NEWS: Squeeze Announce New Tour And Album

On October 11th, the highly-rated, quintessential London band Squeeze return with ‘Spot The Difference’ a collection of 14 of their best-loved hits, re-recorded by the band as faithfully to the original versions as possible (whilst challenging their fans to spot the difference!) The result is no mere set of re-masters, more an affirmation that Squeeze are the masters of accessible guitar-pop.

Formed in South London in 1973, and armed with Glenn Tilbrook’s winning melodies and Chris Difford’s pithy lyrics, songs such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)’ and the classic ‘Up The Junction’ established Squeeze as one of the UK’s finest pop acts.  Yet they have also been one of its greatest exports, their bittersweet tales of London life and love proving universal enough to strike a chord in the USA. It was while on tour across the pond in 2007 that ‘Spot The Difference’ began to take shape – the band found that learning to play together was indeed like learning to ride a bicycle and their easy chemistry led to a desire to record again. The final catalyst was retreating to their hotel room and seeing yet another of their songs used in a TV commercial without their approval or knowledge, and the band decided to take action in the form of regaining ownership of their catalogue.

Back in Glenn’s studio, the band – fleshed out by long-time bassist John Bentley, plus newer members Simon Hanson on drums and Stephen Large on keys  – set about re-recording the songs. Being something of an equipment hoarder, Glenn found he already had a lot of the old instruments, amps and mixers that the band had used first time round and former keyboard player and vocalist Paul Carrack was able to come back to lend his unmistakeable vocals to the new version of ‘Tempted’.

A massive influence on the likes of Lily Allen, Mark Ronson, The Feeling, Broken Bells and Andy Burrows (Razorlight, I Am Arrows), ‘Spot The Difference’ only reaffirms that Squeeze are refreshed and renewed and very much a contemporary band who are constantly looking to the future – a recent US TV performance of ‘Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ saw the keyboard solo played on an Apple iPad! On top of this, Glenn and Chris have put their Ivor Novello winning partnership back into gear and started writing the first new Squeeze material in over 10 years, although there is no set date to record anything just yet.

In the meantime, to herald the new album Squeeze have chosen ‘Loving You Tonight’ as its first single. Originally sung by Carrack and never released as a single in the UK, the re-record has vocals by Glenn and is immediately recognisable as a brand new recording, yet is produced with the energy and vigour of a band in their twenties. Additionally, a ‘Deluxe Edition’ of the album will be made available, which comes with a live recording of the band’s recent set at the illustrious Fillmore.

Squeeze are all set to end a triumphant year – which has seen them undertake a 5 week sold out tour the US and have the site of their first ever gig awarded with a PRS for Music Heritage Plaque – with a 22-date tour of the UK, reuniting with another familiar face in former keyboard man Steve Nieve and finishing up with 4 dates at 3 different London venues.

TOUR DATES

14/11 – Bournemouth O2 Academy.
15/11 – Reading Hexagon.
16/11 – Bristol Colston Hall.
18/11 – Cardiff St David’s Hall.
19/11 – Nottingham Royal Centre.
20/11 – Sheffield O2 Academy.
22/11 – Aberdeen Music Hall.
23/11 – Glasgow O2 Academy.
25/11 – Newcastle City Hall.
26/11 – Leeds O2 Academy.
27/11 – Manchester Apollo.
29/11 – Liverpool Philharmonic.
30/11 – Birmingham Symphony Hall.
2/12 – Cambridge Corn Exchange.
3/12 – Norwich UEA.
4/12 – Plymouth Pavilions.
6/12 – Southampton Guildhall.
7/12 – Brighton Dome. 9/12 – London Indigo2.
10/12 – London HMV Forum.
11/12 & 12/12 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

www.squeezeofficial.com

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Stornoway “A living, breathing Mark Twain novel.”
Levi Miller “I thought it was great to be famous enough to have your picture on a pencil case.”
Eliza Doolittle “I have something to work towards rather than something to live up to.”

Tye Matthew Harris “I believe a point comes when you have to change things in your life.”
Dog Is Dead “We’d like people to think of us as a choir and an orchestra making pop music.”
Chris Anthony “It is much better to be inspired than to think up new ideas if that makes sense.”
Example “I just want people to take my music for what it is.”
The Milk “We just play really well with each other.”
Motion City Soundtrack “We are like family. We have learned to live around each other.”

Freemasons “It is only a matter of time before albums are released as apps…”
Tara Mathew “I just feel transformed to a different world when I perform.”
K. Anderson “As a teenager all I listened to was music by lesbian.”

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Forgotten Gems:

Album: Shelby Lynne “I am Shelby Lynne”
Book: Jim Thompson The Killer Inside Me”
Film: Rebecca

Designer of the Month: Robot Alien Clothing

Reviews:
Albums: Locnville “Sun In My Pocket”, Capac “Pastels EP”, Fyfe Dangerfield “Fly Yellow Moon”, She Makes War “Disarm”, Aaron Wright and The Aprils “Behold A Pale Horse”
Singles of The Month: The Like “Wishing He Was Dead”. Dog is Dead “Young”
Live Music: V Festival, Kendal Calling , Summer Sundae, One Night Only, Wildbird & Peacedrums
Theatre: Corrie!, Sound Of Music, Joseph
Film: Robin Hood, Kick-Ass
Books: Matthew Yorke “Pictures of Lily”, JockyBoy26 “The Big Book of Gaydar (Uncut!)”

ALBUM REVIEW: I Am Arrows “Sun Comes Up Again”

Label: Mercury
Release Date: 16.08.2010

When drummer Andy Burrows left indie-pop kings Razorlight in 2009, he wasted little time in revealing his intentions. A mere eleven days after announcing his departure, the signing of his new project I Am Arrows to Universal, the same label as his former band, was announced. A year later and I Am Arrows have released their much anticipated debut release. With all songs penned by Burrows, he is joined by younger brother, Ben (bass & backing vocals), brothers Adam & Ben Chetwood (lead guitar & drums), & Nick Hill (guitar & backing vocals) to form I Am Arrows. Having already supported Muse on tour, it appears that Burrows will relish the spotlight in a similar vein to former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohlm, but does the material live up to the anticipation?

Whilst Grohl stayed on safe territory for his new musical journey, I Am Arrows sees Burrows departing the light indie-pop terrain to an electro-light territory.  His delicate vocal (which echoes the legendary Sir Paul McCartney) and amicable presence could not be further removed from the swagger of Johnny Borrell, though there are shadows of Razorlight’s tender moments throughout “Sun Comes Up Again”.

“Sun Comes Up Again” seems to be an album of release. Having hidden in the background throughout his term in Razorlight, Burrows is enjoying his time at the helm. Simple constructions reminiscent of Tunng, Brendan Benson and Elliot Smith form the core of I Am Arrows sound.  Burrows believes in the understated and the subtle, a gentle yet touching listen.

Yet in the midst there are the potential hits. Whilst on the whole, “Sun Comes Up Again” steers clear of the radio friendly ear worm, the whirling “Green Grass” and stirring “No Wonder” will win over leagues of fans for their incessant hum-ability.

Only once does Burrows miss the pitch-perfect. The incessant “The Us” verges on the twee, but one blunder in fourteen is easily forgiven. Burrows may not have taken the obvious route, but having lived in the shadows for some many years, Burrows glee resounds through I Am Arrows wonderfully crafted debut. Borrell should be worried. The underdog is about the effortlessly overshadow.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: MTV Presents…One Night Only with Special Guests, I Am Arrows

MTV and Gift Music are pleased to announce that One Night Only will be joined by special guests, I Am Arrows, new band of ex-Razorlight drummer, Andy Burrows at legendary venue, Dingwalls in London on August 19th.
 
I Am Arrows are set to release their debut album ‘Sun Comes Up Again’ (Vertigo) on August 16th. The album, which has already been hotly tipped as one of the albums of 2010 by NME is jam-packed with beautiful pop songs that suggest Seventies soul, modern ‘beats and bleeps’ and timeless melodies.

Burrows who wrote the new material on piano in New York and at home in North London, will be standing up to sing them, playing guitar and adopting his own form of ‘projection’.

I Am Arrows are set to embark on their first UK tour in September.
Get ready to be wowed, cuddled, encouraged, intoxicated and amazed.
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
 MTV PRESENTS | One Night Only plus I Am Arrows
WHEN | Thursday, August 19th 2010
WHERE | Dingwalls, Camden, London NW1 8AB
PRICE | £10
Doors 7.30pm
One Night Only on stage @ 9pm
 
For more information and to buy tickets log onto: www.mtv.co.uk/mtvpresents

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