The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit - Lion Rip (Loog Records 07/02/05) - Single Review

The Duke Spirit
Lion Rip
(Loog Records 07/02/05)


Cat fighting with The Kills for the crown of feisty and lurid blues rockers is no contest for your average modern music connoisseur to witness, so many may go and hide behind the new Embrace album. Whereas, people who like their music provocative, edgy and with pelting accompaniments will, as the Americans say; “Be in flavour country”. ‘Lion Rip’ and its twanging Nico style instrumentals provide the perfect platform for front lady Leila Moss and her V V Kills vocal

The Duke Spirit - Lion Rip (Loog Records 07/02/05) - Single Review

touch. The pungent lyrics are delivered provocatively and with zest by Moss, as she pushes home the message of emotional integrity and the virtue of it;

“If you want it, oh, you could have it, but you have to be honest now
about where you’re feeling from. Well, you say, say, say whatever comes
and it rings so true much later on.”

B-side 'Now Be Still' has a really big The Kills feeling about it, but there is also a hint of subtlety to Moss and co that is borne out in the use of hushing maracas. The Duke Spirit have supported the likes of the 22-20s and are now booked to appear with the tranquil tantalizers; Mercury Rev in March. With their passion and intensity they are indubitably wooing a wide range of audience.

www.dukespirit.com

David Adair



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