Squid City | Welcome to Squid City

Squid City – Welcome to Squid City

Contributing Writer – Garret K. Woodward


Bubbling out of Vermont with a unique and playful blend of jazz-fusion and prog-rock, Squid City (formerly That Toga Band), recently opened up their mental doors to the world with their latest offering, Welcome to Squid City.

The 11-instrumental tracks, whose album cover was created by famed artist David Powell (the man behind the design for The Allman Brothers Band’s Eat a Peach), breathe life into the listener’s soul with such an embracing tone, one feels soaked to the bone in the rhythms generated with such ease and emotion.

It is as if you are swimming alone in the ocean. These are the sounds radiating from the majestic heavens above and unknown depths below. Your body floats at the mercy of the carefree current pushing you along. You are at peace. You are safe. As long as you hold your head up, you will be guided into the open, into the abyss.

The trio (Thomas Pearo – bass, Tyler George-Minetti – guitar/lap steel, Anthony Kareckas, drums) seamlessly combines forces into a melody bigger than any individual endeavor.

They harness an energy all too easily lost in mankind, which is love.

“There are so many people out there who are scared of the term love,” Pearo said. “I want to show people that thru music, love can be shared in a way that is not experienced everyday. We strive to heal the sick with our music, to make people dance, laugh, listen and cry. This is what you can experience with Squid City, if you want to.”

Squid City will be performing at the Langdon Street Café in Montpelier, Vermont on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.

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