Photo: Holly Whitaker

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.
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)
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

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