Hotly tipped post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon, Squid are back with their new Town Centre EP – out today with a vinyl edition to follow on 15 November via Speedy Wunderground (the first extended play record to be released by Dan Carey‘s legendary singles label).
Town Centre is a perfect distillation of everything the Brighton quintet – and brainchild of Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Louis Borlase (Guitars & Vocals), Arthur Leadbetter (Keyboards and cello), Laurie Nankivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars & Vocals) – have done so far, making good on the angular funk of ‘The Dial,’ the disco-punk of ‘Houseplants’ the ambitious songwriting of ‘Terrestrial Changeover Blues’ and through to their more ambient-leaning early work.
“The song is a story for us. One that feels like you’re on a movie set while the camera is rolling, but the lead actor has lost the plot and split his mind between those closest to him.”
Kicking off with the ambient sprawl of ‘Savage,’ Squid are instantly revelling in the uncertainty and ambiguity found in the searching out of ideas and have created something that feels meditative yet active, capturing their alluring chaos but presenting it in a totally different manner. Next up, the propulsive, guitar-led ‘Match Bet’ was written at Pearson’s parents house in Norfolk and spawned from an open tuning fingerpicking pattern that sparring partner, Borlase had been developing after being inspired by the Don Edwards track ‘Coyotes’ in Grizzly Man.
On ‘The Cleaner,’ Squid are at their angular best, the lyrics are inspired by moving to London and trying to adjust to the pace and lifestyle of the city. The track is bursting with ideas, and there’s a clear energy and determination within the band to embrace different musical styles, deftly. Town Centre closes with ‘Rodeo,’ a cinematic track that features an observational monologue from, Judge. Percussion and keys wunderkid, Leadbetter says of the track: “The song is a story for us. One that feels like you’re on a movie set while the camera is rolling, but the lead actor has lost the plot and split his mind between those closest to him.”
For Town Centre, the band once again team up with producer du jour Dan Carey and emerge with a powerful, intensely angular collection of songs that recall the finest corners of late ’70s post-punk alongside a propulsive motorik drive and glimmers of early noughties disco whilst expertly making it all their own.
“I love Squid so much,” says Carey. “To record with them is such a joy – the room is a sea of ideas and enthusiasm without any clashes of ego; every suggestion is given full attention. This, combined with their musicianship results in beautifully inventive music, underpinned by a hard steady groove and topped with lyrics that are important and surreal.”
Town Centre is out now. Vinyl follows via Speedy Wunderground on 15 November.
Upcoming Tour Dates
12 – All Our Tomorrows, 100 Club, London
13 – Leffingeleuren, Leffinge, Belgium
14 – Hop Pop Hop, Orléans, France
16 – Muziekodroom, Hasselt. Belgium
17 – Roodkapje, Rotterdam, Netherlands
18-21 – Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany
12 – Tenement Trail, Glasgow, UK
19 – Future Days, Birmingham, UK
19 – Simple Things, Bristol, UK
20 – Swn Festival, Cardiff, UK
21 – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, UK
22 – Yes, Manchester, UK
23 – The Picture House, Sheffield, UK
24 – Elsewhere, Margate, UK
25 – London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 – Tunbridge Wells Forum, Tunbridge Wells, UK
01 – Pitchfork Paris, Paris, France
06 – Village Underground, London, UK with Warmduscher
07 – Roundhouse, London, UK w/ Metronomy
08-09 – Primavera 20th Anniversary Weekender, Benidorm, Spain
10 – Sonic City, Kortrijk, Belgium
11 – 02 Academy Leeds, Leeds w/ Metronomy
13 – SWG3, Glasgow w/ Metronomy
16 – 02 Institute, Birmingham w/ Metronomy