Uncle Luc is the moniker of Surrey born songwriter Luke Barham. Since a young age Luc has been performing at festivals, touring, doing radio sessions, releasing records and has also seen his music synced for TV, film and adverts.
In 2014 Luc formed the label Super Fan 99 after recording his first solo album. With a definite visual and musical identity in mind and an understanding of how bedroom labels work having spent years in bands the label was born. In DIY terms things snow balled pretty quickly with all but 5 of the labels 51 releases to date selling out. With artists from New York, LA, London and Philadelphia releasing music on various unique formats such as tape, square and heart shaped vinyl the label grew a loyal global fanbase.
Running a label while holding down a full time job meant that his songwriting took something of a backseat, so it was somewhat unexpected that in June last year he picked up his guitar again and began to write. ‘Sticking to the Rules’ was the result and was released this in June 2018.
The album itself is upbeat indie-pop but also has a folkier reflective side with BJ Cole (R.E.M, Elton John, First Aid Kit) guesting on Pedal Steel. Other tracks see 808s and synths combine with acoustic guitars to make a kind of spacious folk which feels both familiar and new.
It was mastered at Metropolis by Andy Baldwin (Blur, Oasis, Belle & Sebastian) and released digitally along with limited CD digipack and cassette. Sleeve design is by Chicago-based artist Shaun Miller.
“Acid-drenched guitar, and wonderfully witty lyrics combine to make each song something special” CLASH
“Measured and assured” GOLDFLAKEPAINT
“A bright record full of feel good gifts that shine with the luster of the midday sun’s ray.” IMPOSE
“Uplifiting” THE 405
“Surrey’s number one son” DERMOT O’LEARY- BBC RADIO 2
“When a great band splits up you always hope they will continue to make new music. This is Uncle Luc” HUW STEPHENS- BBC RADIO 1
“Very enjoyable. Sounds great!” JOHN KENNEDY -RADIO X
- Forever A Fan
- Ice Cream
- Bones Of The Days
- No Magic
- Owner Of The Loneliest Song
- Hollywood Gum
- 6 Star Hotel