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Squeeze is still a tempting proposition

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2015

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There`s a legion of Squeeze fans out there happy the group has released "Cradle To the Grave," its first new album in 17 years.

But that`s nothing compared to the band itself.

"It's a really great position to be in," co-founder and singer-guitarist Glen Tilbrook says by phone from London, "because Squeeze, we've been back together since 2007 and we've done little bits and pieces of new songs, but when we actually said, 'OK, we're gonna do an album now' it was really time for us to work properly and do what we know how to do and stop messing around.

"We worked really hard on the record but it was a really fun record to make and we all played together. And it has that sound, like the way we recorded in the 70s and 80s, as a band all playing together. We're back to that now."

Tilbrook, who writes Squeeze's songs with longtime partner Difford, says it also helped that "From The Cradle's..." songs were actually commissioned for a British TV series, which allowed the songs to take on a different and decidedly happier tone than the duo tends to mine on its own.

"Writing about a character, someone else's life, you have quite a sense of freedom," says Tilbrook, 58. "Had we been writing just for a new record I don't think we could've written a song like 'Happy Days' or some of the other things on there. At this age to express that sort of unbridled joy in the music is great."

Tilbrook and Difford are introducing Squeeze's new material to North America just as a duo, on the acoustic At Odds Couple Tour. They plan to bring the full Squeeze lineup during the spring or early summer of 2016 but are happy to give their songs an airing in a stripped-down fashion.

"We did this tour at this time last year in the U.K. and it worked so well, but we didn't have time to bring it to America," Tilbrook notes. "It's great because beyond 1975 I don't think we sat around and played acoustic guitar together. I think we can be thoughtful and reflective and get inside the songs as well as reflect the more juvenile energy of 'Is This Love' or 'Another Nail...'

"We've just got a wider palette to draw from now, which makes it really special."

Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St.

Tickets are sold out.

Call 734-761-1818 or visit theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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