Squid are riding high off the release of their acclaimed debut album Bright Green Field back in May, and they’ll be riding that high over to the States for their first ever US tour – which happens to be sold out – starting next week. As a celebration of this, the band have shared a cover of “America!” by one of their heroes, Bill Callahan.
Singing drummer Ollie Judge says: “Earlier in the year we went to Otterhead Studios in the midlands to do some recording as we emerged from lockdown 2.0. We decided to cover some of our favourite tunes and one of them was ‘America!’ by Bill Callahan. We didn’t think that this cover would see the light of day, but we wanted to release something special just in time for us heading over to tour the USA.”
While Squid’s “America!” stays fairly faithful to the original, it’s certainly imbued with their own style. The early verses are not quite as fluid as Callahan’s, instead they lurch and limp nicely alongside Judge’s more wide-eyed vocal delivery. It’s all a big build up to the final drop, which Squid do in their customary fashion, full of sonic fireworks and full-throated singing.
Take a listen to Squid’s “America!” below or on streaming platforms.
Tue. Nov. 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s – SOLD OUT Wed. Nov. 10 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge – SOLD OUT Thu. Nov. 11 – Brooklyn NY, @ Baby’s All Right – SOLD OUT Fri. Nov. 12 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern – SOLD OUT Sat. Nov. 13 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT Sun. Nov. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT Tue. Nov. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge – SOLD OUT Wed. Nov. 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge – SOLD OUT Fri. Nov. 19 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room – SOLD OUT Sat. Nov. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – SOLD OUT Mon. Nov. 22 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir – SOLD OUT Tue. Nov. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile – SOLD OUT Sat. Nov. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Substance
Wed. Jan. 26 – Belfast, UK @ Empire Music Hall Thu. Jan 27 – Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh Fri. Jan. 28 – Cork, IE @ Cyprus Avenue Sun. Jan. 30 – Dublin, IE @ The Button Factory Mon. Jan. 31 – Dublin, IE @ The Button Factory Sat. March 26 – Bristol, UK @ Ritual Union Bristol Sun. June 5 – Sun. June 12 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Fri. Aug. 5 – Sun. Aug. 7 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival Wed. Aug. 17 – Sat. Aug. 20 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival