The Duke Spirit
squealing guitars, churning riffs, & powerful drumming abound on the london quintet’s latest release.
the duke spirit return from two years of touring behind their acclaimed album ‘neptune’ with this collection of garage & psychedelia influenced songs, imbued with the sonic palette of early 90s, sludgy guitar rock, in the vein of my bloody valentine & sonic youth. thinned down instrumentation ensures this album thumps on the stereo from start to finish, with expertly employed dynamics & masterful post-grunge musicianship. a streak of atlantic soul & motown influence has always touched the duke spirit’s work & they definitely don’t use their hermetic wall of huge, stadium shaking guitar & drum sound to disguise a lack of songwriting ability, as heavyweight melodies & a knack for employing the most compelling song structures make each track on the album as essential & memorable as the last. “london quintet make a quiver-inducing return” 4/5- q.