Squid share video for ‘The Blades’ starring Charlotte Ritchie

The song is taken off their upcoming album ‘O Monolith’

Squid have shared the final teaser ‘The Blades’ for their album ‘O Monolith’ - and they’ve celebrated by releasing an accompanying video starring Charlotte Ritchie. Our May 2023 cover stars last released ‘Undergrowth’, where the band released an equally creative video game to accompany the track.

Ollie Judge says the song is “a lot more vulnerable than stuff we’ve previously done.”

“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.”

“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.”

Kasper Häggström, who directed the video, said: “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.”

A full list of UK/EU dates can be found below:

10.06 - Resident Brighton
11.06 - Rough Trade Bristol
12.06 - Drift Records outstore at The Barrel House, Totnes
13.06 - Bear Tree Records outstore at Foundry Studio, Sheffield
14.06 - Crash Records outstore at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
15.06 - Rough Trade East, London - Matinee Show
15.06 - Rough Trade East, London - Evening Show - SOLD OUT
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

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