Squid share new single Swing (In A Dream), announce second album O Monolith, reveal UK tour dates

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Brighton post-punk quintet Squid will release their second album O Monolith on June 9. As an early preview of the record, the band have shared the collection's first single, Swing (In A Dream).

Squid say that the song was inspired by a dream singer/drummer Ollie Judge had about Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s painting, The Swing.

"In my dream, I was in the painting," Judge reveals, "but it was flooded and everything was floating away."

The video for Swing (In A Dream) was directed by Yoonha Park and features friends and family of the band.

“I was interested in exploring visual ideas from Where’s Waldo, [children's book author] Richard Scarry and [Flemish painter, Pieter] Brueghel as a means to express anxieties about the climate crisis,” says Park.

Watch the video below: 

The tracklist for O Monolith is:

1. Swing (In A Dream
2. Devil’s Den
3. Siphon Song
4. Undergrowth
5. The Blades
6. After The Flash
7. Green Light
8. If You Had Seen The Bull’s Swimming Attempts You Would Have Stayed Away

The band have also announced an autumn UK tour. The tour dates are:

Oct 13: Bristol, SWX
Oct 14: Bristol, SWX
Oct 16: Birmingham, Town Hall
Oct 17: Leeds, O2 Academy
Oct 18: Manchester, New Century
Oct 21: Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
Oct 22: Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Nov 01: London, Troxy

Fans who pre-order O Monolith before noon on February 13 on Squid's website will get first access to tickets ahead of a general sale on February 16.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.