British band Squid have quietly been letting their freak flag fly over the past 18 months, releasing a series of twitchy and explosive songs including "The Cleaner" and "Houseplants." Today, March 24, they return with news of a brand new song and their arrival on iconic electronic label Warp.
"Sludge" began its life during a soundcheck before Squid opened for post-punk pioneers Wire in 2019 and the nervous energy of that era of music is present in the jerky time-signatures and Ollie Judge's manic vocals. Judge, who also plays drums in Squid, ends "Sludge" by repeating the mantra "Scrape my teeth out on the floor, I don't want any more." Its quite an image.
Squid, like all musicians, have had their touring plans upended by the coronavirus outbreak but you can see a list of all their still-scheduled live dates here. Check out "Sludge" below.