Tilbrook explains to Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke that this is Squeeze's third reunion in its 40-plus-year career. He says after a few years of playing just the old songs, if the band was going to stay together, it had to start writing new music.
"We spent five years just paying tribute to ourselves without doing any new stuff," Tillbrook says. "I think we would have run out of steam had we not done something different and new. I think it's really important to test yourself as a writer and test yourself as a band and see if we can still do it. And we can."
"There's no doubt, that I think The Knowledge is the best record we've done, ever."
Squeeze's third album of new material since 2010, The Knowledge is as consistently creative and pleasantly surprising from Side One to Side Two as anything in the band's catalog.
The enduring chemistry between Tillbrook and Difford is particularly evident on the duo's in-studio acoustic performance of their new song "Innocence in Paradise."
You can watch the performance and the full interview above.
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Here's the music video for "Innocence in Paradise":