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MP3 of the Day #320: Dutch Uncles

 
By on Thursday, 7th April 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Well, it was inevitable, wasn’t it? The title track of Dutch Uncles‘s forthcoming album on Memphis Industries, ‘Cadenza’, has been remixed by their fellow Marpleians and mates Delphic. While there is an angular dance vibe to the Dutch Uncles sound to begin with, Delphic’s take has made it dancefloor ready. Listen and download it below.

‘Cadenza’, the new album by Dutch Uncles, will be released on 25 April on Memphis Industries.

 

MP3 of the Day #300: Dutch Uncles

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 at 10:00 am
 

The Answering Machine just released their second album, ‘Lifeline’, yesterday on Heist or Hit. (You can read our review of ‘Lifeline’ here.) They remixed the song ‘Fragrant’ for their buddies Dutch Uncles, and we’re offering it up as a free download below. ‘Fragrant’ came out as a single last October (review here), with Dutch Uncles’s album ‘Cadenza’ slated for release in early May.

 

Single Review: Dutch Uncles – Face In

 
By on Wednesday, 9th February 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

I learned of Marple’s math rock band Dutch Uncles from a rather unlikely source and have since been voraciously eating up everything they’ve put out since. First there was ‘The Ink’. Then the ever salacious ‘Fragrant’, described matter-of-factly to me by singer Duncan Wallis in an interview last September as being about incest. As if in answer to my prayers, the band will be releasing a new album in April – no title as of yet – and we’ve gotten word of a new single, ‘Face In’, to be released on 28 February via Memphis Industries.

This is Dutch Uncles at their poppiest – and best – yet. The band – Wallis (vocals), Sped (guitar), Peter Broadhead (guitar), Robin Richards (bass) and Andy Proudfoot (drums) – sound tight on their recordings. ‘Face In’ is an example where the joyful music builds, jangly guitars noodling along and the drums not overwhelming but complementing Wallis’s lyrics perfectly. I don’t need to tell you it’s not common for a man to be singing about the problems of a woman. Unless of course the singer/writer has a romantic stake in this woman’s life (and I’m not getting that vibe here). I like the lyrics here a lot – they are simple, but they say an awful lot.

The words tell the sympathetic story of a female character who feels the need to put her ‘face’ on for her man. We’re not talking about the superficial putting on powder or applying her lipstick. This goes deeper than that. I find this absolutely heart-breaking, because I can relate to this – and come to think of it, I think everyone, whether you’re a man or a woman, can. We’ve all had instances in our life where we had to look and be perceived in a certain way, for our parents, for our better half, for our friends, for the people we work for. You can think of other situations, I’m sure.

Here’s a classic example: we put on ‘faces’ and look and act in particular ways in order to be attractive and hopefully find that one true soulmate, because we know we will be scrutinised; for better or worse, we as humans are judged – sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly – based on outward appearances. Think of having to slap on a happy face when you’re not happy. (I have a huge extended family and think back to all the times I was dragged to family outings – weddings, parties, you name it – and had to pretend I was enjoying myself when I really wasn’t.) It sounds simple enough but can be difficult if you’re upset. Wallis sings, “So I get my dress on / could I get my dress on? / and I put my face right? / and I put my face in?” There’s apprehension here. What if the ‘face’ you’ve put on doesn’t have the intended result – making the impression you thought you’d make, pleasing the person(s) it’s intended for? Now I’m curious if this woman’s worries get resolved in the new album…

9/10

Dutch Uncles will be on tour in the UK later this month. They are also scheduled to make an appearance at the inaugural Friends of Mine Festival just outside Manchester in May (preview on TGTF here).

Photo by Sebastian Matthes

 

Preview: The Great Escape 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 26th January 2011 at 11:00 am
 

The first batch of acts scheduled to perform at Brighton’s Great Escape have been announced. The preliminary bill posted on the official festival Web site lists TGTF favourites from St. Albans, Friendly Fires (pictured above), playing a headlining set at Brighton Dome. Other acts scheduled to perform include bands hotly tipped for big things in 2011 like Katy B, Warpaint and Brother, as well as acts we’ve written quite a bit about on TGTF like Dutch Uncles and Villagers.

The Great Escape takes place in various venues across Brighton, Thursday the 12th to Saturday the 14th of May 2011. Early bird tickets for the 3-day event are still available at the very reasonable price of £35 (valid for entrance to all non-Dome shows). It’s only an additional £6 ‘top-up’ from the festival wristband to gain access to Brighton Dome concerts. Visit the official Great Escape Web site for more ticket information.

The list of acts announced for the festival so far are listed under the cut.
Continue reading Preview: The Great Escape 2011

 

Dutch Uncles / February 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 1st December 2010 at 3:45 pm
 

Marple’s Dutch Uncles have announced a headlining tour of the UK for next February. Support on all dates will be Young British Artists. The band will also play a New to Q gig in late January with their fellow Marpleians Egyptian Hip Hop.

Thursday 27th January 2011 – London Bush Hall (New to Q gig with Egyptian Hip Hop)
Monday 21st February 2011 – Brighton Prince Albert
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 23rd February 2011 – Liverpool Shipping Forecast
Thursday 24th February 2011 – Nottingham Bodega Social
Friday 25th February 2011 – Birmingham Victoria
Saturday 26th February 2011 – Leeds A Nation of Shopkeepers
Sunday 27th February 2011 – Sunderland 7even
Monday 28th February 2011 – Glasgow King Tut’s

 

New to Q Sessions / January 2011

 
By on Thursday, 11th November 2010 at 9:00 am
 

The line-ups for the second annual New to Q Sessions, to take place at London’s Bush Hall in early 2011, have been announced. Five special shows have been scheduled for the week of the 24th to the 28th of January 2011. Though the presale already started on Tuesday, general tickets go on sale at 9 AM tomorrow (12th November). The bands playing are listed below; you’ll definitely recognise some TGTF favourites in there.

Monday 24th January 2011 – Funeral Party, Kid Adrift, Liz Lawrence
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Clare Maguire, Primary 1, Liam Bailey
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Noah and the Whale, Ben Howard, Alice Gold
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Egyptian Hip Hop, Dutch Uncles
Friday 28th January 2011 – The Pierces, Murray James, David Lyre

 
 
 

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