Marple’s finest, Dutch Uncles , begin their UK tour this week in support of their splendid new album Big Balloon. The new album represents a return to the more angular, syncopated approach of their earlier albums that was put to one side for 2015’s equally splendid, but more sedate, O Shudder. The colder euro-techo feel of the new offering is still underpinned by an irresistible funky approach, epitomised by Streetlight:
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 eastern European techno discovered by Richards while working in Ukraine this year, the subjects tackled on Big Balloon include austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness.
The band are a favourite at Brumlive Towers, with previous reviews in Leicester and Kings Heath, with this writer showing his allegiance “Sometimes it is just a sheer pleasure to turn up and see a band. They are as happy to play as their audience is to see and hear them. Dutch Uncles are like this. You get the feeling that they would put everything into it if they were invited to play in your front room.” We hope to add another review at Hare and Hounds on 6th March.
Dutch Uncles are Duncan Wallis, Robin Richards, Peter Broadhead and Andrew Proudfoot. Big Balloon is available to pre-order on limited edition clear 180gm vinyl and CD from the band’s website at www.dutchuncles.co.uk and iTunes. All orders come with an instant download of lead single “Big Balloon”.
Dutch Uncles 2017 TOUR
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 available from the band’s official website.