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Giant Squid was known as Namor for about a year, following a lengthy run as a punk/reggae band called Koi. Ampullae of Lorenzini and Revolution in the Water were written when the band was playing as Koi, as was another classic Giant Squid track, Neonate. All of which were so stylistically removed from Koi's progressive punk sound, that the band felt it a good time to change our name along with our entire musical direction, something many of us had been itching to do for a while.

As Namor, we released these two songs on about 100 hand packaged CD-Rs locally in Sacramento, very few of which are still in known existence, even amongst us band members and our friends. The CD was covered in a sticker with a Moby Dick related illustration, and was packaged with a simple black folded cover in a plastic slip pouch.

We used this two song EP to get the attention of producer, Billy Anderson, and secured him to record a full length album, again featuring these two songs. The band went in to the studio to record Metridium Field still known as Namor. The actual 2" tapes from the sessions still had Namor written on the boxes. At sometime during the lengthy recording of that record, the band changed the name to Giant Squid, to avoid any hassle that could arise later due to our moniker being lifted from a well known Marvel Comics superhero, especially as rumor of a Namor movie being in the works started to circulate.

All members in the band at this time came over from Koi. Dave Reynolds and Bill Hughes, both featured on this EP, also played on Koi's CD, Tropic of Carmichael, along with founding members, Bryan and Aaron of course. Aurielle joined shortly after that album's release. After the Namor EP, Dave left the band, and Jason Divincenzo came in to record Metridium Field. Dave actually came and went in the band's history several times through out all of its incarnations, and was even around much later on for a short stint during the writing of the Monster in the Creek material.

This is the first time these first versions of what would later become staple Giant Squid songs, have ever been revealed and made available since late 2002. We hope you all enjoy them for their unique place in our band's history.

Recorded September 8th and 22nd, 2002, at Pus Cavern Studios, Sacramento, CA.
Engineered, mixed, mastered by Joe Johnston.
Produced by Namor and Joe Johnston.


released October 1, 2002



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GIANT SQUID San Francisco, California

San Francisco, progressive doom-rock, scientists, GIANT SQUID, have been wielding palatial vocals and enormous waves of cello, keys, and exotic sludge riffs for over ten years, garnering universal critical acclaim from all over the world. Marine biology and historic tragedy metaphorically collide into heartbreaking stories of human loss; producing unexpectedly emotional and sincere heavy music. ... more

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