Techno-Squid Eats Parliament's Equipment Stolen

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: