The Uncas bring new meaning to the word original. Their unique brand of music has been described as whiskey-twang, cowpunk, post alt-country, and psychograss. Their high-energy live show features five-part harmonies, jaw dropping riffs, and hooks that make sparks fly. But while they are adept at the art of putting on a show, this group is no one-trick pony: they also place powerfully crafted music on the table. The band features five songwriters, each of whom is a multi-instrumentalist, and together they have released two full length albums – Sunny Uncas and Drop the Ball and a self-titled EP. Their catchy sound is ever-evolving - it draws on the roots of rock n roll, western twang, and occasionally the high octane fervor of punk or metal.
Forming in 2002, The Uncas have appeared multiple times across Canada, from coast to coast, impressing people from all walks of life everywhere they go. Almost every famous honky-tonk in the country has hosted these hotshots - from the Railway Club in Vancouver to the Horseshoe Tavern and El Mocambo in Toronto, pretty much everywhere from Halifax to Victoria, with lots of venues and festivals in between. The Uncas have had much success on the road. At home in Edmonton, Alberta the story is no different - the band has sung the national anthem at an Edmonton Oilers game, were featured on Much Music’s Much Does Edmonton in 2005, and showcased their Ukrainian roots at The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. The band’s festival appearances include repeat performances at Big Valley Jamboree (AB) and North Country Fair (AB), as well as memorable shows at South Country Fair (AB), Wild Mountain Music Festival (AB), The Nerve Magazine’s Festival of Guns (Vancouver, BC), and many more. The band has performed for festival audiences as large as 12,000 people, and they have been featured in the New Year’s Eve festivities in downtown Edmonton as part of the Cultural Capital of Canada Nightworks celebrations.
Live fans love the fact that this talented group can sound so good while having such a good time. All five members sing, which makes for thick harmonies and a diverse repertoire, and every member can play any instrument on the stage. This versatility adds excitement and freshness to their maniacal performances. The boys never take themselves too seriously, poking fun at themselves and everyone else, ensuring that all are having a great time. There isn’t much these guys haven’t seen and that comes through in their songs and their electrifying stage presence – The Uncas are a band not to be missed!
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