Squid The Whale

"We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Detroit scene."

If this band hasn’t grabbed your attention yet, I hope they get it after you read the following interview. Squid The Whale is a band hailing from Detroit, Michigan. They are full of pure talent and extraordinary drive. It takes a lot of hard work to make it in the music industry, but I believe Squid The Whale has all of the right components to dive right in. Members Robert Weber (vocals), Brandon Kubiac (guitar), Daniel Jay (bass), and Jonathan Wagoner (drums), have all come together with one goal in mind: Become the band that you can’t stop listening to. I recently interviewed bassist, Daniel Jay, and learned of the plans the band has in the coming future, including a big tour. Be sure to check out their dates because I wouldn’t want to miss a chance to see these guys play.

Q. How did you form the band?

A. Jon used to jam with an old friend of his for a while. One day, they decided to get serious and recruited Brandon, who recruited Rob, who then asked me (Daniel) if I would like to be a part of it all. It was kind of like a chain reaction. After a while of playing as a five-piece, we lost one member and decided to change our direction, our style, and our name.

Q. Hailing from Detroit, MI, do you feel like there is a lot of opportunity there for unsigned bands?

A. Detroit is a good area for local music. There are a wide array of genres and multiple venues and they like catering to all of the different styles and crowds. As of late, there has been quite a decent amount of bands from this area blowing up. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Detroit scene.

Q. What are some of the things the band hopes for in 2011?

A. We have already started writing a little bit to gear up for a full-length. We are taking our time with this one. We want this next release to blow everyone’s socks off of their mind. We still plan on playing shows both locally and nationally. Essentially, we are just going to work and push harder to become heard.

Q. If you could play any venue, which one would you dream to play in?

A. For me, personally, I would like CBGB to open back up and have a huge show and have us play. A lot of my favorite bands and biggest influences have played there and I could only dream of being on that stage, although, I did use the toilet there once. That alone, was an experience.

Q. What musicians do you look up to?

A. As far as the band goes, as a whole, we gather influence from a wide array of musicians. I am fairly positive each member draws inspiration from a different genre than other members. I personally look up to musicians such as Peter Hook, Willy Graves, Chris Barker, and Mark Hoppus. If it wasn’t for those guys, I probably wouldn’t even have considered playing bass.

Q. What is one show you’ve played that you look back on as one of your best shows?

A. I am sure each of us has a different idea on what a great show is, but I would have to say our best show was a few months ago in Flint, MI at Woobie’s. It was with our friends You, Me, and Everyone We Know. The crowd was very close and I feel that we performed very well and it was just overall a great show. Good vibes all around.

Q. How do you feel about the record industry today? Do you feel like there are a lot of advantages for underground bands?

A. One of the main advantages underground bands have now that they didn’t have before is the utilization of social networking. It is a lot harder to get your name out there without the use of the internet. Things aren’t the same as they used to be. Kids no longer go to their local music stores and check out the local section or glance at the flyers all stapled to the bulletin boards. The downfall to social networking, though, is that since it is so easy to get your name out there, it almost seems as though there are too many bands out there. Thus, making the local scene seem almost watered down and oversaturated.

Q. What are some bands you can’t stop listening to these days?

A. Well, here is what is on my playlist; Fugazi, Pavement, The Hold Steady, Gatsby’s American Dream, Anarbor, You, Me, and Everyone We Know, and New Order.

Q. If you could pick three other bands to start a tour with, who do you think would make great tour partners?

A. I think everyone else could agree with me that there should be a Squid the Whale, Bayside, Gatsby’s American Dream, and The Movielife tour. MAKE IT HAPPEN, WORLD!

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Bring only one of MY songs? Oh, dear. It would have to be Melbourne, Australia. The song has a variety of parts that won’t drive me stir crazy from redundancy after continuously listening to it. It also has our good friend Andy Pandy singing on it and who doesn’t love that man’s voice?

Here is their song, “Achors” off of their latest EP.

The End.

  1. Many many quality pinots there.

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