Uncle Kurtis

Uncle Kurtis

 Asheville, North Carolina, USA
BandRockPunk

Launched in August, 2017, Asheville-based psyche/punk band Uncle Kurtis is on-the-rise for originality, musicianship, and captivating, highly energetic live performances.

Biography

Launched in August, 2017, Asheville-based psyche/punk band Uncle Kurtis is on-the-rise for originality, musicianship, and captivating, highly energetic live performances. Consisting of Graham Barrineau (“Tommy Sidewalk”) on drums, Riley Darnell (“Peacheye Jones”) on lead vocals, Jackson Lee (“Streetlamp LaMouse”) on guitar and vocals, and Quinn Sforza (“John”) on bass, Uncle Kurtis came together at Experience Music of Asheville, thanks in part to mentors Billy Litz and Sean McCann of Hustle Souls. Each band member is currently a high school freshman. The growing list of completely original Uncle Kurtis songs blends the bandmates’ interests in punk, prog-rock, metal, classic rock, and countless other influences. 

After debuting as part of an Experience Music Showcase at Salvage Station, the second Uncle Kurtis performance at the Fall edition of the Lake Eden Arts Festival was recorded, and in the hands of Asheville FM DJ Steven Howard and his colleagues, their original tracks “Back to Iowa,” “Circus Time,” “Pigeons” and “Worst Song Ever” have been getting regular airplay ever since. Uncle Kurtis – Live at 2017 LEAF debuted in the #21 spot on the station’s Top 30 List of LP Releases last December. 

In November, 2017, the band hit Recording/Mastering Engineer Jack Kiefert’s Atlanta-based Rex Recording Studio to record "Let’s Kill Uncle Kurtis." During a whirlwind two-day session involving an emergency room visit for Peacheye, the band recorded the first-ever studio versions of nine iconic original creations. 

Released at a launch party at Asheville Music Hall on Aug. 16 thanks to Girth Records, "Let's Kill Uncle Kurtis" is available on CD, Download + Stream via Amazon, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and beyond. Uncle Kurtis continues building its audience in Asheville and beyond with live performances at music festivals and numerous renowned venues.

Lyrics

Circus Time

Written By: Lyrics: "Circus Time" by The Clever Factory,Jackson Lee,Graham Barrineau,Quinn Sforza

Hooray the circus has come to town
spin the unicycling wheel for the juggling clown

Circus time
step in line

Watch the seals twirl their ball around
their noses keep them spinning high above the ground

Circus time
step in line

See the tires on the clown car as they leave the show
One big putt putt off they go

Circus time
step in line

Worst Song Ever

Written By: Riley Darnell,Graham Barrineau,Jackson Lee,Quinn Sforza

This is the worst song you'll ever hear
It'll make you want to chop off your ear
This song sounds like literal shit
I don't know why the fuck were playin it

WORST SONG EVER

This song, it sucks
It'll make you wish you got run over by a truck
This song sounds so bad when it's over you'll be glad

WORST SONG EVER

Back to Iowa

Written By: Riley Darnell,Graham Barrineau,Jackson Lee,Quinn Sforza

It was a hot summer day as i stepped out of the van, my mother my father and my sister all holding hands. I had reese's pieces on my mind, but much to my dismay there were no reeses pieces to find. That's when I saw a man standing by the van motioning for me to come over then he took my by the hand and led me around back and told me "I've got reese's pieces by the stack." I asked him "where?" and he said "in there" and pointed to his truck. I climbed in and I heard the door shut and my heart skipped a beat as the engine started. Then we were driving and I asked "where are we going" and he said, he said

"WE'RE GOING BACK TO IOWA" (back to fucking Iowa)

We rode for 6 hours then we got to his house then he sat me down on his couch and he sat next to me and he turned on the tv and I felt safe. For the next 8 years we slowly fell in love because he was amazing. Sometimes I think back to that day when he took my life away, what did he say? I'll tell you, he said
"WE'RE GOING BACK TO IOWA"

Then one day as I sat at his house I heard a sound, it was so frightening. Then I looked out the window and saw red and blue lights flashing in my eyes, as bright as lightning. Then they busted down the door and they took my man away, where they have him I cannot say, but they took me back too, back to my family, back where I fucking hate it. Sometimes I'll get real sad and I'll see my dad and he'll say "whats wrong" and i'll get out my guitar and i'll sing him this song and i'll say

"I WANNA GO BACK TO IOWA"

Pigeons

Written By: Riley Darnell,Graham Barrineau,Jackson Lee,Quinn Sforza

I woke up this morning and was frightened-
I had been given the power of flight and-
I was small and I was gray-
And the only thing I could say-
Was a high pitched bird sound-
And my eyes were small and round-
I sat there on that telephone wire and I-

Think it's great to be a bird
It's great to be a pigeon

Rat boy
That freaky little rat boy
He ain't got any rat joy
So he plays with his rat toys

I'm a pigeon
You're a pigeon
Were all pigeons

A Bike Named Rocco

Written By: Riley Darnell,Graham Barrineau,Jackson Lee,Quinn Sforza

I had a bike named Rocko and he belonged to me
We believed if I pedaled fast enough we would skip across the sea

I had a bike named Rocko and he was my best friend
I never knew that once I grew up our friendship would be forced to end

I had a bike named Rocko and he could go so fast
I wish our time together was not so hastily passed

With him by my side I would never have to walk
Nobody knew he could talk

I had a bike named Rocko and he belonged to me
We believed if I pedaled fast enough we would skip across the sea

I had a bike named Rocko and we thought we could fly
He told me if we went fast enough we could touch the sky

With him by my side I would never walk
Nobody knew he could talk

Marietta

Written By: Riley Darnell,Graham Barrineau,Jackson Lee,Quinn Sforza

Marietta you grabbed my heart
And with your cold bare hands you ripped it apart
Now I wanna know
Why'd you have to go?
I had a plan
But you ran off with another man
Marietta you left me all alone
Marietta I was gonna marry ya
Marrieta you were my one and only
Now you left me cold and lonely
And I need you back
But I know that it's not gonna happen
Marietta please explain it
Cause now my heart just feels like shit and I
Need to know why you left me
Out of sympathy please come back
Marietta you made me cry
Cause now you're out with another guy

Rubberman 35

Written By: Riley Darnell,Graham Barrineau,Jackson Lee,Quinn Sforza

He's the last page in the book-
That guy with the insane look-
He stands on the corner shouting "abstain"-
He's obviously in pain-
He's melting into the gutter-
He needs a lover

Rubberman 35-
Is he dead or is he alive?
Rubberman 35
Never had no reason to strive

You can see a troubled past-
And a troubled future approaching fast-
He calls you a sinner as you walk by-
But somewhere he knows that it's a lie-
He's melting into the gutter-
He needs a lover

Rubberman 35-
Is he dead or is he alive?
Rubberman 35
Never had no reason to strive

Discography

"Let's Kill Uncle Kurtis" - Girth Records, 2018.
"Uncle Kurtis: Live at 2017 LEAF" - self-published, 2017.