Photo: Holly Whitaker

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.
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.”
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) 
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. 
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

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
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
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

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