Thursday, 4 November 2010

Pass The Duchy: The Duke Spirit Back To Reclaim Their Territory

Although it's only really been a couple of years since the release of the charismatic Neptune, it's never too soon to hear new material emerging from London's The Duke Spirit. One of too few bands carrying the pure rock and roll spirit to the very core of their music, listening to their newest material it's clear that this isn't vacating their sound any time soon.

Having marginally failed to catch the band on their whistle stop tour of the US this past week - they played Santos Party House in NYC yesterday, a fine review of which can be found here on A Heart Is A Spade - I was moved to attempt a make up by posting their two newest tunes.

The typically rollicking Everybody's Under Your Spell is destined to quickly become a live favourite if the video below is anything to go by, where as the more contemplative Northbound continues the brooding material found on the past to full lengths. Both showcase the various qualities of The Duke Spirit, with bluesy undertones informing a more traditional rock base. Add a dash of shoe gazing reverb to the guitars, topped off with the sultry vocal of Liela Moss, and there you have a formidable sound.

MP3: The Duke Spirit - Everybody's Under Your Spell
Taken from the forthcoming Kusama EP

Buy it at Insound!


The new Kusama EP is due out early December and the band hit the UK roads with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in support of the release. If I'm lucky the band will decide that they have a taste for these shores and pull a few more East coast shows out early in the New Year. In the meantime, looks like I know what I'm asking for from Father Christmas.

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