Squid Releases New Single & Video “The Blades” – New Album out June 9th via Warp

May 26, 2023
Photo credit Alex Kurunis


Release new single “The Blades”

Music video directed by Kasper Häggström 

Starring Fresh Meat, Stath Lets Flats actress Charlotte Ritchie

New album O Monolith, out June 9 on Warp

Squid share new track, “The Blades”, the final single to be released ahead of their sophomore album, O Monolith, out June 9th via Warp Records. [pre-order here] The single is accompanied by a video directed by Kasper Häggström (Radiohead, Kelly Lee Owens) featuring rising British actress Charlotte Ritchie famed for her roles in Fresh Meat, Stath Lets Flats and Ghosts. 

Similarly to Squid, Häggström’s work blurs the lines between high-concept philosophies and the humdrum of domesticity. Häggström video for “The Blades” sees the protagonist, played brilliantly by Ritchie, locked in a Kafka-esque nightmare as she sits ludicrously at the back of an imaginary queue in an empty waiting room due to a mischievous child’s prank. The passage of time and cruel absurdity of the situation triggers an out of body experience and release before returning to her Sisyphean plight.

Häggström on his video: “At last we get to work together! Thank you for trusting in my idea and for presenting me with such a great track from your latest album. This concept is one I’ve been thinking of for a while now and it fits seamlessly with the track.”

“The Blades” presents the dynamic range of singer Ollie Judge’s vocal delivery, a marked change across O Monolith. Judge credits it as his favourite Squid song thus far. “It’s a lot more vulnerable than stuff we’ve previously done, which can be quite a daunting thing. Dan [Carey] and I were talking about vocal delivery and how it would be good to not completely let myself go, and not fall back on shouting because it’s more instantly gratifying. The end of the song is really soft and tender and I don’t think we’ve done something like that before,” comments Judge. “On the surface it’s a song about police brutality with the last section kind of inspired by The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, although I’ve never read the book, I’ve just seen The Simpsons’ spoof of it. Narratively it follows a police helicopter pilot’s day, ending with him in bed hearing another pilot circling the skies as if he were taunting him. There’s a deeper meaning in there somewhere of my fear of ego, but I’m still working out which bit of the song that’s coming from.” 

Produced by Dan Carey, mixed by John McEntire from Tortoise and recorded at Real World, O Monolith tackles themes and issues such as environmental peril, morality and English folklore. Expansive, evocative and hugely varied, O Monolith retains Squid’s restless, enigmatic spirit. It’s a reflection of the outsized progression of a band always looking to the future. “We’re quite a musically stubborn band, and in an endearing way it’s a stubborn record,” says Judge. Like its namesake, O Monolith is vast and strange; alive with endless possible interpretations. 

Squid have recently announced a Winter North American headline tour and a series of intimate shows partnering with record shops around the release of the album. Full list of UK, EU and North American dates listed below.

O Monolith Tracklist

Swing (In A Dream)

Devil’s Den

Siphon Song 


The Blades

After The Flash

Green Light

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


Instore and Outstore Dates

10th June – Resident Brighton 

11th June – Rough Trade Bristol 

12th June – Drift Records outstore at The Barrel House, Totnes

13th June – Bear Tree Records outstore at Foundry Studio, Sheffield

14th June – Crash Records outstore at Brudenell Social Club,  Leeds

15th June – Rough Trade East, London – Matinee Show 

15th June – Rough Trade East, London – Evening Show – SOLD OUT 

2023 Tour Dates

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

12.08 – Boardmasters, Cornwall, UK

16.08 – Paredes De Coura, Portugal 

18.08 – Green Man, Brecon, Wales 

24.08 – Canela Party, Torremolinos, Spain

25.08 – Nox Orae, La Tour-de-Peliz, Switzerland

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 

17.09 – Poplar Festival, Tronto, Italy

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 

04.11 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland

2024 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

01.03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco

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