I’d like to say there was an incredible story behind the name but unfortunately there’s nothing too exciting. We’re actually named after a play by Simon Gray called Dutch Uncle.
Duncan also competed against our original band in the last year of high school at a talent show. We came third, he didn’t place. Ha, but he was drumming and his band was called ‘Dutch Uncle’ so the names always been in the back of our heads. We added an S to the end and away we went.
Your debut UK album is due out next year, how different is it going to be compared to your first?
With the first album it was literally a case of getting signed and were thrown a date where we would fly to Germany and record the album. So literally the 10 songs we thought were the best at the time went on there.
Since that came out late 2008/early 2009 we have been writing and writing and writing, putting together a more mature sounding album song by song. We have spent so much longer in the studio working with producers and throwing ideas around all the time. Each song has it’s own A3 sheet on the wall and things get written on and marked off continuously. We started demoing the album ourselves with the intent to shop it around afterwards and Memphis Industries came in half way and took us on which was nice.
Sound wise you can expect more piano, violin, mallet instruments, rhodes, maybe even a piccolo. Bigger chorus’, chunkier verses and alot more dynamics. Oh and links between songs. One thing we really want to do, join songs together and have nice non silenced transitions.
You’ve toured with the likes of The Futureheads, Bombay Bicycle Club, Everything Everything- who have been your favourite/least favourite to tour with?
The bands current taste in music varies. 2 of us are listening to lots of hip hop and the rest share an even mix of minimalism and alternative indie and maths prog pop etc. King Crimson to Talking Heads to Jethro Tull to XTC.
Fragrant is out on Memphis records on 1st November!