Check out new cut 'Big Balloon'...
Dutch Uncles (Credit: Sebastian Matthes)

Dutch Uncles are back, with new album 'Big Balloon' set to be released on February 17th.

The Manchester band have been in the studio of late, conjuring new sounds and exploring fresh directions.

New album 'Big Balloon' will arrive next year, with new music enthusiast Lauren Laverne airing the title cut on her 6Music show a few moments ago.

Vocalist and lyricist Duncan Wallis: "The song has a simple message: to be content with who you are. If you need help with that, then don't be ashamed or frustrated. If other people appear to be doing a better job at being you than you then it means that that's not you. And that's okay too."

"As soon as recording began, it felt like the perfect response to the feelings of abandonment we'd been harbouring recently. We see it as the perfect distillation of everything we set out to achieve on the new record."

Composer and bass player Robin Richards: "The song helped steer the direction of the songs written afterwards which became the album Big Balloon. It reminded us of the potency of the electric guitar, and brought them back as focal instruments on the record."

Tune in below.

Dutch Uncles have confirmed the following shows:

March
1 Edinburgh Electric Circus
2 Newcastle The Cluny
3 Leeds The Wardrobe
4 Nottingham Bodega
6 Birmingham Hare and Hounds
7 Sheffield The Plug
8 Oxford O2 Academy2
9 Bristol Fleece
11 Brighton The Haunt
12 Southampton Talking Heads
13 London Village Underground
15 Manchester Dancehouse Theatre

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