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Dutch Uncles are an English indie pop band from Marple. They are known for their use of atypical time signatures within a pop context, and the androgynous vocals of frontman Duncan Wallis.[1] Their influences include Kate Bush, King Crimson, Steve Reich, XTC, and Talking Heads.[2]

Dutch Uncles
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Dutch Uncles performing at Edinburgh Castle, August 2015
Background information
OriginMarple, Stockport, England
GenresIndie pop
Math rock
New prog
Art rock
Years active2008–present
LabelsTapete Records (GER)
Love and Disaster (UK)
Memphis Industries (UK)
MembersDuncan Wallis
Peter Broadhead
Robin Richards
Andy Proudfoot
Past membersDaniel Spedding


Originally from Marple, the band started playing together in college.[3] They became Dutch Uncles in April 2008, and in early 2009 released their self-titled debut album in Germany with Tapete Records,[4] recorded at Cloud Hill Studios in Hamburg.[5]

The band returned in 2010 with their UK debut single "The Ink", released through independent record label Love & Disaster on 31 May 2010.[6] Soon after, they signed to London label Memphis Industries and released the single "Fragrant" on 1 November 2010.[7] The band's second album entitled Cadenza was released on 25 April 2011.[8] The band toured the UK throughout 2011 including appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals and stage headline slots at Bestival and Latitude, followed by a European and UK support tour with Wild Beasts.[9]

Their third album, Out of Touch In The Wild, was released on 14 January 2013.[10] The following summer the band supported American rock band Paramore on their European tour.[11] Paramore guitarist Taylor York cited Dutch Uncles as an inspiration for their 2013 album.[12]

The band released their fourth album, O Shudder, on 23 February 2015. They played their biggest headline shows to date at the Koko in London and The Ritz in Manchester in spring 2015. In autumn 2015, the band supported Garbage on the European leg of their 20 Years Queer anniversary tour.

In February 2017, the band released their fifth album, Big Balloon.[13] The release coincided with a 12-date UK tour and an appearance at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. They made their first appearances at the Glastonbury Music Festival in June 2017.


  • Pete Broadhead – Guitar, marimba (2008–present)
  • Andy Proudfoot – Drums (2008–present)
  • Robin Richards – Bass guitar (2008–present)
  • Duncan Wallis – Lead vocals, piano (2008–present)

Touring membersEdit

  • Henry Broadhead – Synthesisers, percussion (2015–present)
  • Neil Wright – Guitar (2015–present)

Former membersEdit

  • Daniel Spedding – Guitar (2008–2015)


Studio albumsEdit

Dutch Uncles - Cadenza album cover
TitleRecord labelRelease date UK peak chart position
Dutch Uncles
Tapete Records
16 February 2009
Memphis Industries
25 April 2011
Out of Touch in the Wild
Memphis Industries
14 January 2013
O Shudder
Memphis Industries
23 February 2015
Big Balloon
Memphis Industries
17 February 2017


TitleRecord labelRelease date
Cadenza B-Sides
Memphis Industries
21 June 2011
Godboy EP
Memphis Industries
17 January 2013
Bellio EP
Memphis Industries
29 April 2013


Title Record label Release date Album
"Face In" Tapete Records December 2008 Dutch Uncles
"Steadycam" Tapete Records March 2009
"OCDUC" Love & Disaster January 2010 Cadenza
"The Ink" Love & Disaster May 2010
"Fragrant" Memphis Industries November 2010
"Face In" (re-release) Download Only February 2011
"Cadenza" Memphis Industries 2 May 2011 Cadenza
"X-O" Memphis Industries 4 July 2011
"The Ink" (re-release) Memphis Industries September 2011
"Fester" Memphis Industries November 2012 Out of Touch in the Wild
"Flexxin" Memphis Industries January 2013
"Slave To The Atypical Rhythm" (RSD release) Memphis Industries April 2013
"Bellio" Memphis Industries May 2013 Out of Touch in the Wild
"Nometo" Memphis Industries September 2013
"In n Out" Memphis Industries December 2014 O Shudder
"Decided Knowledge" Memphis Industries March 2015
"Upsilon" Memphis Industries May 2015
"Big Balloon" Memphis Industries January 2017 Big Balloon
"Oh Yeah" Memphis Industries February 2017
"Streetlight" Memphis Industries June 2017


  1. ^ Paul Lester. "New band of the day – No 691: Dutch Uncles | Music". Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Dutch Uncles". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  3. ^ "BBC - Dutch Uncles and Delphic put Marple on the music map". BBC News. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Manchester - Introducing - Dutch Uncles – Dutch Uncles (Tapete Records)". BBC. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Dutch Uncles | Artist | Clash Magazine". Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Dutch Uncles – The Ink | The Pigeon Post". Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Music News from THE FLY - The UK's most popular music magazine". The Fly. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Music - Review of Dutch Uncles - Cadenza". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Dutch Uncles announce new single and tour with Wild Beasts". Shout4Music. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Dutch Uncles Return With New Album | News | Clash Magazine". Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Rockhal: Dutch Uncles To Support Paramore". 13 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Paramore cite Dutch Uncles, Alt J and Frank Ocean as influences on new album | News". Nme.Com. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
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