Album Review: The Duke Spirit - 'Bruiser'

The Duke Spirit - 'Bruiser'

It’s hard to understand why this lot never really took off. Their rock rollicking on debut ‘ Cuts Across The Land ’ was a thing of arresting sexiness – see the ever-fresh ‘ Love Is An Unfamiliar Name ’. Yet despite an equally winning...

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Live Review: The Duke Spirit/ Big Deal/ Tape The Radio

Live Review: The Duke Spirit/ Big Deal/ Tape...

Shouts, slaps, push-up bras: there are lots of ways to get the attention of a crowd, and tonight’s pick’n’mix paper sack of musical confectionery has all the flavours. From black-clad boys Tape The Radio and their anthemic ‘behold my...

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The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit

The tribal drums, the menacing fuzz bass, the two-chord Stooges/Spacemen 3 progressions, Liela Moss’ angel-with-a-dirty-face coo… on this taster from their long-overdue second album the Duke’s song remains resolutely the same, save for some...

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The Duke Spirit : Cuts Across The Land

The Duke Spirit : Cuts Across The Land

There’s always one. Now that Brit bands have remembered how to make great rock and roll, everyone is in denial of how culturally short-sighted Britpop was, and bands the length and breath of the country are hanging out the bunting in celebration...

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The Duke Spirit : Dark Is Light Enough

The Duke Spirit : Dark Is Light Enough

Liela Moss manages to sound surprised, confused and more than a touch disturbed during every single moment of this single. She sweeps up all three emotions in a voice that's seductive and creepy in equal measures, a low rasp that drags the...

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The Duke Spirit : Birmingham Academy

The Duke Spirit : Birmingham Academy

Not many bands have the ability to make the distressed Academy stage look like a trendy Brooklyn catwalk. Londoners The Duke Spirit , however, take The Velvet Underground ’s semi-psychotic penchant for grimy rock’n’roll and graft it on to...

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The Duke Spirit : London ULU: Tuesday November 4

The Duke Spirit : London ULU: Tuesday November 4

Forget stiff upper lips, losing at whatever happens to be the national game this week and talking about the weather; the true mark of Britishness has always been our ability to whip up a dour frenzy of moody life-changing rock. From the...

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The Duke Spirit : roll, Spirit, roll

The Duke Spirit : roll, Spirit, roll

The Duke Spirit are shameless thieves. This mini album is barely 21 minutes long and yet the London six-piece have still found time to rifle through the pockets of Velvet Underground, Mazzy Star and PJ Harvey (to name just three) in search...

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