Manchester is famous for two things – football and a series of sub par, past their prime bands milking history for all it’s worth. For those outside the city, it may be a surprise to learn that not everyone in the region is an Oasis wearing, Stone Roses reminiscing hooligan, and indeed, the rise of the magnificently angry FUC51 blog is a testament to the hatred of what the city has become – a museum for past glories. Though both acts are technically from outside the region (coming from the rolling hills of Marple), Dutch Uncles and Egyptian Hip Hop are certainly a part of the new scene rising out of the city.
Whilst their debut album might’ve come out almost two years ago, new single ‘The Ink’ is the first indicator of Dutch Uncles truly living up to their potential. A devastatingly dramatic pop song lavished with precise math rock riffs; it sounds urgent, frenetic and, most importantly, fresh. With Egyptian Hip Hop at the controls, another side is shown entirely, with a creeping, almost videogame violence underpinning this wonderfully stripped back remix.
For those in Manchester, Dutch Uncles celebrate the single’s launch at the Deaf Institute tonight – for those further afield, disprove the Madchester myth by pre-ordering the single from Love & Disaster records.