NEW ALBUM : SQUID RELEASE LONG AWAITED DEBUT ALBUM BRIGHT GREEN FIELD // WARP RECORDS

PHOTO CREDIT // HOLLY WHITAKER             

PRAISE FOR BRIGHT GREEN FIELD

“Nothing short of immaculate …” GIGWISE / 10*

“A debut for the ages …” THE LINE OF BEST FIT / 10*

“An uncompromising debut that fulfils every ounce of the band’s potential …” NME / 5*

“In a time of crippling uncertainty, their ambitious record is, in itself, an absolute tonic …” MOJO / 10*

“Narrator locks into a hyper-groove, melding glistening melodies with agitated noise, with the rest of Bright Green Field swinging between wild abandon and thoughtful restraint …” UNCUT / 9*

Striking the balance between chaos and cohesion, BRIGHT GREEN FIELD, the debut album from SQUID, throws caution to the wind with its feral experimentation and breakneck urgency. But, above all, it delivers on the promise of their legendary live performances; their dynamic, wild and unfettered creativity which has cemented SQUID as British music’s revolutionaries.

While their previous smattering of EPs and singles delved playfully into the mania of the mundane and were wildly celebrated – their seminal Town Centre EP was described by Pitchfork as “a declaration of limitlessness” – BRIGHT GREEN FIELD is a clean slate. A collection of previously unheard tracks that underline just how limitless SQUID really are; always propelled, in the words of guitarist Anton Pearson, “by the urgency of something new”.

Recorded in the basement studio of producer Dan Carey (Black Midi, Fontaines DC, Kate Tempest) in the midst of a heatwave, the album is also a testament to collaboration. Drawing on the otherworldly Martha Skye Murphy on the funk-driven forerunner Narrator that unravels into frenetic anarchy, the band unearth new and surprising dimensions. The release of was accompanied by their mind-bending, first ever video, directed by Felix Green.

BRIGHT GREEN FIELD features field recordings of ringing church bells, tooting bees, microphones swinging from the ceiling orbiting a room of guitar amps, a distorted choir of 30 voices, as well as a horn and string ensemble featuring the likes of Emma-Jean Thackray and Lewis Evans from Black Country, New Road.

The record draws not only on a barrel of sonic influences – feverish post-punk to cosmic-jazz – but also a library’s worth of literary influences. Every aspect of this record has been precision-engineered to feed into SQUID’s carefully considered concepts. After reading Douglas Coupland’s belief that we’re living in the Extreme Present, and Mark Fisher and Merlin Coverley’s writings on Hauntology and the slow cancellation of the future, the group turned to crafting a dystopian and futurist landscape reflective of the one we live in.

BRIGHT GREEN FIELD is an album of towering scope and ambition, it is deeply considered, paced and intricately constructed. With all band members playing such a vital and equal role, the album is very much the product of five heads operating as one.

Following the recent announcements of the band’s socially distanced Fieldworks tour this Spring, the rescheduled 2020 dates in July, the album tour in the autumn, and their first ever headline tour of the USA in November, SQUID have now also been confirmed to perform on Later with Jools Holland on FRIDAY 21 MAY at 10pm on BBC Two.

Formed in Brighton SQUID is the brainchild of:

  • LOUIS BORLASE (guitar and vocals)
  • OLLIE JUDGE (drums and lead vocals)
  • ARTHUR LEADBETTER (keyboards, strings and percussion)
  • LAURIE NANKIVELL (bass and brass)  
  • ANTON PEARSON (guitars and vocals)

FIELDWORKS TOUR

MAY 2021

Wed       19           FALMOUTH                           Cornish Bank

Thu         20           TOTNES                                  St Mary’s

Sat          22           BRISTOL                                 Cube *

Wed       26           CHIPPENHAM                       Old Road Tavern *

Fri           28           HULL                                      Adelphi *

JUNE 2021

Tue         01           SHEFFIELD                             Leadmill

Thu         03           MANCHESTER                       Stoller Hall *

Sat          05           LONDON                               Silver Building *

Mon        07           NORWICH                             Halls

Wed       09           BEXHILL ON SEA                   De La Warr Pavilion

Sat          12           MARGATE                              Cliftonville Hall

* Two shows back to back

RESCHEDULED 2020 TOUR

JULY 2021

Mon        12           BRIGHTON                             Chalk

Tue         13           SOUTHAMPTON                   Joiners

Wed       14           OXFORD                                 Bullingdon

Thu         15           LONDON                               Scala

Sat          17           MANCHESTER                       White Hotel

Sun         18           HEBDEN BRIDGE                  Trades Club

Mon        19           EDINBURGH                          Summerhall

Tue         20           YORK                                      Crescent

Mon        26           BIRMINGHAM                      Castle & Falcon

Tue         27           BEDFORD                               Esquires

Wed       28           NORWICH                             Arts Centre

 

BRIGHT GREEN FIELD HEADLINE TOUR

SEPTEMBER 2021 

Tue         07           BRIGHTON                             Concorde 2

Thu         09           BRISTOL                                 Marble Factory

Fri           10           MANCHESTER                       Albert Hall

Thu         23           LONDON                               Printworks

Fri           24           BIRMINGHAM                      Crossing

Sat          25           NOTTINGHAM                      Rock City

Mon       27           NEWCASTLE                          NUSU

Tue         28           GLASGOW                             SWG3

Wed       29           BELFAST                                 Empire

Thu         30           DUBLIN                                  Button Factory 

OCTOBER 2021

Sun         03           CARDIFF                                 Tramshed

Mon        04           SOUTHAMPTON                   The 1865

Tue         05           EXETER                                   Phoenix

BRIGHT GREEN FIELD track listing:

  • Resolution Square
  • G.S.K
  • Narrator feat. Martha Skye Murphy
  • Boy Racers
  • Paddling
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • 2010
  • The Flyover
  • Peel St
  • Global Groove
  • Pamphlets

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