"We haven't been to Minneapolis for a few years, I'm quite looking forward to it," says Squeeze's Chris Difford. "A friend who makes my guitars lives there." Difford and his songwriting partner Glenn Tilbrook have been the only consistent members of the seminal new-wave band, though former members come, go, and come back again. Aside from Pet Shop Boys and Madness, you'd be hard pressed to find a more English band. "I think you're absolutely right we are very English; that's always been the case. We've always been mentioned in the same breath as the Kinks, and that's all fine, I don't mind," Difford says. The band hasn't recorded a new album in a dozen years, but after a U.K. tour in the fall that will change. The songwriting methodology may also be different. "In my solo stuff I write about stuff that affects me," Difford explains, "and stuff that's more personal and autobiographical. I'm looking forward to writing with Glenn again and seeing where it takes us." In the meantime, the group will release Spot the Difference, a reworking of their classic numbers, on August 3. The live show, too, features all of their well-known tracks. "Every hit you can get into an hour-and-15-minute set." With the English Beat. All ages.
Thu., July 22, 7:30 p.m., 2010