New York City, New York, USA

It's a songwriters band for fans of songwriting, we like songs, and we write them well, and sing them well, play them well, and advertise them poorly. It's a mix of indie folk, alt-country and rock music.


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.


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

m4w, LP, digitally released in January 2012

Set List

Made Of Blood
Deaf Dumb Dog
Settlers Song
Clarinet Blues
Side of the City
Letters from a Connecticut Senior
Green Apple Skoal
Heaven's Table