A quirky quintet with a penchant for atypical time signatures and jerky pop tunes, Dutch Uncles are carving a name for themselves amongst the current wash of Manchester bands. Following the release of their second album, 2011’s Cadenza, the band started to get more attention, as they toured extensively, mainly in the UK but including shows in Ireland. And now they’re back again, this time for the inaugural Camden Crawl Dublin. We caught up with them to find out what’s in store.
First of all, what’s with the name?
Well it’s a good to have a name so that people can associate your music to it and recognise you by one group name as opposed to listing off our five full names every time you wanted to drop us in conversation, or a blog.
Now we’ve got that out of the way, you played a show at the original Camden Crawl in London last year, how did that go?
From what I recall it was a lovely surprise, something of a hallmark moment from last year.
What are you looking forward most about playing at the Dublin version?
Just being in Dublin, and hopefully playing a good gig there. We were there a while back but forgot to tell anyone to come.
We apologise in advance for this question, but we have to ask – how would you describe Dutch Uncles to a punter who hasn’t heard you before? How are you going to knock their socks off in Dublin?
We’d like to be as good as Sparks. We’ll try and knock their socks off by trying to live up to that.
And while you’re at it, do you have any exciting live tricks up your sleeve – you’ve got a touch of prog-rock sensibility in your musical arrangements so grandiose prog showmanship, we hope – or what can we expect at a Dutch Uncles live show?
No capes, beards (albeit sometimes) or spaceship sized light shows. Just our music, played live, but faster.
You’re often referred to as highbrow, intelligent, or cerebral pop, which sounds a bit daunting. What makes your music that bit smarter?
I’m not sure its smarter, think that word is a bit loaded… we’ll settle for ‘ridiculous’.
How do you manage to juggle your King Crimson-esque shifting time signatures and proggy complex structures with the light-heartedness of pop?
That would be telling you something that we can’t really fathom ourselves.
Apparently, you’ve got a third album on the cards – as yet unnamed nor with a release date. Care to share any more details with us? Will us lucky Dubliners get a taster?
Certainly will, but I imagine it will all be new stuff to you Dubliners anyway.
Dutch Uncles play the Camden Crawl Dublin on 11th and 12th May, venues to be announced on the day. Tickets are on sale now priced €40 for the weekend, €25 per day.