NEW EP : Squid / Near The Westway 12″



Earlier this year SQUID took part in an extraordinary live to vinyl recording challenge. In one take, the band recorded two songs for a two track EP entitled NEAR THE WESTWAY, live and direct to vinyl at Metropolis Studios, and Steve Lamacq from BBC 6 Music was there to listen and play it out on his show. A limited run of the EP was first available as part of Record Store Day which, not surprisingly, sold out immediately. SQUID can now announce a further run of NEAR THE WESTWAY is now available via Warp Records here:

Arthur Leadbetter from SQUID said ahead of the session: “We’d been busying ourselves away on some scores, arranging orchestral versions of two of our favourites from Bright Green Field. The process was the same as ever, starting off with no clue of what we’re doing, stumbling along together and putting our ideas into the music until it starts to take shape.

NEAR THE WESTWAY sees SQUID reimagine 2010 and DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER from their acclaimed debut album BRIGHT GREEN FIELD which came out in May and is probably the weirdest album to reach #4 in official UK Album Chart in a long time – testament to the avid fan base they have been building over recent years with their incendiary live shows and high-octane releases. For this recording, the band brought in additional horns and string players to develop arrangements which have become heavily influenced by legendary minimalist composer Steve Reich. The results confirm what we already knew about SQUID – that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK and far beyond.

After the most electrifying and soul-enriching festival performances at Latitude and Standon Calling in July, SQUID will be headlining a UK and Irish tour later this year. Full dates as follows:




Tue         31           LEEDS                                     Brudenell Social Club




Tue         07           BRIGHTON                             Concorde 2

Wed       08           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                          University

Tue         28           GLASGOW                             SWG3

Wed       29           BELFAST                                 Empire

Thu         30           DUBLIN                                  Button Factory




Sun         03           CARDIFF                                 Tramshed

Mon        04           SOUTHAMPTON                   The 1865

Tue         05           EXETER                                   Phoenix

NEAR THE WESTWAY was written and performed by: 

  • 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)


  • LAETITIA SCOTT and ANNA DRYSDALE (french horn)
  • ADAM COLLINS (tuba)
  • JONNY WICKHAM (double bass)


“Nothing short of immaculate …” GIGWISE

“One of the finest debut albums this century …” THE QUIETUS

“The English band’s debut blazes through scraps of jazz, funk, krautrock, dub and punk; more than a canonized style, it’s their level of control that sets them apart …” PITCHFORK

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

“Squid seemed destined to have an epic album in them, and they’ve delivered just that …” DIY (4.5*)

“In a time of crippling uncertainty, their ambitious record is, in itself, an absolute tonic …” MOJO (4*)

“Squid always pushed the boundaries; now they’ve trampled them for good …” THE INDEPENDENT (4*)

“If this is the sound of our dystopian future, sign us up …” DORK (4*)

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