Sunday, June 8, 2014

New album by Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook, tour coming soon

Since I interviewed Glenn's musical partner Chris Difford and reviewed the band live in 2012 (see elsewhere on this blog), I'm very anxious to hear this. Read the news below...

Squeeze singer/guitarist Glenn Tilbrook will be returning to the States this fall for dates in support of his new acoustic solo album, Happy Ending. The tour kicks off in September in Boston through October (see below for tour dates).

The album is available now through iTunes and most digital providers and will be released Stateside on June 10 as a special vinyl bundle that will include a limited-edition gatefold album, CD and download link. Order here:

With performances at Coachella, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live From the Artists Den in recent years, Squeeze has proven itself to be relevant and enduring as new generations of fans discover the band's songbook.

Happy Ending tracks include the orchestral story-song "Persephone;" "Rupert," an ode to Mr. Murdoch; the jaunty "Kev and Dave," about two brothers who run a pub; and a meditation on Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Tilbrook co-wrote with his old friend Chris Braide (currently working with Beyonce and Lana Del Ray) on the dig at big businesses' lack of accountability in the single "Everybody Sometimes." Lyrics are all by Tilbrook.

"What I've tried to do is just strip my writing back to guitar or piano and start out from there. One of the next goals I have is to make a sparse record, because I'm very good at putting in detailed information. I just like doing it."

But the details make this even more delightful. Beside Tilbrook on bass and guitar (plus iPad keys and "atmospherics"), there are kazoos, sitar, Indian harmonium, ukuleles, bongos, Chinese drums and a full string arrangement by Lucy Shaw.

There's assistance from Squeeze drummer Simon Hanson, multi-instrumentalist Chris McNally and Nine Below Zero guitar man Dennis Greaves. Tilbrook's offspring Leon (aged 10), co-wrote track "Bongo Bill" and both he and his brother Wesley (aged 7) assist on vocals.

"I'm really, really vibed up on what I'm doing now," says Tilbrook. "To me, this record takes its place alongside [Tilbrook and The Fluffers'] Pandemonium Ensues and [Squeeze albums] East Side Story, Argybargy and Cool for Cats, which are my favorite records that I have made. So that's five albums that I've thought, 'Yes! I've actually done that properly now.'"


Sep 23 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Sep 24 New York, NY - City Winery
Sep 25 New York, NY - City Winery
Sep 29 Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Tavern
Sep 30 Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
Oct 1 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Oct 2 Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
Oct 4 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall - 1884 Lounge
Oct 5 Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater
Oct 6 Austin, TX - The Roost
Oct 9 Los Angeles, CA - The Mint
Oct 10 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar (early show)
Oct 12 Denver, CO - Solid Dove
Oct 13 Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
Oct 15 Chicago, IL - City Winery
Oct 16 Evanston, IL - SPACE
Oct 17 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Oct 19 Pittsburg, PA - Hard Rock Cafe
Oct 24 Riverhead, NY - Suffolk Theater

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