Unkle Bob

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Unkle Bob
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Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2003-2011; 2012-present
Labels Friendly Sounds
BobCity
JustMe
Website Official website
Members Rick Webster
Past members Tad MacDonald
Geoff Widdowson
Stuart Cartwright
Ron Yeadon
Chloe Treacher
Chris Hardwick

Unkle Bob is a British indie rock band formed in and around Glasgow University. Led by singer/songwriter Rick Webster, Unkle Bob have variously been compared to acts as diverse as R.E.M., Prefab Sprout and Radiohead.

Their debut album Sugar & Spite was released on 16 October 2006 on Friendly Sounds / Mother City – a label set up by James guitarist/violinist Saul Davies and Aaron Moore (Ministry of Sound/EMI). The album gained critical acclaim scoring 4-Star reviews in Q Magazine, Uncut, Mojo, The Times and The Sunday Times.[1] It has an AllMusic rating of 4/5.[2] Several songs from the album ("Swans", "Put a Record On", "One by One") were featured in American television and film such as Grey's Anatomy, CSI Miami, What Happens in Vegas and Kyle XY.[3] [4]

Unkle Bob toured with The Feeling (Germany, Feb 2007), The Proclaimers (UK/Ireland, Sept 2007), James (North America, Sept/Oct 2008), and Goo Goo Dolls (UK, Nov 2010).

They released their second album, Shockwaves, in 2010. It included three tracks produced by Ken Nelson. Their song "Brighter", written by guitarist Stuart Cartwright, was featured in the German film, Kokowääh 2011.[5]

On 10 November 2011, Unkle Bob announced on their official Facebook page they were splitting after nine years together.[6]

On 5 November 2012, Rick Webster announced on the official web page that he would release a new EP under the name Unkle Bob as a solo artist. Letters EP was released in January 2013 followed by Songs For Others in August 2013. In June 2013, Unkle Bob went to Changsha, Hunan Province in China and became better known in China.

In July 2014, Unkle Bob released their third album, Embers, featuring performances from original band members who reunited briefly for the recording sessions in Wales.[7] The album scored 8/10 in PopMatters music blog.[8]

In September 2014, Unkle Bob collaborated with Amin Khani on the song, All At Once, which released on the official Facebook & Twitter of Unkle Bob.[9]

In September 2014, Unkle Bob released a demo on the official Facebook & Twitter, I Won't Look Back, from their next album.[10]

Band members[edit]

  • Rick Webster (vocals, guitar)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Flux - 2008 (US only)
  • Letters EP - 2013
  • Songs For Others - 2013 [11]

Singles[edit]

  • "Too Many People" - June 2006
  • "The Hit Parade" - October 2006
  • "Put A Record On" – February 2007
  • "Swans" - (US download only) - February 2007
  • "Satellite" / "Bad Dream" - April 2009
  • "In My Head" - September 2010
  • "Cold Water" - February 2013
  • "Brother" - August 2013
  • "It's Not Enough" / "Feel the Rain" - July 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Press Clipping". Various. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  2. ^ "All Music". All Music. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Heard On TV". Heard On TV. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  4. ^ "What Happens in Vegas Soundtrack". Imdb. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Kokowääh Soundtrack". Itunes. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Unkle Bob Split". Unkle Bob. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Official Website". Rick Webster. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  8. ^ "PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Collaboration". Unkle Bob. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Upcoming Album". Unkle Bob. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  11. ^ a b "Unkle Bob". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 

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