Squeeze announce tour and first new album for 18 years
Squeeze have confirmed they are to release their first new album since 1998’s Domino. From The Cradle To The Grave will be released later this year, marking the first new album since the band reunited in 2007, having split shortly after the release of Domino.
Chris Difford said: “We’ve grown up a lot in the last few years, musically. For the first five years back together, we were saying ‘This is where we came from. Now, this is where we are. We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow.”
Glenn Tilbrook added: “We split in 1998 after the release of Domino. Chris and I were not getting on so well, we needed a break and to follow our own paths for a bit. We slowly but surely came back together as people. Originally, this was only planned as a short reunion, but things went so well that here we are eight years later. Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material.”
The album will largely form the basis of the soundtrack to new BBC1 comedy-drama Cradle To Grave, which is based on the first volume of memoirs by Danny Baker, about his childhood in 1960s south London.
Baker went to school with Difford, who said: ”We’ve been on location to see how it’s going. It gave us a spring in our step to see the quality of filming, the direction and the attention to detail. It was very heartening and we are grateful to be involved in something that is so refreshing and also represents our past – we went to the same school, wore the same uniform, fell in love with same art teacher. It’s really only the last five or 10 years that we’ve become friends again. Danny came to my 50th birthday party and we remembered where we had both come from.”
The album inspired the naming of the TV show, which has been retitled from Baker’s book Going To Sea In A Sieve. It stars Peter Kay as Baker’s docker father, Spud.
Squeeze will tour in September, with support from John Cooper Clarke. Tickets go on sale on Friday (March 27).
Plymouth Pavilions (September 25)
Guildford G Live (26)
Brighton Dome (28)
Milton Keynes Theatre (29)
Bristol Colston Hall (October 1)
Sheffield City Hall (2)
Birmingham Symphony Hall (3)
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (5)
Leicester De Montfort Hall (6)
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (7)
Cardiff St David’s Hall (9)
Southend Cliffs Pavilion (10)
Manchester Bridgewater Hall (12)
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre (13)
London Royal Albert Hall (15)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (16)
Ipswich Regent (19)
Oxford New Theatre (20)
Gateshead Sage (21)
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (23)
Harrogate International Centre (24)