Squid are back with their first music of 2020, their widescreen new single ‘Sludge’ also marks the band's first release on Warp Records since signing in late 2019.
Listen now - https://squid.ffm.to/sludge
Richly percussive and sonically evolving, on ‘Sludge’ the quintet not only open up their sound, but they do so without abandoning the experimentation and playfulness that made them such an exciting prospect when they burst on the scene just over a year ago.
Thematically, Squid’s previous releases have been more character driven - songs like ‘The Cleaner’, ‘Houseplants’ and ‘Match Bet’ all saw Squid looking at the people around them and how the world affected them - but on ‘Sludge’ we see the band in a more introspective state of mind; simultaneously seeking a wider commentary, but approaching it with an idiosyncratic precision and a playfulness that doesn’t allow it to become morose.
The musical thrust of ‘Sludge’ was initially conceived during a soundcheck whilst supporting seminal post-punk group Wire. For a band who have built so much of their reputation on their impeccable musical taste and incendiary live shows, it is a fitting way to begin this new chapter. The track sees the band team up again with recently-awarded ‘Producer Of The Year’ Dan Carey.
Squid rounded off a hugely successful 2019 with the news of their inclusion on BBC’s prestigious ‘Sound Of 2020’ longlist, their forthcoming UK tour has now completely sold out, but, for those who missed out on tickets, they are playing an extensive run of festival dates (full details below).
Squid are in a constant, energetic state of evolution which is reflected in the intense and infectious spectrum of sound contained in their propulsive songs. This wild and restless creativity points the way forward for a band with no limits on what they might do next. Keep an ear out for more releases due later this year.
Formed in Brighton, Squid is the brainchild of Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Louis Borlase (Guitars & Vocals), Arthur Leadbetter (Keyboards, Strings, Percussion), Laurie Nankivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars & Vocals).
Tue. April 14 - Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena with Foals
Fri. April 17 - Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique
Sat. May 16 - Leicester, UK @ Wide Eyed
Sun. May 17 - Dublin, IE @ Eastbound
Sat. May 23 - Dartington, UK @ Sea Change Festival
Sun. May 24 - Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique
Sat. May 30 - Neustelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
Wed. June 3 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Fri. June 5 - London, UK @ Wide Awake Festival
Fri. June 12 - Sun. June 14 - Bergen, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Fri. June 12 - Sun. June 14 - Helsinki, FI @ Sideways Festival
Sun. June 28 - Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury (CANCELLED)
Wed. July 1 - Roskilde, DE @ Roskilde Festival
Sat. July 4 - Belfort, FR @ Eurockeennes
Wed. July 22 - London, UK @ Scala (RESCHEDULED)
Thu. Aug 6 - Haldern Rees, DE @ Haldern Pop
Mon. Aug 10 - Prague, CZ @ Underdogs
Wed. Aug 12 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Skybar
Fri. Aug 14 - Oya, SE @ Oya Festivalen
Wed. Aug. 19 - Sun. Aug. 23 - Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura
Mon. Aug. 24 - Brighton, UK @ Chalk (RESCHEDULED)
Tue. Sept. 1 - Bedford, UK @ Bedford Esquires (RESCHEDULED)
Thu. Sept. 3 - Southampton, UK @ Joiners (RESCHEDULED)
Thu. Sept. 3 - Sun. Sept. 6 - Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
Tue. Sept. 8 - Birmingham, UK @ Castle and Falcon (RESCHEDULED)
Wed. Sept. 9 - York, UK @ The Crescent (RESCHEDULED)
Thu. Sept. 10 - Hebden Bridge, UK @ The Trades Club (RESCHEDULED)
Sat. Sept. 12 - Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel (matinee) (RESCHEDULED)
Sat. Sept. 12 - Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel (evening) (RESCHEDULED)
Sun. Sept. 13 - Edinburgh, UK @ Summerhall (RESCHEDULED)
Mon. Sept. 14 - Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny (RESCHEDULED)
Wed. Sept. 16 - Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre (RESCHEDULED)
Thu. Nov. 5 - Reykjavík, IS @ Iceland Airwaves