“Nostalgia vs relevance” is a constant conflict of principles within any veteran band in the modern rock landscape. Last night at the University Cultural Centre Hall, 80s band Squeeze found a comfortable balance.
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Ahead of Squeeze’s anticipated first gig in Singapore on May 4th, at the University Cultural Centre, here’s a short e-mail interview with founding member and frontman Glenn Tilbrook.
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A reminder that Squeeze – with the only original member being singer-guitarist Glenn Tillbrook – performs in Singapore on Friday May 4th at the UCC Hall, NUS.
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Oh we are so stoked about this news! Squeeze will play in Singapore on May 4th, 2018 at the UCC Hall, NUS.
Some respite for true pop lovers from the onslaught of the prefabricated anti-music dominating the current Billboard charts in the form of a new Squeeze album! Yes! When frontman Glenn Tilbrook was in Singapore last year, he mentioned that the band was recording a new album and here it is – Cradle to the Grave – the band’s first album of new material since 1998!
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Fuck nostalgia! For me, it’s always about the here and now – the singer and the song. Sure, you could describe singer-songwriter Glenn Tilbrook in those terms but that barely does any justice to the talent and wit that this man possesses. As the frontman of 80s ‘new wave’ band Squeeze, Tilbrook certainly had his time in the sun but the passing of thirty years have not diminished the artist’s ability to connect with an audience in a manner that escapes many younger musicians.
I love the early Squeeze records but my favourite is probably Sweets from a Stranger (1982). Although lumped together with all the other 80s ‘new wave’ bands, Squeeze were/are basically 60s pop revivalists with erudite lyrics/sophisticated melodies being the main emphasis. Check out a video of the band playing “Points of View” below.
Formed around the songwriting nucleus of Chris Difford (lyrics) & Glenn Tilbrook (tunes), the duo were hailed as the Lennon-McCartney of their era and deservedly as well. Following Squeeze’s second breakup in 1999, Tilbrook embarked on an acclaimed solo career. Tilbrook will be performing in Singapore at Hero’s on 29th November and I caught up with him via a short phone interview.
EX-SQUEEZE FRONTMAN GLENN TILBROOK TO PLAY AT HERO’SEX-SQUEEZE FRONTMAN GLENN TILBROOK TO PLAY AT HERO’S
Squeeze was without doubt one of the seminal bands of the 80s post-punk era, combining elements of pub-rock and Beatlesque pop-rock to produce a highly melodic and intelligent brand of pop music. Glenn Tilbrook – whose distinctive tenor graced almost all the best Squeeze songs – will be playing a “one-night-only” show at Hero’s (69 Circular Road #01-01, Boat Quay). Tickets available from www.dashtickets.sg now!
Tilbrook has a new album out called Happy Ending and its chock full of the well-constructed, sophisticated pop that Squeeze was legendary for. Check it out!
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