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2023-05-26 NT - Squid Share new single 'The Blades'

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2023 22:50    Post subject: 2023-05-26 NT - Squid Share new single 'The Blades'

Taken from Northern Transmissions (May 26, 2023)

Squid Share new single "The Blades"

by Northern Transmissions

Squid photo by Alex Kurunis
Squid photo by Alex Kurunis

Squid release their new album, O Monolith, on June 9th via via Warp. Ahead of the album's arrival, the UK act have shared album track, "The Blades," along with a nusic video directed by Kasper Häggström (Radiohead, Kelly Lee Owens, Lindstrøm), which features British actress Charlotte Ritchie (You, Fresh Meat, Ghosts).

Similarly to Squid, Häggström's work blurs the lines between high-concept philosophies and the humdrum of domesticity. His video for "The Blades" sees its protagonist, played by Ritchie, locked in a Kafka-esque nightmare as she sits ludicrously at the back of an imaginary queue in an empty waiting room due to a mischievous child's prank. The passage of time and cruel absurdity of the situation triggers an out of body experience and release before returning to her Sisyphean plight.

Produced by Dan Carey, mixed by John McEntire (Tortoise) and recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, O Monolith tackles themes and issues such as environmental peril, morality and English folklore. It is expansive, evocative and hugely varied, retaining Squid's restless, enigmatic spirit, and a reflection of the outsized progression of a band always looking to the future. "We're quite a musically stubborn band, and in an endearing way it's a stubborn record," says Judge.

Judge credits "The Blades" as his favorite Squid song thus far. "It's a lot more vulnerable than stuff we've previously done, which can be quite a daunting thing. Dan Carey and I were talking about vocal delivery and how it would be good to not completely let myself go, and not fall back on shouting because it's more instantly gratifying. The end of the song is really soft and tender and I don't think we've done something like that before," comments Judge. "On the surface it's a song about police brutality with the last section kind of inspired by The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, although I've never read the book, I've just seen The Simpsons' spoof of it. Narratively it follows a police helicopter pilot's day, ending with him in bed hearing another pilot circling the skies as if he were taunting him. There's a deeper meaning in there somewhere of my fear of ego, but I'm still working out which bit of the song that's coming from."

Pre-order O Monolith by Squid HERE

Squid 2023 Tour Dates

Sat. June 10 - Brighton, UK @ Resident - instore

Sun. June 11 - Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade - instore

Mon. June 12 - Totnes, UK @ The Barrel House - Drift Records outstore

Tue. June 13 - Sheffield, UK @ Foundry Studio - Bear Tree Records outstore

Thu. June 14 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club - Crash Records outstore

Thu. June 15 - London, UK @ Rough Trade East - instore (early & late)

Fri. June 16 - Sun. June 18 - Wicklow, IE @ Beyond The Pale

Fri. June 30 - Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter

Sun. July 2 - Lars, DE @ Fusion

Fri. July 21 - Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling

Sat. July 22 - Oxfordshire, UK @ Truck Festival

Sat. Aug. 12 - Cornwall, UK @ Boardmasters

Wed. Aug. 16 - Portugal, ES @ Paredes De Coura

Fri. Aug. 18 - Brecon, WS @ Green Man

Fri. Aug. 24 - Torremolinos, ES @ Canela Party

Sat. Aug. 25 - La Tour-de-Peliz, CH @ Nox Orae

Sat. Sep. 2 - Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open

Tue. Sep. 5 - Cologne, DE @ Katine

Wed. Sep. 6 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal

Thu. Sep. 7 - Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

Fri. Sep. 8 - Utecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg ROnda

Sat. Sep. 9 - Hamburg, DE @ Knust

Mon. Sep. 11 - Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall

Tue. Sep. 12 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega

Wed. Sep. 13 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg

Fri. Sep. 15 - Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz

Sat. Sep. 16 - Zurich, CH @ Mascotte

Sun. Sep. 17 - Tronto, IT @ Poplar Festival

Tue. Sep. 19 - Milan, IT @ Santeria

Thu. Sep. 21 - Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apollo 2

Fri. Sep. 22 - Valencia, ES @ Jerusalem

Sat. Sep. 23 - Madrid, ES @ Sala Copérnico

Sun. Sep. 24 - Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey

Mon. Sep. 25 - Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre

Wed. Sep. 27 - Rouen, FR @ Le 106

Fri. Oct. 13 - Bristol, UK @ SWX

Sat. Oct. 14 - Bristol, UK @ SWX

Mon. Oct. 16 - Birmingham, UK @ Town Hall

Tue. Oct. 17 - Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds

Thu. Oct. 19 - Manchester, UK @ New Century

Sat. Oct. 21 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom

Sun. Oct. 22 - Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop

Wed. Nov. 1 - London, UK @ Troxy

Sat. Nov. 4 - Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves

Fri. Feb. 2 - Austin, TX @ The Parish

Sat. Feb. 3 - Dallas, TX @ Dada

Mon. Feb. 5 - Nashville, TN @ Basement East

Tue. Feb. 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Thu. Feb. 8 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Fri. Feb. 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Sat. Feb. 10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Wed. Feb. 14 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Thu. Feb. 15 - Montreal, QC @ SAT

Fri. Feb. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Sun. Feb. 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Mon. Feb. 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

Fri. Feb. 23 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall

Sat. Feb. 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre

Sun. Feb. 25 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Tue. Feb. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

Thu. Feb. 29 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Fri. March 1 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco

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