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Squid Share New Single “Undergrowth” With New Video Game – New Album Out 9th June via Warp & UK EU US Tour Dates Announced

April 19, 2023
Photo Credit Michelle Helena Janssen

SQUID

Share New Single “Undergrowth” & Video Game; Announce 2024 North American Winter Tour

New Album, O Monolith, Out 9th June on Warp Records

Squid present new single, “Undergrowth,” from their sophomore album, O Monolith, out 9th June on Warp Records. Alongside a video game inspired by “Undergrowth” made by Frank Force, they have also shared a visualiser directed by Louis Borlase guitarist in the band and their biggest North American tour to date. Tickets will be available Friday 21st @ 10am Local Time from the bands website.

Already renowned for their unerring experimentation, new single “Undergrowth” sees Squid continue their idiosyncratic sonic journey. The track is a heady cocktail of sounds and styles with dubbed-out bass grooves under cinematic synth chops which explode into bursts of hyper-rock guitar and frenetic brass.

Squid simply throw themselves into this forest of jagged textures, fierce tempo changes, obliterating shuffles, and crashing cymbals. This fearless commitment to their experimental aptitude further moves the vision of this release. Braced by the compelling groove that keeps the progressive stance of this release as a solid constant, the ferocious vocal notes add this intensive lashing to the melody.

The energy of this outfit is unmatched, their expressive creations so uniquely their own, enthralling and immersive.

Through the radical meld of textures and tones, drummer and vocalist Ollie Judge still manages to create an earworm chorus of “Ergonomic for the rest of my days, I’d rather melt away”. Themes of environmental peril, morality and the natural world are all present on “Undergrowth” and further explored on the rest of O Monolith

Judge says on “Undergrowth’s” lyrics: “I really got into animism, the idea that spirits can live in inanimate objects. I was watching Twin Peaks, and there was the episode where Josie Packard’s spirit goes into a chest of drawers. So ‘Undergrowth’ was written from the perspective of me being reincarnated as a bedside table in the afterlife, and how the thought of being reincarnated as an inanimate object would be dreadful. ‘This isn’t what I wanted/ So many options to be disappointed.’ Even though I’m in no way religious I don’t think anyone who isn’t religious is confident enough to not have had the fleeting thought of ‘Fuck, what if there is an afterlife? What if I’m going to Hell?’”

Introducing: “Undergrowth”, the game! A bit like the bastardized love child of Super Mario and Space Invaders, with an English Folklore twist. Who’s gonna get the high score? Who’s gonna defeat the monolith? Frank Force adds: “Imagine the game itself as an interactive music video where gameplay and animation is synched up to the music and changes as the song progresses, moving into different phases.”

Play Undergrowth The Game – https://undergrowth.squidband.uk/

Borlase who shot the visualiser explains the storybehind it: “When we were writing O Monolith we rented a little studio in St Pauls and whichever way we’d walk home, the BRI Hospital chimney would always be standing there – jutting out in front of a disc of countryside beyond: the home of the Devil’s Den, a stable’s worth of chalk horses further afield towards Cherhill, Pewsey and Westbury. Sometimes it feels like most folklore hides in the countryside’s nooks. At other times it comes in closer, lurking in the bins on the walk back from the shops.”


2023 Tour Dates

05.05 – Focus Wales, Wrexham, Wales

16.06 – 8 Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania

18.06 – Beyond The Pale, Wicklow, Ireland

30.06 – Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium

02.07 – Fusion, Larz, Germany

21.07 – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire, UK

22.07 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, UK

05.08 – RALLY Festival – London, UK

16.08 – Paredes De Coura, Portugal

18.08 – Green Man, Brecon, Wales

02.09 – Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, Netherlands

05.09 – Germany, Die Kantine Biergarten, Cologne, Germany

06.09 – ROCKHAL, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg

07.09 – Ancienne Belgique (AB), Brussels, Belgium

08.09 – TivoliVredenburg Ronda, Utrecht, Netherlands
09.09 – KNUST, Hamburg, Germany

11.09 – VoxHall, Aarhus, Denmark
12.09 – VEGA, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.09 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
15.09 – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
16.09 – Mascotte, Zürich, Switzerland

19.09 – Santeria Toscana 31, Milan, Italy
21.09 – Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
22.09 – Ram Club, Valencia, Spain
23.09 – Sala Copernico, Madrid, Spain
24.09 – Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
25.09 – Élysée Montmartre, Paris, France
27.09 – Le 106, Rouen, France

13.10 – SWX, Bristol, UK

14.10 – SWX, Bristol, UK

16.10 – Town Hall, Birmingham, UK

17.10 – O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK

18.10 – New Century, Manchester, UK

21.10 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK

22.10 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

01.11 – Troxy, London, UK

2024 US Tour Dates

02.02 – Austin, TX @ The Parish

03.02 – Dallas, TX @ Dada

05.02 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East

06.02 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

08.02 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

09.02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

10.02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

14.02 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

15.02 – Montreal, QC @ SAT

16.02 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

18.02 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

19.02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

23.02 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall

24.02 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre

25.02 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

27.02 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

29.02 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

01.03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco

Swing (In A Dream)

Devil’s Den

Siphon Song 

Undergrowth

The Blades

After The Flash

Green Light

If You Had Seen The Bull’s Swimming Attempts You Would Have Stayed Away 

https://squid.ffm.to/omonolith

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