Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Men From Uncle

You don't need me to tell you that Manchester's huge musical legacy (Take That, the Ting Tings and some lesser-known groups such as the Happy Mondays, the Smiths and New Order) has cast something of a pall over the city's creativity in recent years.  And while I'd happily accede to the notion that Peter Hook has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants in his hometown, even I can sometimes get a bit tired of the endless recycling of the city's glory days.

Of course, there is genuine new activity going on if you look hard enough.  Some of the brightest lights are Dutch Uncles.  I loved their last LP, Cadenza, and the new one sounds like it will be even better if the lead single, Fester, is anything to go by.  Sounding like a cross between the late, lamented Clor and 70s Canterbury scene bands, they'll appeal to anyone that likes skewed pop and difficult time signatures.  Check them out below.

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