Liberated Squid’s Double EP is the squashing together of Transit Love and Zombie Girl – two earlier EPs from this year. So now it’s a nine-track album – but still free to download via Bandcamp (name your price) or you can order the limited-ed. CD from there also – just click that link above.
Liberated Squid is Michael Baxter’s Tauranga-based one-man-band homage to old-fashioned punk. It’s all very DIY then, and the lyrics are filled with humour. You’ll hear little references to the Ramones, The Jam and ideas probably subconsciously lifted from The Damned, The Undertones, The Ruts.
It’s good fun.
The lyrics try a little bit too hard at times – and there’s a fine line between anger and misogyny which Baxter seems content to all but piss on. You can look past it due to the intended absurdity of something like Zombie Girl, its premise almost daring Baxter to be as sick as he can, but later Living In Sin reaches a bit far with telling a “bitch” to fuck off.
That said, I laughed along with Parking Warden # 62 where the “blood sucking leach” is also told he’s, “a ginger-haired cunt”. He’s also a ferret-faced freak, a dickhead and is roundly told to fuck off. Not aiming for a Pulitzer then – but is the sort of letter a lot of people have probably wanted to write.
Gabba Gabba Hey sounds like Rancid ripping through a Ramones pastiche – and that’s quite okay. WTF and TMS close off the album with nice little hints of pop melody inside the simple two and three-chord riffage, TMS stabs the Tauranga Music Scene through its heart by calling it lame and – sadly using the homophobic – gay.
It’s another example of where in aiming for anger Liberated Squid comes off as being that little bit backwater – slightly ironic given the aims of the lyrical venting.
I like hearing these home-studio attempts. There’s plenty in here that will remind old punks of the pre-Green Day glory daze. And that’s a good thing, of course.