In the Post #65: Dutch Uncles

By on Thursday, 22nd July 2010 at 12:00 pm

Forget London. Manchester and all its surrounding environs is where everything is happening now – Delphic, Egyptian Hip Hop, Everything Everything…and this band, Dutch Uncles.

As one can imagine, if you live in Manchester and are a musician, the desire to escape from the ghosts of your city’s celebrated musical past are a constant preoccupation. But hearing Dutch Uncles, I don’t think anyone can accuse this quintet of copying anyone, past or present. Huw Stephens of Radio1 had them round at Maida Vale last week for his ‘BBC Introducing…’ segment and I was really impressed with two tracks the band considers ‘old’ – ‘Face In’ and ‘Fragrant’. But best of all was their new single released on 31 May, ‘the Ink’.

The only band whose sound I draw a comparison with regards to this single is Field Music – and even then the comparison is tenuous (uh, prominent jangly piano sequence?). Lead singer Duncan Wallis’s voice is filled with innocence, in stark contrast to the up-tempo guitars, but somehow it all makes sense. ‘The Ink’ single is backed by an even more instrumentally frenetic track, ‘Creature’. I’m imagining they must be a fun band to watch live – I can’t be there but you can catch them on tour as support for Sky Larkin in September (tour dates here). If you go, let us know what you think.

Below you can watch a video of interview, live performance and promo clips of the band from early June.


You can purchase ‘The Ink’ single from 7digital here. The single includes ‘Creature’ and 3 remixes of ‘The Ink’.

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