Squeeze hasn't released an album of new original material since 1998's Domino, but the band's resident singer/songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook say that likely will change in the not-too-distant future. In a recent interview with ABC News Radio, Difford revealed that the veteran U.K. pop-rock group's 2012 tour scheduled will be "interspersed" with "bits of recording."
Tilbrook adds that before Squeeze hits the studio, he's not planning to show any of his new tunes to his band mates.
"That way, what we can do as a band is to work out an arrangement for the thing," he explains. "That's what we used to do for the first few albums, and [I'd] very much like to do that again."
As for when Squeeze fans might be able to get their hands on the new record, Difford says, "The record will be done when it's ready. You know, it's not like in the old days when you had a record label and you had to have a record done for next March, let's say."
Difford does suggest, however, that it wouldn't be a bad idea to have the album ready next year to coincide with the group's 40th anniversary or the release of a planned BBC documentary.
Meanwhile, Squeeze recently released a limited-edition, two-LP vinyl album titled Live at the Fillmore. The collection, which also is available as a digital download, captures an August 2010 concert at the famed San Francisco venue.
Tilbrook tells ABC News Radio that he was extremely pleased with the group's performance that evening.
"The band were very, very well-rehearsed and drilled at that point and it was very exciting," he offered. "Just everything about that show went great, and I felt very lucky that we'd recorded it."
Difford says he believes a major reason why Squeeze played so well at the gig was that he and Tilbrook didn't tell the other members that the show was being recorded.
"It was kind of a clever way of not putting too much stress on the emphasis of recording," he maintains. "Sometimes when you're on stage you got a lot to think about, and if you're thinking about recording a live record too, it can add to the stress. So, there was none of that."
Squeeze will return to the U.S. for a summer tour that will kick off June 26 in Saratoga, California. The trek, which will be co-headlined by The B-52s, is scheduled to run through a July 19 show in Vienna, Virginia. Visit SqueezeOfficial.com to check out all the dates.
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