SQUID are back with their first music of 2020, the widescreen new single SLUDGE, which also marks the band’s first release for Warp Records since signing with them in late 2019. Listen to SLUDGE

Richly percussive and sonically evolving, on SLUDGE the quintet not only open up their sound but they do so without abandoning the experimentation and playfulness that made them such an exciting prospect when they burst onto the scene just over a year ago.

Thematically, previous SQUID releases have been more character-driven songs like The Cleaner, Match Bet and Houseplants, all of which saw SQUID looking at the people around them and how the world affected them. But on SLUDGE we see the band in a more introspective state of mind; simultaneously seeking a wider commentary but approaching it with an idiosyncratic precision and a playfulness that doesn’t allow it to become morose.

The musical thrust of SLUDGE was initially conceived during a soundcheck whilst supporting seminal post-punk group Wire. For a band who have built so much of their reputation on their impeccable musical taste and incendiary live shows, it is a fitting way to begin this new chapter. The track sees them team up again with recently-awarded Producer of The Year Dan Carey.

SQUID rounded off a hugely successful 2019 with inclusion on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2020 longlist and have now revealed details of their rescheduled March tour dates as follows:


Wed       22           LONDON                               Scala


Mon        24           BRIGHTON                             Chalk


Tue         01           BEDFORD                               Esquires

Wed       02           OXFORD                                 Bullingdon

Thu         03           SOUTHAMPTON                   Joiners

Tue         08           BIRMINGHAM                      Castle & Falcon

Wed       09           YORK                                      Crescent

Thu         10           HEBDEN BRIDGE                  Trades Club

Sat          12           MANCHESTER                       White Hotel // matinee show

Sat          12           MANCHESTER                       White Hotel // late show

Sun         13           EDINBURGH                          Summerhall

Mon        14           NEWCASTLE                          Cluny

Wed       16           NORWICH                             Arts Centre


SQUID are in a constant, energetic state of evolution which is reflected in the intense and infectious spectrum of sound contained in their propulsive songs. This wild and restless creativity points the way forward for a band with no limits on what they might do next. Keep an ear out for more releases later this year.

Formed in Brighton, SQUID are:


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

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