Dutch Uncles

Dutch Uncles

Manchester’s idiosyncratic art-popologists and Silent Radio firm favourites Dutch Uncles return with Big Balloon, their new studio album, on 17th February via Memphis Industries.

Today, the band shares one of the new album’s standout tracks Oh Yeah which features backing vocals from Stealing Sheep and Everything Everything.

Frontman Duncan Wallis explains the positive sentiment behind the track – “as soon as you are back to emotional zero, BAM! Opportunity knocks. Perhaps not in the way you thought it would, but a connection all the same, and the realisation genuinely carefree times are right there in your palm.

Constantly moving guitar and bass lines run throughout,” expands composer Robin Richards. “As well as aiming to write the fastest Dutch Uncles song to date, I wanted to experiment with subtle key changes guided by erratic synth stabs, contrasted with legato string lines.”

Taking musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some other slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads and the eastern European techno discovered by Richards while working in Ukraine last year, the subjects tackled on Big Balloon include austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness. It’s the fifth Dutch Uncles studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed O Shudder.

Dutch Uncles recently announced a tour for 2017, bringing their unique art-pop manoeuvres to UK venues. The run culminates in two special nights at London’s Village Underground and Manchester’s Dancehouse Theatre (on 13th and 15th March, respectively).

18 February – Manchester, Piccadilly Records (instore / outstore) @ Old Granada Studios
20 February – Nottingham, Rough Trade (instore)
21 February – London Rough Trade East (instore)
22 February – Bristol, Rise (instore)
01 March – Edinburgh, Electric Circus
02 March – Newcastle, The Cluny
03 March – Leeds, The Wardrobe
04 March – Nottingham, Bodega
06 March – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
07 March – Sheffield, The Plug
08 March – Oxford, O2 Academy2
09 March – Bristol, Fleece
11 March – Brighton, The Haunt
12 March – Southampton, Talking Heads
13 March – London, Village Underground
15 March – Manchester, Dancehouse Theatre
All tickets now available from the band’s official website.

You can listen to Dutch Uncles talking to Silent Radio on our weekly radio show from back in 2015 here.

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