DUTCH UNCLES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND SHARE EPONYMOUS LEAD SINGLE “BIG BALLOON”
SINGLE PREMIERED TODAY BY LAUREN LAVERNE ON BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
BIG BALLOON LP RELEASED 17TH FEBRUARY 2017 ON MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES
UK TOUR CONFIRMED FOR MARCH 2017
Dutch Uncles have today announced details of Big Balloon, a new studio album anticipated 17th February 2017 on Memphis Industries. The album’s heralded by an eponymous single which was premiered this morning as the Just Added track on Lauren Laverne‘s BBC Radio 6 Music show.
Vocalist and lyricist Duncan Wallis: “The song has a simple message: to be content with who you are. If you need help with that, then don’t be ashamed or frustrated. If other people appear to be doing a better job at being you than you then it means that that’s not you. And that’s okay too.”
“As soon as recording began, it felt like the perfect response to the feelings of abandonment we’d been harbouring recently. We see it as the perfect distillation of everything we set out to achieve on the new record.”
Composer and bass player Robin Richards:“The song helped steer the direction of the songs written afterwards which became the album Big Balloon. It reminded us of the potency of the electric guitar, and brought them back as focal instruments on the record.”
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 this 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).
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 now available from the band’s official website.
Dutch Uncles are Duncan Wallis, Robin Richards, Peter Broadhead and Andrew Proudfoot. Big Balloon is available to pre-order now on limited-edition clear 180gm vinyl from Dutch Uncles and digitally via iTunes, both with instant downloads of the track “Big Balloon.” Deluxe versions of the album come with limited edition t-shirt, four signed postcards and your own big little balloon.