Shoey's, mosh pitting, profanities, 45 minutes of pure entertainment against a screen of transitioning images, and splashes of red and green-hued lights in the background is what you can expect from a Squid the Kid show. If we had to summarize the experience in one word, it's cathartic.
Supporting his set was a line-up of Melbourne stars ranging from the sweetly seductive Julia Lostrom, the spicy r.em.edy, artistic Mr Congo, and charged-up Dan Dib, to name a few. Moments of sway were met with hype moments, leaving the disappointment radar at a clean zero as the crowd stood alert and attentive throughout the show. Every act showed up and SHOWED OUT before the show's main star took over at Fitzroy's most beloved home of Hip Hop, Laundry Bar.
As cliche as this may sound, Squid the Kid is a must-see! His character is alluring, unbothered, nonchalant to criticism, yet authentic throughout the show. His admirable confidence pairs well with his uplifting energy. He displays an advantage with his ability to fuse genres, creating a craft with an instant appeal to listeners. Stage presence is another thing; he has the power to expand to international waters. That's how infectious he is! Squid the Kid is destined to conquer the world, one city at a time! It quickly becomes apparent that the city of Melbourne is way too small for this significant act.
When his vans hit the stage, Squid captivates his audience with high-energy engagement, performing classics such as Lazy as F*ck and presenting new material with his Destiny's Child-influenced track Cater.
Cater is a modern-day love letter overflowing with a eurythmic chorus and an outstanding visual directed by Nick Rae. Squid the Kid is a certified lover boy, paying homage to 2004 hit Cater 2 U with his own twist of serenading sing-rapping. Softly filtered ad libs caress Squids controlled Hip-Hop melody.
The setlist was perfectly arranged, with each track demonstrating Squid's ability of speed rapping, playful hooks, laid-back rhythm, and versatility. All the essentials that create a great artist.
The crowd refused to stand still during Squid's performance! Hands were lifted, bodies were vibing, songs were sung along to and phone flashlights were shining while a phenomenal show was delivered. Impressive was the evening theme, with Squid the Kid providing constant bursts of energy without a break in between. He kept the momentum and dabbled in covers with the crowd singing along to Katy Perry's TGIF. However, it wasn't long until he jumped back into his own magic with effortless bars, instrumental breaks, and an encore begged by delightfully rowdy viewers.
Do you know the excitement you get when watching a man tornado down a cold bottle of beer? That's the essence of Squid; observing him quenches one's thirst for excitement as he intertwines a lyrical adventure with aural satisfaction... he's a 10 without the buts, especially to witness.
His presence is where intimate meets magnifying power; it's the type worthy of an arena performance - one IYCM is keen to witness in the future.