Squarepusher reveals more album details

By | Published on Friday 10 September 2010

Squarepusher, aka Tom Jenkinson, has revealed some more details about his upcoming new album, ‘d’Demontrator’, which is billed as “Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One” and is due for release through Warp on 18 Oct.

The musician said: “Shobaleader One is my band. Last summer a bunch of kids got in contact with me. They were talking about forming an ensemble, which I thought was a ridiculous idea but I was impressed by their perseverance so we met up. Their idea was that they wanted the ‘fantasy group’ I had written about in connection with [previous studio album] ‘Just A Souvenir’ to become a real entity that would record and tour. So we had a go at doing some recording and the story so far is documented on this record”.

He’s not letting on who these people are, though: “Basically a bunch of people who you may or may not have heard of from other bands and projects. Part of their idea is that this music is a completely clean break with whatever they’ve done in the past so I’m not allowed to mention any names. I can tell you that they are pretty frightening players”.

As for why, after so many years, he has chosen to work with other musicians, rather than alone, he said: “I always thought that a band would be a limiting thing. I’ve got very used to being able to make music by programming or playing without having to explain anything to anyone, and I assumed it would slow everything down if I had to. Actually it has made it quicker because I’m not trying to be four people simultaneously any more. I’m not over-explaining anything to them as they’ve got strong ideas of their own and I want to hear that in the final results”.

Jenkinson said that he’s also been discussion with Outkast’s Andre 3000, a long term Squarepusher fan, about a possible collaboration.

Watch the video for album track, ‘Megazine’, here:

The album’s full tracklist is this:

Plug Me In
Laser Rock
Into The Blue
Frisco Wave
Abstract Lover
Endless Night
Cryptic Motion
Maximum Planck