SQUEEZE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THE KNOWLEDGE ON OCTOBER 13
With its pedal steel and cinematic atmosphere evoking images of the mythical western, “Innocence In Paradise,” is a fine example of the partnership between Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.
“I’m so proud of this song, its flowing different and yet familiar. I don’t think we have reached this kind of musical bonding in a very long time,” says Chris Difford
Two years after the release of the band’s critically acclaimed Top 20 album ‘Cradle To The Grave’ (the band’s first set of new songs this century), ‘The Knowledge’ offers up another dozen examples of high quality Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook song craft, and is the perfect curtain-raiser for a UK and U.S. tour.
Traces of South London, their hometown heritage and integral part of the band’s DNA since seventies hits like “Up The Junction,” “Cool For Cats” and “Slap And Tickle,” flows through the album seamlessly. Greenwich’s own Maryon Wilson Park is name-checked in the chorus of the softly shuffling “Patchouli,” while “Every Story” is a heartfelt poem to the people and places that shaped their upbringing – “You can do much worse than being here,” sings Glenn with masterful understatement.
A more sombre note of austerity echoes across “Rough Ride,” lamenting the struggles faced living in the capital, its ultimately hopeful message enriched by guest performers also from South London, namely the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir and the Thorntree School Choir. There’s also a powerful tribute to the National Health Service in “A&E,” essentially a protest song railing against underfunding and low public sector wages.
Elsewhere, Glenn (vocals, electric guitar) and Chris (vocals, acoustic guitar) address a range of issues, from schoolboy footballers abused by predatory coaches (“Final Score”) to veteran obsessive record collectors (“Albatross”), from erectile dysfunction (“Please Be Upstanding”) to their own lengthy – and not always harmonious – relationship (the jaunty pop ska closer “Two Forks”).
Speaking about the record Glenn says, “It is such a pleasure to say that in 2017 we have delivered our best ever record.” Chris recently observed “playing back the album I can feel the love we still have as songwriters, and for each other. It’s been some journey, and I hope it goes on for many years to come.”
Produced by Tilbrook, Andrew Jones and Laurie Latham, ‘The Knowledge’ was recorded at 45 RPM Studios in Charlton, and finds Glenn and Chris once again in the company of drummer Simon Hanson and keyboard wizard Stephen Large, plus a couple of new faces; Yolanda Charles on bass and Steve Smith on percussion.
Yolanda, tells us “I’m so excited to be invited to play with Squeeze. The guys were a pleasure to record the new album with and I know playing the live shows will be a fantastic experience.”
Steve, whom has previously supported Glenn on tour and has a deep personal connection with the band’s music, says “I don’t know how many musicians get the chance of a lifetime to join the very first band that they ever went to see in concert.”
The Knowledge Track Listing
1. Innocence In Paradise
4. Every Story
5. Rough Ride
6. Departure Lounge
7. Final Score
8. Please Be Upstanding
9. The Ones
11. Elmers End
12. Two Forks
11/14 – Buckhead Theater, Atlanta, GA
11/15 – Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC
11/17 – Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA
11/18 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
11/19 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
11/21 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
11/22 – Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
11/24 – The Goodyear Theater, Akron, OH
11/25 – Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
11/26 – Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak, MI
11/28 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
11/29 – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
11/30 – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
12/2 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY