Unkle Bob - Safety Net


November 16, 2020

Ah! What a surprise! Like a big wave of nostalgia that hits us. We remember perfectly, in 2007, having discovered Unkle Bob in a TV show called 'Kyle XY', where several of their songs had been used. And in particular the excellent 'Swans', which remains to this day the biggest success of the band. Rick has continued to keep the name 'Unkle Bob' alive ever since, and here we are in 2020, the band is reforming to offer us this new gem. A superb folk rock song, powerful and sublime, to put stars in our eyes and emotions in our ears. The track is accompanied by a music video that is both sad and funny. Sad because the weather is not on their side. But funny because no matter what, even in the pouring rain, our favorite Scots keep playing. And we missed those Scots! For fans of the first hour, a special 15th Anniversary Edition re-release of their debut EP is coming soon, and we can't wait to hear their next releases. We are like kids at the foot of the tree on December 25th. Thanks Unkle Bob. Thanks to you, it's already Christmas. Included in our "Indie Rock" playlist, and of course, you will now hear this amazing track on the Indie Music Radio.

Unkle Bob's point of view :

The gentle hum of an organ, undulating cello and repetition of a simple piano figure suggest the discreet unveiling of an epic, indie-rock oriented anthem. Singer Rick paints a reflective picture "cos everytime I fall, there's nothing there at all, I wonder did I hit the bottom yet" it's a homage to 2020, the feeling of free-falling, and the redemption of friendship.

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Biography :

Originally formed in 2004, Unkle Bob are an indie-folk-rock quintet from the UK, their legacy was two albums, Sugar and Spite (2006) and Shockwaves (2010). Meeting in the early 00s in Tchai Ovna, a student-frequented Glasgow tearoom, the 5-piece were taken under the wing of James gtr/violinist, Saul Davies who co-produced much of the material on their 2006 debut. They became a hit in the US with tracks featuring in TV dramas including Grey’s Anatomy, CSI Miami and My Sassy Girl. After relocating to London in 2006, Unkle Bob MK1 finally called it a day in 2011. Singer-songwriter and frontman Rick Webster revived the Unkle Bob name releasing a 3rd album entitled Embers in July 2014 followed by a string of solo mini-albums (The Highest Mountains & The Deepest Sea in 2016 and When You Were Awake - EP with The Little Birds in 2019). In 2020, the group announced reunion plans, tour dates and a special 15th Anniversary Edition re-release of their debut EP. In November they launched a new single, 'Safety Net' recorded remotely during lockdown, their first material together in 9 years. The release heralds the return of original members, guitarist Stuart Cartwright, drummer Ron Yeadon, keyboard player Geoff Widdowson, and bass player Chloe Peacock back to the fold reuniting them with singer, Rick Webster.

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