MONSTER IN THE CREEK (2005 original release, 2013 CD/DVD reissue)
In 2013, Translation Loss Records released an ultimate CD/DVD edition of Giant Squid's 2005, long lost EP - Monster in the Creek. The original release was limited to only 400 CD-Rs, with home made, hand numbered packaging. This new edition will contain never before heard pre-production demos featuring Giant Squid's explosive first drummer, Dave Reynolds, as well as many live recordings from the earliest days of this material. The included DVD will include never seen before studio footage from the recording of the album and loads of live footage from this era. The album's title and theme is inspired by the historic shark attacks in Matawan Creek, NJ, in 1916.
Monster in the Creek marks the strange era between the band's two different versions of their landmark, world debut album, Metridium Fields. Following the original self release of that album, Andy Southard joined the band on keys, relieving original member Aurielle Zeitler of the position, allowing her to take to full time guitar duties. This massive shift in dynamics had very interesting results, producing the most indie-rock like, keyboard driven material of the band's career. To be clear, while down-tuned, fuzzed out guitar riffs abound - other than the presence of an early version of fan favorite song, "Throwing a Donner Party", later revisited on The Ichthyologist - there is very little that could qualify as "metal" on this release. Still, Giant Squid's highly emotive, epic song writing is present in spades, rich with sheer walls of melodic interplay, and massive vocal performances by all three of the band's singers at that time. The band's love and inspiration from indie-artists such as Black Heart Procession, Pleasure Forever, Unwound, and Gillian Welch, has never been more apparent than on this release.
The album, engineered and produced by Eric Broyhill (Chk Chk Chk, Far), was recorded mostly live, and entirely analog to 16 track, 2" tape, strictly using analog outboard gear for all effects and sonic manipulations, and then mixed completely analog to half inch tape, before being mastered digitally by Broyhill. The rich, organic sound that resulted from this process, will lend itself well to a vinyl release, slated for 2015, celebrating the ten year anniversary of the album.
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"...the title track and “Dead Man’s Fog” stand as harbingers of Giant Squid’s creative explosion that would come four years later with The Ichthyologist. Without indulging in the exotic elements that would characterize their more current releases, Giant Squid create a surprisingly fresh-sounding album despite remaining mostly within the boundaries of traditional songwriting." - sputnikmusic.com
"The great thing about this release is its genre-defying diversity. While largely rooted in atmospheric rock, they shows influence of metal, prog, electronic music and even a hint of jazz." - metal-archives.com
"The music is outstanding. I would be hard pressed to describe it. But the recording is engineered to give a heavy sense of space and echo to the songs, and the songs vary from slower balladic songs ("Age of Accountability") to Hell raisers such as "Throwing a Donner Party." The latter would not be out of place on any top-notch metal release, while the former could sort of fit into a Bauhaus/ Echo kind of niche. All of which means these folks are not stuck in a single style of music. And one of the great benefits to this disc is to hear some of these songs played as they were originally conceived, as they were recorded, and as they were played live- interesting to see how the dynamics change in each version. I highly recommend this." - seaoftranquility.org