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PRAISE FOR BRIGHT GREEN FIELD

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

“Bright Green Field cannot be pinned down; many of the songs split apart to reveal uninhabited and uncanny worlds within themselves …” NEW YORKER

“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

“Nothing short of immaculate …” GIGWISE (10*)

“A debut for the ages …” THE LINE OF BEST FIT (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*)

“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*)

“Tightly channeled rhythms recall the ‘motorik’ pulse of Neu while passages of madly jittery funk place the group in a post-punk tradition …” FINANCIAL TIMES (4*)

“The increasing drama of the tracks is unsettlingly stunning …” i PAPER (4*)

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

Fresh from their critically acclaimed debut album, BRIGHT GREEN FIELD on Warp Records, which charted at #4, Bristol experimental group SQUID have revealed the video for the single PAMPHLETS, directed by Raman Djafari.

 Watch the PAMPHLETS video

The eight-minute odyssey is a masterwork in hyperreal animation. Director Djafari offered the following on his video:

“The video for Pamphlets is a meditation on the feeling of being unfit, unlovable, not compatible and the manic anxiety and stress that this results in. I wanted to explore a state of mind that I have found myself in many times, of fearing to go outside and being confronted with everything that one cannot love about themselves. Rooted in trauma that is as personal as it is and always connected to society at large, harmful self-images are incredibly hard to escape. The fear of being rejected for the way one is marked as different and perceived as such, manifested in the presence and gaze of others, becomes the way we see ourselves. We internalize the rejection that we are subjected to. As a result, there is the urge to hide away, suppress and judge whatever it is that we have been taught to hate. Thus, detaching from the self and thereby detaching from others. This is a video that relates to my own experiences as well, as it is a solidarization with everyone that has been made to feel this way. The second half of the video is about the emergence from that state of mind through the embrace of difference. It is a process that I myself am still very much going through and learning from, so it is also a reminder and an exercise in empowerment. The transformation that happens when we learn to love ourselves is a detachment from the ideals of normativity. Loving the difference, that which is perceived as ugly and rotten, is beautiful. At the same time, it is an unlearning of the false truths that have been etched into our minds and hearts.”

Following the recent announcements of the band’s socially distanced Fieldworks tour in early summer and their rescheduled headline UK tour in autumn, comes the first ever SQUID headline USA tour in November this year. The band have also been confirmed to perform on Later with Jools Holland on Friday 21 May.

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