Squeeze were the fabric of a sound of the 80s who stamped ground for 2 phenomenal songwriters then and now. Formed March 1974 in Deptford, South London, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook – both lead vocalists and guitarists in the own right – struck up a songwriting partnership whereby the former scribed the lyrics while the latter composed the music. Their genius-in-waiting was subsequently incorporated into a group format as the pair recruited said ace pianist Jools Holland, and, in turn, bassist Harry Kakoulli (a free transfer from Englands Glory) and drummer Paul Gunn.
The UK new-wave hitmakers returned two years ago with ‘Cradle To The Grave’ their first album in 17 years. Their new album ‘The Knowledge’ offers up another dozen examples of high quality Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook song craft and is the perfect curtain raiser for a massive UK, US & Australian tour.
Two years from the critically acclaimed Top 20 success of ‘Cradle To The Grave’ the bands first set of new songs this century, ‘The Knowledge’ sees the band broaden yet again their musical canvas, as evident on the opening track “Innocence In Paradise”.
Squeeze are still much part of the fabric of South London, their hometown heritage, such an integral part of the group’s DNA since seventies hits like “Up The Junction”, “Cool For Cats” and “Slap And Tickle” follows through the album as resolutely as the mighty majestic Thames.