and emotions of isolation and hope run through the song.
On Baby Blue, low-key to sweeping guitars, an elastic bass line, kinetic drum beat and crashing cymbals swirl around direct vocals that wander off into wistfulness at the ends of the phrases. It’s an angular, changing-tempos track that could fit comfortably in the American alternative ‘90s canon, as well as today’s resurgence of straight-forward indie rock with something to say.
Written by: Jen Dan