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Squid to record brand new Record Store Day release live from Metropolis Studios

Squid live to vinyl for Record Store Day 2021
  • The live to vinyl session will be broadcast on The Steve Lamacq Show on BBC Radio 6 Music as part of Record Store Day’s official launch event 
  • The recording is set to be fast-tracked onto the presses by Sound Performance and released for the Record Store Day Drop on 17th July

At 5pm on Wednesday 7th April, Squid are set to take part in an exciting and extraordinary live to vinyl recording challenge. The Bristol experimental band will be recording two new songs onto a two track EP, live and direct to vinyl at Metropolis Studios and BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq show is giving fans the chance to listen in on this unique live performance.

Recording ‘live to vinyl’ is the original process that artists used to record music for public consumption. There’s no modern technology, it’s simply playing and recording the songs in one take. In today’s digital age, the art of capturing music live to vinyl has long been forgotten, but Metropolis have recreated the experience using their unique cutting lathes.

Part of the magic of recording music live to vinyl in this way is that Squid must get it right first time. Throw in the added pressure of an audience listening live at home via BBC 6 Music, this is a recording moment unlike any other in recent history.

This special event is taking place as part of this year’s Record Store Day launch celebrations. Once recorded, these live tracks are set to be fast tracked onto the presses by Sound Performance and fans will be able to get a copy on 12” vinyl exclusively from independent record stores on Saturday 17th July.

Arthur from Squid, said ahead of the recordings “We’ve been busying ourselves away on some scores, arranging orchestral versions of two of our favourite tracks from Bright Green Field. The process is the same as ever, starting off with no clue of what we’re doing, stumbling along together, each inputting our ideas into the music until it starts to take shape. We're so excited and also quite terrified to release this little gem for Record Store Day 2021.”

Not only does the live radio broadcast of this event make this an unparalleled moment in recording history, but the studio and band are also navigating extraordinary social distancing measures due to COVID-19. Gavin Newman, from Metropolis Studios said “as you would expect, Metropolis has had to go above and beyond Covid protocols over the last 12 months in order to operate effectively and support our incredible roster of clients. Being able to provide that safe platform from which artists can create, perform and broadcast has been overwhelming. We sincerely hope that this live to vinyl experience with our friends at RSD, Warp Records, Sound Performance and BBC 6 Music will help kickstart the wider live community with a newfound confidence for the year ahead".

Record Store Day is the annual event which celebrates the unique culture of independent record stores. This year, more than 240 shops in the UK will be taking part in all corners of the country, as thousands more celebrate around the globe. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 edition of the event will take place across two separate Drop Dates on Saturday 12th June and Saturday 17th July. BBC Sounds, who are the official media partners of Record Store Day, will be airing Squid’s live to vinyl performance between 5-6pm on BBC 6 Music.


About Record Store Day

Record Store Day is the annual celebration of independent record shop culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the event and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. There are over 240 shops participating in the UK with thousands celebrating around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. In 2021, Record Store Day will take place on Saturday 12th June and 17th July.

About Squid

Squid’s debut album Bright Green Field, already one of 2021’s most highly anticipated albums, produced by Dan Carey, will be released 7th May via Warp Records. Bright Green Field is an album of towering scope and ambition, it is deeply considered, paced and intricately constructed. With all band members playing such a vital and equal role, this album is very much the product of five heads operating as one.

About Metropolis

Originally built in 1901, The Power House was made to power the trams of West London before being decommissioned in the 1920s. It was redeveloped and launched as Metropolis Studios in 1989, quickly establishing itself as one of the major recording studios in Europe and home to the best mix and mastering engineers in the world. Facilities include state-of-the-art tracking studios, mix studios, mastering studios and a series of dynamic writing and production rooms. For three decades, artists have been coming to Metropolis Studios to capture recordings and translate their ideas to connect with fans all over the world.

About Sound Performance

Sound Performance was established in 1994 and is a market leader manufacturing vinyl, CD, box sets, print and packaging for the music industry. Based in Greenwich, London we are proud to work with many of the UK’s leading record labels and bands. We also have an office in New York working with USA record labels for local manufacturing needs. Our group includes The Flood Gallery, a pop and music culture publisher and retailer and Transistor Music.