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Biography

Late 90's instrumental rock side-project of Squidlaunch led by Dan Friel, now of Parts and Labor, in addition to his solo work (Ghost Town). Friel was the primary songwriter, though each piece quickly became a collaboration. Two other members of Squidlaunch completed the trio: Robert Barron played alto sax and Scott T. played drum set and didgeridoo. Reviews in zines such as HeartAttack likened Soren (as the band was usually called, often avoiding the full name since it was intended to poke fun at existentialist philosopher Kierkegaard by lumping his name in with borderline random adjectives) to more experimental rock and psych rock bands, such as The Flying Luttenbachers and Blowhole. Soren combined songs that merged hardcore, punk, and avant-rock with washes of layered interplay between guitar and drums, often with the alto sax providing fragments of melody or further layers of Ayler-Zorn type noise. Soren performed a handful of shows over a few years, playing with bands such as Lightning Bolt, Devoid of Faith, and a pre-battles band led by Tyondai Braxton. After a super-mini-tour of New England and the Mid-Atlantic in the early summer of 1998, Ethan Tufts, Squidlaunch's primary drummer , filled in while Scott T. studied at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and DJ'ed on 95bfm. Soren's final show was in 1999 at Flywheel in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, opening for UK trumpet and drums duo Spaceheads.

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