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Welcome to the new Union Ares web site.  Keep up with our slow evolving mayhem.  We will share new music and maybe a demo or two along the way.  

Jan 2019 – Greeting people.  A solo show with brothers in arms Alpha Robot Friday the 18th.  See the flier at the top for details.  I’m looking forward to welcoming them into the present from whence they came.  

There’s a newish video for a demo of a new song below from the acoustic song “Baseball : The second Inning” and a new treat – my old band Kolya live from back in the day.  Was nice to stumble across this on the you tube universe.  Enjoy!  

New music coming soon!  The Union Ares is working hard in Scotland and on Den Haag.  How’s that?!  to be continued.

XO Todd




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. We played a show in Dundee in the winter. We now have material for a full length.  We hope to add a few more shows to the schedule in the fall of 2018 – to really start to live in the songs.
There should be a record in 2019. Where are The Union Ares from now? Glasgow? Aberdeen? The Hague? We just sort of are. As much as the world just sort of is. It doesn’t really matter where one 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 and Iain 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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