Like the ostracized Dr. Moreau and his LSD-obsessed assistant, Uncle Pooch surgically conjoins creatures of different species’. The vivisection of grindcore, free-jazz and good old-fashioned thrash spawned what they’ve dubbed, “Instrumental-Metal-Jazz”. Heavy, sludgy grooves turn on a dime into quick-fingered riffs, slip into abstract improvisations and finally give way to melodies that’ll scar your psyche.
The moniker “Uncle Pooch” references an obscure character in a David Lynch film. With that “Lynch” disposition, the founders of the Seattle band, bassist Shane Smith and guitarist Tony Stevens forged the Uncle Pooch sound. Drummer Denali Williams (Cracker Factory, Thomas Mapfumo) and experimental wind instrumentalist Greg Sinibaldi (Burnlist, Frieze of Life) joined the roster shortly thereafter.
Uncle Pooch released its debut album, Conduct Unbecoming, on The IBCT record label (www.theibct.com) in March, 2010. The full length recording includes appearances by guitarist RL Heyer (The True Spokes, Cracker Factory) and vocalist Kimo Muraki (Surrealized, Slow Bunny). It also features the Naked City-esque track Assault & Battery Acid, as well as the epic middle-eastern slammer Fallujah. Dennis Cook of Jambase.com wrote, “Their [Uncle Pooch] debut, Conduct Unbecoming, packs a wallop but you’ll gladly dive back into the pit when they barrel into each pulsating soundscape.”
After a vigorous performance schedule, including appearances at The IBCT’s Showcase at SXSW 2010 & 2011, Uncle Pooch added avant-guitarist Zach Stewart to the roster as Sinibaldi exited the band.
The eccentric quartet released its sophomore album, Oneirophrenia, in spring 2012 on The IBCT label. It consists of a thirty-three minute track portraying the effects of a condition caused by too many psychoactive drugs, and a track featuring the vocals of Walter Kibby III (Fishbone, Year of the Dragon) & Rod Palmer (Year of the Dragon). In addition to Oneirophrenia, Uncle Pooch and The IBCT simultaneously released an untitled live recording. The full length album consists of ferocious improvisations arranged into the compositions that appear on their two studio albums.