As you all know, Giant Squid, preeminent oceanology-doom band, is no more. After releasing one of the best albums of their entire career, the musicians laid the project to a watery grave, promising only a handful of farewell shows to bid their longtime fans adieu. Thankfully, it seems Giant Squid have left us one final gift. Yesterday at around 3:00 pm, the band posted a multi-camera-shot, professionally edited recording of their final performance at the Complex in Glendale, CA on October 17th, 2015. You can now watch that footage, captured by Dave Poccuzzi and the pros at Sound Picture Studios, in full on YouTube.
The band made the announcement on Facebook as a final love letter to all the fans who’ve supported them over the years.
The footage itself is excellent, capturing Aaron Gregory and co. in a spirited set drawing from their final album Minoans with the title track and “Mycenaeans,” as well as shuffling in old favorites like “La Brea Tar Pits” and “Dead Man’s Fog.” Every musician was in top form, delivering a heartfelt performance and singing with genuine emotion and gratitude. I found myself entranced by Jackie Perez Gratz as she conjured every ounce of mournful longing from her cello during the nearly one-hour set. There’s a genuine feeling of completion, of satisfaction, and of accomplishment as the band celebrates their legacy, and it’s evident that the band’s ending is a bittersweet occasion.
From all your fans, thank you, Giant Squid, for this final show. Hopefully someday we’ll get to see you again with your daughter on stage.