“We’ve never wanted to come across like we’re doing things properly”: How Squid overcame imposter syndrome to develop a mesmerizing post-punk guitar sound

Squid's Anton Pearson and Louis Borlase (Image credit: Burak Cingi/Redferns)

Squid are one of the UK’s most forward-thinking guitar groups, but when their guitar-playing multi-instrumentalist Louis Borlase talks about his earliest influences, a surprising name comes up. “I was obsessed with Bryan Adams for a while,” Louis says. “In school I performed Run To You in front of the year group, which is probably my musical highlight to date.”

Total Guitar’s self-depreciation detector is sounding, but Louis’ modesty is welcome nevertheless. In the last couple of years, he and his bandmates – fellow guitarist Anton Pearson, singer/drummer Ollie Judge, keyboardist Arthur Leadbetter and bassist Laurie Nankivell – have made the ascension from niche club venues like Brixton’s Windmill to outdoor festival stages such as Glastonbury. 

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Stan Bull

Stan is a Production Editor and writer for Total Guitar, a publication that he has been reading since the age of 10, which is partly responsible for his enduring love of the instrument. He also works for Computer Music and Future Music magazines, and has written for a number of Bristol-based blogs and zines since graduating from the University of South Wales in 2015. Stan is an alternative music enthusiast and has played in a number of indie bands, though he dreams of one day having a picking hand fast enough to form a death metal group. Wish him luck.