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UK band Squid perform a session for From The Basement

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“From The Basement” was created to document the musical progression that derives from risk taking, especially for acts climbing the ascent of acclaim like Squid. Started as a passion project between Godrich and film producer James Chads, it was sparked by the few opportunities for acts on mainstream British television, specifically chances for left of field artists to be introduced to new audiences. “I definitely agree with that sentiment,” adds Judge. “In the 1990s there were shows like ‘The Tube’ and just far more opportunities for bands. Now it’s like a session on ‘Sunday Brunch,’ maybe ‘Soccer AM,’ or ‘Jools Holland,’ which is really difficult to get onto.” 

What “From The Basement” also signaled in the early 2000s, as Borlase puts it, is “the unique performance of our time: the internet session.” As fans, shows like “From The Basement,” as well as the newer KEXP, are regularly on the watchlist of Squid’s members. Recorded away from the crowd-created energy of a live show, such sessions offer a chance to watch acts of intrigue “with binoculars,” describes Borlase. This format leans into music fans’ snooping tendencies after all, like the way Judge will tune in “to see what gear people use, how many people are in the band and who plays what,” he says. “It’s good for music nerds to understand their favorite bands a little bit. To see everything.”

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