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The Union Ares. A band kind of from nowhere started after the dust had settled on Kolya in a bedroom in Arlington Massachusetts… and then in a bedroom in Hamilton Massachusetts with songs starting to pile up and take shape in a more… sort of melodic fashion we’ll say… at least a bit more melodic than Kolya was. 

In December 2001 there was a 5 song demo – around that time a small solo tour on the coattails of the great Kristen Forbes. Also around that time the songs found a band with Carl Eklof on drums and Craig Schechter and Matt LaVonture each taking a turn on the bass. That iteration was not to last long though and it gave way to a period of banjos and ill-fitting suits… First with The Poverty Line old Time Band. Then after a move across the sea a moment or two with the Cannonball String band.  As it would turn out years would pass with not much active thought on the songs of The Union Ares. They lived on the synapses of my mind, quiet and still but not dead. Dormant but not forgotten. With the banjo firmly entrenched in my fingers – now with The Folding Mirrors old Time Band based in The Hague it became time to explore bringing The Union Ares to life once and for all. Now living in The Netherlands the question was how to do that. Then I remembered hearing about a band in Scotland. Enter Carson Wells.  I asked the boys from Aberdeen if they would be interested in being The Union Ares on the side. They were intrigued. We met in Aberdeen – played some.
Enjoyed it and played some more. It slowly started to take shape. With Ross McLay we were four but
that was not to be as he didn’t have the time to go forward with the project. We, as Dallas pointed out,
were destined to only play in trios. So too would The Union Ares be: A Trio – Todd Giles on guitar/vocals, Huw Gurden on bass and vocals and Iain Dallas on drums and vocals. We started with some old songs… and then some new songs. It’s a mysterious and slow process.
Aberdeen sometimes became Glasgow. In the summer of 2017 we recorded a quick two song demo just to test the waters. End of 2018 a second Union Ares based in the Hague was born with Mike Bailey on ass and vocals and Gabry de Waaij on drums.  We’ve now also recorded a two song demo.  Two Union Ares each with their own set of songs. The concept of this band has grown.  We are testing the concept of what a band is.  Borders are not meant for humans. We were meant to test them. I’ll be interested to see how The Union Ares turn out. Right now with Huw, Iain, Mike, Gabry and myself we’re in good hands. Stay tuned… XO Todd


Date January 18th 2019Location Musicon Den Haag With Alpha Robot 

Past Gigs

Add a little table here with past gigs (copy from above) and if there are too many we can add them to an archive and link to that. Or we create blog posts for each gig, add them to the category past gigs and show the latest ones here, all upon a click



So far there isn’t much to share.  We hope to record a record in early 2019.  For now we have a 2 song demo from last summer.  You can hear it here:




Punktaskic is a great UK zine.  explore them here via a nice bit they wrote about us:

The Union Ares (Carson Wells, ex Kolya) make captivating debut

Dundees own Make That a Take Records home to our pals Please, Believe and Kadish

Carson Wells – Iain, Huw and Ross





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