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Dutch Uncles

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With their intricate melodies, unexpected time signatures, and Duncan Wallis' yelping vocals, Dutch Uncles bring an arty twist to their fusion of indie and electro-pop. Drawing inspiration from influences as eclectic as Steve Reich and XTC, the band began as part of a wave of late-2000s Manchester-area acts proving that there was more to the city's music scene than laddish rock bands like Oasis. They did just that with their self-titled 2008 debut album, which spanned post-punk, indie disco, and Baroque pop and established their ambitions. Later, Dutch Uncles expanded and refined their style from album to album, emphasizing their chamber pop leanings on 2013's Out of Touch, In the Wild and returning to gritty rock on 2017's politically charged Big Balloon. When they returned with the deceptively smooth synth pop of 2023's True Entertainment, their drive to push things forward was as strong as ever. Singer/pianist Duncan Wallis, guitarists Pete Broadhead and Daniel Spedding, bassist Robin Richards, and drummer Andy Proudfoot began playing music together in college and were initially called Headlines. In April 2008, they officially became known as Dutch Uncles, and their first show under that name was taped by local television station Channel M. A recording of the gig made its way to Tapete Records, which signed the band and had them record at Cloud Hill Studios, located in a Hamburg warehouse. Late in 2008, Dutch Uncles' first single, "Face In," arrived a few months before the group's self-titled debut album. Appearing in October 2008, Dutch Uncles' nimble sound garnered favorable reviews as well as comparisons to the Futureheads and Vampire Weekend. The band returned in 2010 with the single Ink on the Love & Disaster imprint before signing to Memphis Industries, which released Dutch Uncles' second album, Cadenza, the following April. After performing at the Bestival and Latitude festivals in 2011 and supporting Wild Beasts on a tour of Europe and the U.K., the band began recording their third album. The 2012 single "Fester" offered the first taste of Dutch Uncles' more polished, streamlined direction on Out of Touch, In the Wild, a set of songs about addiction that appeared in early 2013. Following the record's release, the band toured Europe with Paramore. Dutch Uncles returned in 2015 with O Shudder, a set of songs about a "twentysomething everyman" that borrowed from the Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout, and Igor Stravinsky and fused classical and rock instrumentation. Soon after the album's release, Spedding left the group, and the remaining bandmembers began working on their fifth album. Inspired by their tour with Garbage as well as David Bowie's Low and Kate Bush's The Red Shoes, February 2017's Big Balloon tackled politics and corruption and featured some of their loudest, fastest songs to date. Later that year, Robin Richards was an artist in residence at Gefail Yr Ynys, a forge in North Wales where he composed several pieces. He also devoted time to writing pieces such as 2018's Rebellion and 2019's From the Crowd and issued his debut solo EP, Castel, which included some of the works from his residency. By 2022, Dutch Uncles were putting the finishing touches on their sixth album. Arriving in March 2023, True Entertainment drew from the sounds of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Roxy Music, and the Blue Nile for its poignant and playful meditations on the meaning of success.
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