Squid Debut Visualizer For “Undergrowth”

Squid Debut Visualizer For "Undergrowth"
UK band Squid Debut Visualizer For "Undergrowth"

Squid have shared their new single, “Undergrowth,” a track from their forthcoming album O Monolith, which arrives on June 9th on Warp Records. Additionally, today, the band unveil “Undergrowth,” the game! A bit like the bastardized love child of Super Mario and Space Invaders, with an English Folklore twist. Who’s gonna get the high score? Who’s gonna defeat the monolith? Creator Frank Force adds, “Imagine the game itself as an interactive music video where gameplay and animation is synched up to the music and changes as the song progresses, moving into different phases.”

Judge explains, “I really got into animism, the idea that spirits can live in inanimate objects. I was watching Twin Peaks, and there was the episode where Josie Packard’s spirit goes into a chest of drawers. So ‘Undergrowth’ was written from the perspective of me being reincarnated as a bedside table in the afterlife, and how the thought of being reincarnated as an inanimate object would be dreadful. ‘This isn’t what I wanted/ So many options to be disappointed.’ Even though I’m in no way religious I don’t think anyone who isn’t religious is confident enough to not have had the fleeting thought of ‘Fuck, what if there is an afterlife? What if I’m going to Hell?’”

Produced by long-time collaborator, Dan Carey, and mixed by John McEntire (of Tortoise), O Monolith teems with melodic epiphanies and is a musical evocation of environment, domesticity and self-made folklore. Like its predecessor, it is dense and tricksy – but also warmer, with a winding, questioning nature. Squid began work on O Monolith only two weeks after the release of Bright Green Field while the band were on tour in 2021. The songs continued to take shape in rehearsal rooms around Bristol, where the band were based at the time, eventually moving to Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire. This change in environment further pushed the development of the band’s sound from claustrophobic post-punk to something more free-flowing and spacious. Although originating in Brighton and now largely based in South London, every member of the band has a strong connection with the West Country, which only deepened during the recording process. One interpretation of O Monolith is a condensation of the environment into song. “There’s a running theme of the relation of people to the environment throughout,” says Borlase. “There are allusions to the world we became so immersed in, environmental emergency, the role of domesticity, and the displacement you feel when you’re away for a long time.”

Squid 2023-2024 Tour Dates

Fri. May 5 – Wrexhman, WS @ Focus Wales
Sun. June 18 – Wicklow, IE @ Beyond The Pale
Fri. June 30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
Sun. July 2 – Lars, DE @ Fusion
Fri. July 21 – Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling
Sat. July 22 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Truck Festival
Wed. Aug. 16 – Portugal, ES @ Paredes De Coura
Fri. Aug. 18 – Brecon, WS @ Green Man
Sat. Sep. 2 – Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open
Tue. Sep. 5 – Cologne, DE @ Katine
Wed. Sep. 6 – Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
Thu. Sep. 7 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Fri. Sep. 8 – Utecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg ROnda
Sat. Sep. 9 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
Mon. Sep. 11 – Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
Tue. Sep. 12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Wed. Sep. 13 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Fri. Sep. 15 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
Sat. Sep. 16 – Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
Tue. Sep. 19 – Milan, IT @ Santeria
Thu. Sep. 21 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apollo 2
Fri. Sep. 22 – Valencia, ES @ Jerusalem
Sat. Sep. 23 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Copérnico
Sun. Sep. 24 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey
Mon. Sep. 25 – Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre
Wed. Sep. 27 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106
Fri. Oct. 13 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
Sat. Oct. 14 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
Mon. Oct. 16 – Birmingham, UK @ Town Hall
Tue. Oct. 17 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds
Thu. Oct. 19 – Manchester, UK @ New Century
Sat. Oct. 21 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom
Sun. Oct. 22 – Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop
Wed. Nov. 1 – London, UK @ Troxy
Fri. Feb. 2 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
Sat. Feb. 3 – Dallas, TX @ Dada
Mon. Feb. 5 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East
Tue. Feb. 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Thu. Feb. 8 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. Feb. 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sat. Feb. 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Wed. Feb. 14 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Thu. Feb. 15 – Montreal, QC @ SAT
Fri. Feb. 16 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sun. Feb. 18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Mon. Feb. 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Fri. Feb. 23 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Sat. Feb. 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Sun. Feb. 25 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Tue. Feb. 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Thu. Feb. 29 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Fri. March 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco

Pre-order O Monolith by Squid HERE


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