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alotof it iskindofhalfwritten.


Ifweweren’tnervousenoughplayinga first showinjustoverayear,we’realso going toplaycompletelynewmaterial. Sothat’sbeenreallyfun. It’s justbeen roadtesting themusicbecausewe haven’thadchancetodothat fora while. Asabandyou’vealwaysbeenmoving aroundloadsofdifferent locations. Atfirst,youweretippedasaBrighton band, thenyou’vealsospentalotof timeinLondon,andat themoment you’relivinginBristol.Doyoufind that travellingquiteuseful?Itseems withFieldworkstravellingispartof thecreativeprocess. Yeahtotally.Onthis tour,becausewe can’tplaybigvenues,wethought itwas agreatopportunitytogotoalotof places thatyoudon’tusuallyget tosee. Itwas just sowecouldplayall these cool places thatareabitoffof thebeaten trackandseewhat thatdoes for the music. I thinkwearequiteaffectedby our surroundings. Hasreleasinganalbumduringthe Covid-19pandemicaffectedyour creativeprocessatall. It’sobviously radicallychangedtherhythmof releasingmusic. We’venever reallyrecordedanalbum before, sowe’renot reallyusedtothat wholethinganyway. I thinkit’squite nicereleasinganalbumandletting it kindof liveforalittlebitbefore relentlesslytouring it.Peoplecanget usedtothetracksandknowwhat to expect.Althoughweareplaying catch- upwithall thetourswehadbooked. We’vegotdoubletheamountof tours to doinlittletime,whichmygirlfriendis probablynot gonnabehappyabout! Isitnervewreckingtouringagain? Yeahtotally. Just fromgoing fromzeroto normal is going totakeabitofadjusting. Luckilyonthis tourweget lotsofdays off.Weget tostopandtaketimeoffand gohome, so it’snot toobad. It’seasingus intoit,whichisnice. Asapunter, Iamquitenervousasto howI’mgoingtoreact, Ihaven’tbeen inaroomwithloudmusicforquitea longtime,doyouhavethatsame anxietytoo? Yeahtotally.Wegotonstagelastnight anditwasabit like‘Ohgosh... this is


reallyweird.’Apart fromrehearsing I haven’theardanymusic througha properPAforalong time. Itwasquite nicetohit thekickdrumandhavethat oomphsoundrattlingmybody. Doyouthinkitwasagoodyearto releaseanalbum?Youdidn’thave thesametimetogaugereactions,but youdidhavetimetoreallydedicate yourself tothewritingprocess. Itwasdefinitelystrange,andagainquite nerve-wracking.Alotof themusicon thealbumhasneverbeenplayedlive before. Itneverhadanycrowd feedback, soweweregoing inblindin that respect.Yeah, reallynerve- wrackingbutkindofquiteexciting. It wasanalbumfullof songs thatpeople haven’theardbeforewhichwaskindof nice.


I’venever releasedanalbumbefore,but I’vereallyenjoyedtheprocess.Like, this seemsnormal tome,but I guess itwas prettyintense trying togetall theshit together for thealbum. I couldimagine itbeingwaymoreintense ifwehadto doitduringnormal times.


Careyproductionjustbythesnare drum.


It’skindof strangethoughbecausehe does suchacrazymixof things,buthe’s gothisownstylewithallof them.He producedSlowbyKylieMinogue,and thebeat is so good. It’salsovery reminiscentofhis technomusic,but it’s afull-onpoptune.He’s gothisownstyle really,he’sabit likeachameleon,hecan doanything. DoyouthinkCarey’sproduction approachallowedcertainqualitiesto comethroughonthealbumthat otherwisewouldn’thave? Wehaven’t reallyworkedwithanyone other thanDan.So, trying toimagine what itwouldbelikewithoutDanisa hardthought.But I thinkhisfingerprint haskindofbeenoneverythingwe’ve done. I thinkwedefinitelyallegged ourselvesonabit trying todoweirdand whackystuff. Yousaidyoucanalwaystell it isaDan Careyproductionwhenyouhearthe Snaredrum.Thedrumsandsnareare quitetheforefront forSquid,sodoes thathaveabigimpactonthedynamic betweenyou? Yeahdefinitely, I thinkI remember the first timeweheardamixofTheDial (the first trackwedidwithDan)andI’dnever heardmyvoicethat loudbeforeandI absolutelyhatedit.But I grewtolikeit aſterawhile. LotsofpeoplesaythatSquidarea post-punkband,doyouthinkthat’s true.Oristhatabit inaccurate? Idon’tknow, I’venever really understoodputtinga‘post’onthestart ofagenre. I thinkbasicallywhat it means is thatyoufit into‘punk’,but the ‘post’ givesyoufreereigntodo


Listeningtotherecentalbum,you can’tnot touchontheproduction work.Obviously,DanCareyat the helm,andoverthepastcoupleof yearshehasproducedsomevery notablealbums,Dogrel, Schlagenheim,andofcourseBright GreenField.Listeningtoallof them,a reallydistinctdryqualitycomes through, itallowsallof the instrumentsownvoicetocome through.Wouldyouagreewiththat? You’redefinitelyrightabout the dryness. I canalways tell that it’saDan


Wegotonstage lastnightandit wasabitlike ‘Ohgosh...thisis reallyweird.”


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