A few days after Techno-Squid Eats Parliament played an Amnesty
International benefit in Boston in front of Tower Records (Sunday
April 30), the group had its van broken into. Everything in the
vanincluding their equipment and moneywas stolen. The thieves even
tried to steal the van, but couldn't manage that. If you think the
equipment stolen consisted of drum machines and synths, think again.
Techno-Squid Eats Parliament may sound like a trance or techno act,
but it isn't. Drummer Shayne Gray describes their sound as "Crowded
House meets the Replacements with Gang of Four and Buzzcocks thrown
in." It's a classic two guitars, bass, and drums combo. Their debut
album was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, produced by John
Hampton (Gin Blossoms, Replacements). The group was signed by former
Big Star member Jody Stephens, who is now an A&R exec at Ardent
Records. The band, which hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, are pissed
that people have the wrong idea about their music. "They file us under
Parliament or techno in the record stores," said Gray. "Makes me feel
like wringing someone's neck."
Gray said that some Little Rock bands are holding a benefit to raise
money to replace the stolen equipment. Ho-Hum, Stink Horn, and
Marigold are playing May 22 at "the coolest club in Little Rock,"
which is called Vino's. Anyone wishing to make contact with the band
can do so by sending e-mail to: