Dutch Uncles Announce New Album, “Big Balloon,” and Share Title Track
Big Balloon Due Out February 17, 2017 via Memphis Industries
British art-pop quartet Dutch Uncles have announced a new album, Big Balloon, and shared its title track. Big Balloon is due out February 17, 2017 via Memphis Industries. Below you can listen to "Big Balloon," followed by the band's U.K. tour dates and the album's cover art.
The album is the follow-up to 2015's excellent O Shudder. A press release says the band took "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 [composer and bass player Robin] Richards while working in Ukraine this year."
Vocalist and lyricist Duncan Wallis had this to say about the album's title track: "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 harboring recently. We see it as the perfect distillation of everything we set out to achieve on the new record."
Richards added: "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."
Dutch Uncles Tour Dates:
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
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