Manchester based indie rock/electro-art rock band Dutch Uncles have announced the release of their long-awaited sixth studio album ‘True Entertainment‘.
The follow-up to 2017’s album Big Balloon, will be out on March 10, 2023 via Memphis Industries. Pre-order your copy here.
The title was a DJ name bestowed upon vocalist Duncan Wallis by guitarist Peter Broadhead. Wallis, an in-demand DJ and compare in his native city, wrote the acid house and Sign O’ The Times-era Prince-influenced title track and lead single when reflecting on the awkwardness he sometimes feels when he’s recognised as the singer in a band while working one of his many public-facing jobs.
The band have also shared the album’s title track “True Entertainment” with a music video, shot at Droylsden Working Men’s Club. Interestingly, the video features a live vocal taped on set and mixed with the studio recording, intended as an homage to the art of live entertainment.
“I know too well myself the mountainous task these poor sods have, and the mental gymnastics required to envision it being remotely successful, so in a way, this pays tribute to the craft. I was determined to fashion a goatee beard for the shoot, to separate myself from the character – it is a character. But I was mortified to see myself in the gold suit, immediately understanding Elvis’ pain.” – Duncan Wallis on “True Entertainment”
“When I was researching Elvis’ gold suit, I found that he actually really hated it and only wore it two or three times. I think the idea of a job that’s meant to bring joy to people’s hearts being really tiring – and sometimes even hateful – really intriguing. I think people can relate to that.” – Nick Middleton (video director) on “True Entertainment”
Dutch Uncles have also announced a UK tour for April 2023 in support of True Entertainment, which includes headline dates at The Garage, London (21st April) and at the new Canvas venue in their hometown of Manchester (22nd April).
About Dutch Uncles and True Entertainment:
Taking inspiration from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Steely Dan, Ennio Morricone, The Blue Nile, Kate Bush and Roxy Music, “True Entertainment behaves like it knows it’s been away for some time, and doesn’t apologise for that,” jokes vocalist and lyricist Duncan Wallis. “Ultimately, it’s written with the mindset that on our sixth album, we’re only in competition with ourselves when it comes to finding satisfaction in our craft.”
True to this mantra, True Entertainment bears some of the most delightfully fun Dutch Uncles music to date; paired with some of their most existential and introspective lyrics. What is success? Am I enough? How can I better? (and can I even afford to be better?).
While Robin Richards remains Dutch Uncles’ principle composer, the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 prompted other members to contribute musical ideas: the result being their most collaborative album to date.
Friends, Jonathan Higgs (of Everything Everything) and Anna Prior (of Metronomy) were recruited as guest vocalists on future singles.
This is evidenced further by Henry Broadhead and Neil Wright (live synth player and live guitarist, respectively) stepping up to production duties alongside the band themselves. Henry Broadhead also mixed the album with Andrew Proudfoot, and it was mastered by Matt Colton (Pet Shop Boys, Christine and the Queens et al).
Check out the album’s tracklist and watch the video for “True Entertainment“, below.
True Entertainment Tracklisting:
- True Entertainment
- Tropigala (2 to 5)
- Exit Row
- I’m Not Your Dad
- Deep End
- In Salvia
- End Belief
- Dead Letter