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DUTCH UNCLES Live at Old Granada Studios was recorded in 2017 at Low Four Studio, also Our label Memphis Industries has made all our releases available digitally for pay what you like across this weekend. If there are any gaps missing in your Dutch Uncles collection Now Is Your Chance!


A live set, recorded at Old Granada Studios for Low Four, in front of a live studio audience in February 2017. It includes our cover of Stay by our faves The Blue Nile
released April 30th, 2020

Out Of Touch In The Wild is the sound of the Dutch Uncles hitting their stride confidently, striking out on their own in fascinating new directions and it lays down an early, compelling gauntlet for 2013.
released January 14th, 2013

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Manchester’s idiosyncratic art-popologists Dutch Uncles return with “Big Balloon”, their new studio album, on 17th February 2017 on Memphis Industries.

Big Balloon is the latest chapter in Dutch Uncles’ brilliantly witty, hip-swiveling, left-field adventures. Taking musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads and East European techno, it’s the fifth Dutch Uncles studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed “O Shudder”.
Functioning as ten distinct pieces, each tackling a different topic, including austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness, Big Balloon is Dutch Uncles’ finest album to date, taking listeners on an exhilarating cerebral journey.

Image of Ryan Adams - Prisoner

Mixing the heartfelt angst of a singer/songwriter with the brashness of a garage rocker, Ryan Adams is at once one of the few artists to emerge from the alt-country scene to achieve mainstream commercial success and the one who most strongly refused to be defined by the genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically while following his increasingly prolific muse.
On new album “Prisoner”, Ryan has said: “I was reflecting on the different states of desire and what it means to be a prisoner of your own desire… I felt like I had been robbed of… the most valuable thing in a person’s life…Time.”

The twelve tracks that make up Prisoner came to Adams over a prolific period stretching back as far as the week his 2014 self-titled album entered the U.S. album chart at a career high of #4. During that run, Adams toured the world, recorded and released both his Live at Carnegie Hall collection and full-album cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989,

Image of Tim Darcy - Saturday Night

‘Saturday Night’, the first proper solo album from Tim Darcy (Ought), comes from one of those crossroads-type moments in life where one has to walk to the edge before knowing which way to proceed. Each track is woven to the next in a winding, complex journey through a charged, continuous present. There are love / love lost songs like the standout, almost-New Wave ‘Still Waking Up’ in which a Smiths-esque melody builds upon an underbrush that recalls 60s AM pop and country.

Darcy’s unmistakable, commanding voice and lyrical phrasing are, as they are in Ought, an instrument here – vital to the entire affair. There’s a line in ‘Tall Glass Of Water’, the album’s Velvet Underground-nodding opening track, where Darcy asks himself a rhetorical question: “if at the end of the river, there is more river, would you dare to swim again?” He barely pauses before the answer: “Yes, surely I will stay, and I am not afraid. I went under once, I’ll go under once again.” That river shows up again and again in the lyrics of ‘Saturday Night’. It’s about how wonderful it can be to feel in touch with that inner current. It’s about how good it feels to make art and how terrifying; how you don’t always get to choose whether you’re swimming or drowning as we grow and move through life, just that you’re going to keep diving in.

Image of The Underground Youth - What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?

What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This? (Released 15/02/17) is the eighth LP from Berlin-via-Manchester based psych/post-punk outfit The Underground Youth, and it’s arguably their most accomplished yet. Perhaps what is most exceptional about The Underground Youth is their ability to create a brooding melting pot of Berlin chillwave, post-punk, folk, goth and shoegaze but delivered with a dreamy pop sensibility. With a huge back-catalogue that’s collectively clocked up several million listens from a dedicated global following, Craig Dyer and co have acquired a cult-like status and have consistently been at the forefront of neo-psychedelia since their inception. The band will be heading out on an extensive 25-date EU tour in support of the new LP

Image of Strand Of Oaks - Hard Love

Hard Love, Tim Showalter’s latest release as Strand of Oaks, is a record that explores the balancing act between overindulgence and accountability. Recounting Showalter’s decadent tour experiences, his struggling marriage, and the near death of his younger brother, Hard Love emanates an unabashed, raw, and manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. “For me, there are always two forces at work: the side that’s constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and the side that’s naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It’s about finding a place where neither side is compromised, only elevated.”

During some much-needed downtime following the release of his previous album, HEAL, Showalter began writing Hard Love and found himself in a now familiar pattern of tour exhaustion, chemically-induced flashbacks, and ongoing domestic turmoil. Drawing from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane’s Addiction, and informed by a particularly wild time at Australia’s Boogie Festival, he sought to create a record that would merge all of these influences while evoking something new and visceral. Showalter’s first attempt at recording the album led to an unsatisfying result—a fully recorded version of Hard Love that didn’t fully achieve the ambitious sounds he heard in his head. He realized that his vision for the album demanded collaboration, and enlisted producer Nicolas Vernhes, who helped push him into making the most fearless album of his career.

We’re holding an album launch party and playing a short set at Low Four, the studio where we recorded Big Balloon. Taking place the evening of 18th February, pre-order Big Balloon or any of our albums from Piccadilly Records to snag a place. There’s very limited spaces so don’t hang around.

Alternatively, we’ve put together deluxe ‘Big Balloon’ packages for you available over at We have exclusive clear 180g vinyl LP or CD, which you can preorder with a limited edition t-shirt, a set of four signed postcards and your very own (little) big balloon. All orders come with the title track as an instant download, and will also receive the full album as a download on the day or release.

We’re delighted to announce our new album, ‘Big Balloon’ comes out on 17th February, and equally delighted that you can hear the title track right now:


‘Big Balloon’ is available to preorder from on CD, clear vinyl plus deluxe CD and LP packages featuring an exclusive t shirt, four signed post cards and a ‘Big Balloon’ balloon. All orders come with an instant download of the title track. The album is also available to preoder from iTunes ( and Amazon (

Dutch Uncles are on tour throughout the UK next March

Following the release of their newest album “O Shudder, released by Memphis Industries earlier this week, Dutch Uncles have recently shared their quirky music video for their new single, “Decided Knowledge.”.
The video, directed by Plastic Zoo, stars a puppet version of lead singer Duncan Wallis, or more aptly dubbed, “Muncan.” “Muncan” will undoubtedly elicit a few chuckles as he mimics the real life Wallis’ dance moves, lip-syncs, and pops up all over the Welsh coastal town of Llandudno. The song itself is undeniably catchy and highly reminiscent of classic, dance-y ’80s pop.
are currently under way on their “In N Out Store Tour” with the following U.K. dates still left to play:

February 28 – Jumbo Records, Leeds outstore at A Nation of Shopkeepers
March 1 – Pop Recs Ltd, Sunderland

Additionally, Dutch Uncles have a busy schedule of regular U.K. gigs lined up this Spring:

26 March 2015 – The Sugarmill, Stoke
27 March 2015 – The Ritz, Manchester
10 April 2015 – Koko, London
24 April 2015 – Belfast, Limelight 2
25 April 2015 – Dublin, Workman’s Club


Dutch Uncles will release their fourth studio LP, “O Shudder”, at the end of the month, and we’ve already heard three of the record’s songs, “Drips,” “Decided Knowledge,” and “In N Out.” Today, the Manchester-based band dropped a fourth single, which means that we will have heard nearly half of the 11-track album prior to its release date. “Be Right Back” is both fidgety and soulful, and its crowning moment arrives about a minute in when lead vocalist Duncan Wallis yelps the word “escalator.” The way he emphasizes the first “e” is inexplicably satisfying.


Dutch Uncles have shared a new track from their forthcoming album, ‘O Shudder’. ‘Decided Knowledge’ is the second track to be revealed from the Manchester group’s fourth album, and follows on from its earlier single ‘In and Out’, which was revealed back in October. ‘O Shudder’ gets released on 22nd February via Memphis Industries.


With ‘Decided Knowledge’, the group take a left turn from the overtly funky previous track and offer a wonky, off-kilter number. Blending new wave and 80’s pop sensibilities, the track is driven by its bubbly keys and slashing guitar riffs, that place both an oblique and introspective spin on the lyrics.


Dutch Uncles new release album titled “O Shudder” is the follow-up to “Out of Touch in the Wild”, which was released in January 2013. The five-piece, who have previously supported acts including Paramore and Everything Everything on tour, will mark the album’s release with their largest UK and Ireland shows to date in March and April. Dutch Uncles will perform at the following venues:

March 26 – Stoke, Sugarmill
March 27 – Manchester, The Ritz
April 10 – London, Koko
April 24 – Belfast, Limelight 2
April 25 – Dublin, Workman’s Club

“O Shudder” by Dutch Uncles is out on February 23rd through Memphis Industries.





with a few live shows in London and Manchester announced for next year. plus a new album to be  released in mid February titled “O’Shudder” as usual sheer pop art perfection from this pure british Indie Rock Band, knwn for their use of atypical time signatures