Taken from their 15th studio album, The Knowledge, ‘Rough Ride’ is the new single from Squeeze, and its an ode to the current state of the welfare state, the health service, and a lament to living in the capital (it features the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir and the Thorntree School Choir) in these times of austerity. Never have Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford sounded so politicized. Of the track, Chris Difford comments, “As I listen to this now I can’t get over how well the band are sparking, it’s a well-tuned engine at its best. Glenn wrote this one and I’m pleased that he did, it’s something I would have found difficult to convey with such accuracy. Simon plays some wonderful drums on this while Stephen leans to the soul of the song.”
Track itself shuffles and sways around a lazy funk background, Tilbrook and Gifford casting their songwriting spell on the track, throwing in slide guitar, brass lines and a healthy dose of piano as well as the choirs to add to the experience, without it ever sounding like too much. Still on top form, after all this time.
Check it out, here