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New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Folk Americana


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"AOL Spinner MP3 of the Day: Bayberry Lane"

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"AOL Spinner MP3 of the Day: This Old Town"

mp3 of the day - AOL Spinner

"Review of "Settler's Song""

"...I kept listening, and the song just got better and better. And then I listened to it again, and then once more just for good measure." - Daily Beatz

"Review of "Settler's Song" and "Where Does it Sleep""

I do know when I like someone’s sound and as a result, I really like Uncles. - Radio Exile

"Review of "Replacing Words with Other Words""

Uncles’ ”Replacing Words With Other Words” is one of the most creative and breathtakingly sincere albums of 2010. It’s extraordinary. - Their Bated Breath

"Review of the Casual Business Sessions"

Will Schwartz and Danny Bateman are interested in the place between these two extremes: the overweight but otherwise pleasant-looking Latino mother, sitting on her front stoop knitting; endless blocks of storefronts with fading but otherwise operational neon signs, and the abundance of commonplace scenes that are constantly being enacted in New York’s five borroughs. To most of us they’re nondescript, uninteresting, and neither so pleasant they’re coveted nor so discomfiting they’re fascinating. It’s the accurate portrayal of life as its actually lived, and to achieve this is a rare gift indeed. - Ampeater Review

"Review of "m4w""

"Uncles play a clever lyrical game, they'd list musical influences i`ve probably never heard and talk of places i`m surely never been to. Music and accents are global links, Uncles are global Folk. Take a seat and have a listen." - Mojophenia


Replacing Words with Other Words, LP, 2010.
-Settler's Song, Single, 2010.

m4w, LP, digitally released in January 2012



Uncles is an indie-folk band from Queens, NY. At its heart lies a songwriting collaboration between Dan Bateman and Will Schwartz, two friends who grew up together in Westchester, NY. Tom White (Little Anchor) plays upright bass, and Graham Watson (Human, Stab the Matador) plays drums.
Uncles started as a songwriting collaboration between Schwartz and Bateman, when they were both teenagers in the New York City suburbs. What started as a shared interest in rock bands like Pavement, The Pixies, and Wilco, evolved into a exploration of early American Folk music, C&W singers like George Jones and Hank Williams, and songwriters like Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen.
In the summer of 2010, they released their debut album, Replacing Words with Other Words, and shortly thereafter expanded Uncles to a solid quartet, adding longtime collaborator Tom White on bass and Graham Watson on drums.
Since then, they’ve preformed regularly within New York City and toured throughout the Eastern Seaboard, the south, and the Midwest to support their releases.

About m4w

Uncles recorded their upcoming full length, “m4w” over the course of 2011, throughout various NYC recording studios, mostly with producer and engineer Gabe Liberti (MTV Skins, Blip Festival).

For “m4w,” Uncles maintained a similar lyrical approach to the first record, but focused on writing and recording fuller, lusher arrangements with synthesizers and strings. “m4w” is 11 songs depicting modern life in America, depicting everything from long rolling rivers and high mountains, to Blockbusters closing down and the watching college football. It’s a musical and melodic record with strong choruses and hooks.

Uncles has been featured on AOL Spinner's Mp3 of The Day and Listening Party, Largehearted Boy, Ampeater Music, Crack in Road, Mad Mackerel, Cuchara Sonica, Slowcoustic, and DailyBeatz.