Chris Difford was “inspired by watching Glenn’s Instagram pictures of him walking his dogs in Maryon Wilson Park,” stating he “imagined two people reuniting there somewhere in the background. It’s The Yardbirds, it’s the Troggs but most of all it’s Squeeze.”
Patchouli combines the rolling electric guitar of Glenn with other unique instrumentation and arrangements. Mojo picks out “musical touches such as Stephen Large’s baroque harpsichord solo” as something that “[cements] the sense of an act that know exactly how to proceed”. On their 14th album, Squeeze have perfected the art of moving forward musically whilst keeping a firm eye on the rear mirror.
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 Glenn, 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.
After their resurgence in 2015 with UK Top 20 and critically acclaimed album Cradle To The Grave, the first Squeeze album of new songs since 1998, Squeeze went on to play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2016, solidifying themselves as one of the UK’s best live acts. The Guardian said their performance “[went] down a storm… Squeeze’s success is a pretty infectious thing” and Acoustic magazine concluded that “they don’t have the bombastic hype of headliners Coldplay, but they have the song-craft and lyrical majesty to leave the headliners in the dust which they duly did.”
Squeeze first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris and Glenn had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweet shop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning duo reunited ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.
Squeeze 2017 Tour Dates:
Thursday 12th October – Brighton Dome
Friday 13th October – Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 14th October – De Montford Hall, Leicester
Monday 16th October – Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
Tuesday 17th October – G Live, Guildford
- Thursday 19th October – Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Friday 20th October – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 21st October – London Indigo 2
Monday 23rd October – Hexagon Theatre, Reading
- Tuesday 24th October – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 26th October – Sheffield City Hall
- Friday 27th October – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 28th October – IC, Harrogate
Monday 30th October – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tuesday 31st October – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Tuesday 2nd November – Sage 1, Gateshead
Friday 3rd November – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 4th November – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Monday 6th November – Royal Albert Hall, London
For more information or to book visit www.squeezeofficial.com.