Marmaduke Duke – Biffy Side-Project Return

And so the agonising wait for Biffy Clyro to follow-up ‘Puzzle’ goes on. There’s still no firm release date – all we know is that the band’s fifth album will emerge sometime this autumn.

But there’s some good news on the horizon: Simon Neil is back, in the form of his side project, Marmaduke Duke.


A release-valve for some of Neil’s more leftfield/conceptual instincts, the enigmatic duo – also featuring JP Reid of fellow Ayrshire alt-rockers Sucioperro – released a sprawling 18-track album, ‘The Magnificent Duke’, back in 2005, but there are signs that their new material will be more streamlined and accessible.

Forthcoming album ‘Duke Pandemonium’ is set for release in April 2009, preceded by the single ‘Kid Gloves’ on February 16.

The Biffy-esque track is accompanied by a playfully psychedelic video complete with animated rabbits, talking wolves and a dark duke who arrives to snatch seagulls straight out of the orange sky. Those of you that shed a tear during ’The Lion King’ may want to keep some tissues handy.

It forms the first section of a three-part story so we’ll have to wait for the next two singles to find out how it ends. Enjoy.