Uncle Outrage was started in 1999 as a joke/hobby by Nils Rasmussen. He produced 3 albums (a total of 87 songs) over the next 3 years through mp3.com. As the band grew in popularity (even having the 3rd most plays on mp3.com in Canada at one point), Nils decided that he needed help in order to play demands for live performances. He recruited his best friend Matt “H” on guitar (whom he has known since kindergarten), Matt Poles on bass, and Ryan Holmes on synth.
It took about a year for the band to really find their sound as a cohesive group before they finally released Bonecock Vol. 1 in early 2004. Earlier in the year, they had released a limited copy of a self titled CD. After being disappointed with the overall quality of that album, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Bonecock Vol. 1 was produced almost entirely in a studio set up in Nils’ basement. The band was far more satisfied with the new sound, and it seemed the public was too. The album was well-received in the Edmonton area, and word of mouth spread their songs throughout the United States and the rest of Canada. This album allowed Nils to work with some of his music idols from bands like The O/GonnaGetGot, Betty’s Trash, Erotic Golf, and Switchee. The group continued to play shows around Western Canada as they began writing their follow-up album Dance Extreme in 2006. Dance Extreme took the band in a slightly new direction with higher standards in recording quality, and had the guys taking their work a little more seriously.
The following year presented many stresses in the personal lives of the band, causing a lull in producing new material as well as live performances. After a long period of consideration, H and Ryan decided that they couldn’t continue being a part of UO. Despite this unhappy turn of events, Nils continued to crank out new songs on his own, with the help of Poles for basslines and song structure. For the first time in six years, Nils was working on his own, and unable to perform live once again. After about 2 years of hard work, The Chinchilla Album is born. While still maintaining the tongue in cheek nature that Uncle Outrage started out with, in songs such as “Superbowl” and “A.D.D”, the new album also explores new ideas and diverse genres. Songs such as “Kingfish”, “Fear Of God”, and “Strange Harvest” demonstrate Nils’ lyrical prowess. Whereas before, the band was struggling to compromise in order to suit everyone’s tastes, the newest offering from Uncle Outrage still has the patented UO sound, but with more eclectic elements.
Edited by Darthemed on 15 Jun 2012, 21:25
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