Greeley based band The Squid Kids is a beautiful conglomerate of Northern Colorado talents. They blend a lovely mix of genres with music that makes you think but can also dance to. They bring a high energy performance that leaves you wanting more every time they step on stage. The bands love for many different genres of music shows in their unique sound melding hip-hop, rock, and other various styles of music spattered in between giving The Squid Kids a familiar sound but a fresh take unlike any other out there now. Although the full hip hop band is nothing new, the way they do it is wholehearted. They put on no airs of grandeur with songs that are simple and honest. This is what appeals to music lovers as they make no attempt to be anything other than themselves on stage. The band’s easy grooves lay down nicely under the Duran’s poignant and relatable lyrics creating a down-to-earth feeling that most bands are unable to produce.
The Squid kids got their start in 2008 when drummer Tomas Martinez and vocalist Will Duran were working on a music project called Grape and Skunk which consisted of produced beats with the vocals being done by Will Duran. The duo also started working with Carlos Gutierrez on guitar, who they had previously played with in a high school hardcore band. With Tomas on drums, Carlos on guitar, and Will on vocals, they laid down the structure for things to come. They immediately knew this was going to be something big and proceeded to contact close friends who they knew would be interested in the new found project. They finished their first song that night and threw a house party to debut the track they had just finished with great success to a packed house of friends and acquaintances. Through the years they had lost and gained members but for the most part the core has remained the same. Later adding Hector Lopez on rhythm guitar and after a fall out with their previous bass player picked up Chris Manichanh to round out the group.
The Squid Kids have shared the stage with local and national acts such as Air Dubai, Nappy Roots, Bus Driver, and many more. Very involved in the Northern Colorado music scene they have gained many loyal fans even getting write ups in the local Bandwagon Magazine. They have also played many venues around Colorado and plan on expanding further out of state to reach a larger audience. They have recorded some songs but are in the works of recording a full EP and are planning on a release in fall or early winter.
These guys are yet more proof that a band can do big things even in a small town. All it takes is some dedication, lots of practice, and gigging wherever there is room to play. Make sure to check them out when you get a chance, they are ever evolving and only plan to get better