While it is still early into 2013, I already have a pick for one of the best albums of the year. Out of Touch in the Wild, the new release by Dutch Uncles is a monster record. Take a listen to the first single Flexxin and you will have no doubts that the band are in absolute top form. Excited to see what Dutch Uncles have planned next, AMBY spoke to guitarist Daniel “Sped” Spedding about going to new countries, Chad Kroeger and his constipated voice, and eating 7 burgers in a day.
AMBY: The band always seems to evolve, yet maintain its distinct sound. What are three words that will always describe the band?
Dutch Uncles: A new one some magazine or something coined was ‘Crystalline Pop’, I think the video for Fester had a lot to do with this but just goes to show how fitting that was, I hope it sticks. Wonky/Jagged seem to stick with us through reviews as well, two good words also.
AMBY: You have just released your new record Out of Touch in the Wild. Which tracks are you most pleased with?
Dutch Uncles: My personal favourites are Bellio and Godboy. Bellio in my opinion is Dutch Uncles to the max (for now). The combination of synths, pounding intricate bass arguing with guitar riffs throughout along with the relentless piano line, squeaky tight drums and (as i state later) some of my favourite vocal moments. Godboy shows a softer side without having to go all epic and airy fairy like some bands do.
AMBY: The focus on songwriting is evident, was that a conscious decision or did things just unfold on their own?
Dutch Uncles: Song writing has always been very important to us, guess we’re just learning and developing our craft as we go. Robin writes the music and we play through it in rehearsal tweaking here and there. We couldn’t really play much of this album until we actually got it into the studio in Wales, I guess it unfolded itself there. We were always planning on having strings and piano/vibes/marimba. It’s hard to practice with all these things when your rehearsal room is about as big as an Aygo.
AMBY: Flexxin is a wonderful song, what is the story behind it?
Dutch Uncles: We played with (definitely supported) Prince at Hop Farm Festival shortly after our last album came out – collectively we were all in shock at how ridiculously good he was. I think there and then we just said, let’s write something Princey. Flexxin was the result.
AMBY: What does the band have planned next?
Dutch Uncles: We are heading out on tour around the UK around about now, shows are selling out which is very exciting so we have so far announced our second show in London for May, it’ss be our biggest headline show to date at the Scala. Looking forward to hitting the festival circuits again this year, apart from that… we’ll just take what’s thrown at us.
AMBY: Are there any new bands that you would recommend our readers check out?
Dutch Uncles: Winger.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Dutch Uncles: Seeing my Mum kick Will Young in Manchester ‘Night and Day’ because he burnt her with a fag. Light My Fire Will, not my Mum.
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
Dutch Uncles: Anything by Nickelback. I think it’s possible but they can often take you by surprise when you least expect it.
AMBY: Which Dutch Uncles lyric is your favourite and why?
Dutch Uncles: “Do my feet go on?” Bellio. It rolls off the tongue well, and I guess the fact it questions what you’re capable of, do you have what it takes to “make it?” I ask myself this a lot.
AMBY: Who do you wish would just go away?
Dutch Uncles: Chad Kroeger and his constipated voice.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Dutch Uncles: The album seems to be going well so far (touch wood) but we’re just a few weeks in . We’re all excited at the prospect of going to new countries again this year, getting out to the places we’ve never been before and making new friends/fans.
AMBY: And lastly, tell me something about Dutch Uncles that nobody knows yet.
Dutch Uncles: I once ate 7 burgers in a day and then spent the next 8 months on a diet. It was a low point.
Check out Flexxin below! And lastly, thank you very much Dutch Uncles, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout