The Duke Spirit are somewhat of an enigma when it comes to measuring success against the quality of their output. Since forming in 2003 The Duke Spirit have produced two very good albums, 'Cuts Across The Land' and 'Neptune'. Both have been equally consistent in quality and individuality. They have been lovingly crafted by the band, and some of the best names in the business (Simon Raymonde/Flood). Each album is full of energy and vibrancy. Both albums contained some stunning stand out tracks, 'Into The Fold', 'Dog Roses', 'My Sunken Treasure', 'Cuts Across' and 'Bottom Of The Sea' among the best.
So why are a "London based" band still relatively unknown here? Aside from being granted the odd spin on 6Music (Huey even had to join the bands mailing list to get the new single) or Radcliffe & Maconie (Soon to be one in the same) The Duke Spirit still seem to be more appreciated in America. Having performed at various big festivals events such as Coachella, as well as some high profile TV shows; Jay Leno, David Letterman and Henry Rollins among them, it would seem that for once our kin from the colonies have accepted/understood/got a band before we have. (shocking)
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