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The Duke Spirit

The brash, bluesy, female-fronted quintet the Duke Spirit formed when singer/harmonica player Liela Moss met guitarist/keyboardist/singer Luke Ford at art school. Moss was studying photography and Ford painting, but the pair decided to ditch school and move to London to focus on their music. Once they arrived, their friend Toby Butler joined on as bassist/percussionist, and one of their roommates, Dan Higgins, became their guitarist. Once drummer Olly Betts joined their ranks, the lineup was complete. The band recorded their first 7" under the name Solomon, but switched to the Duke Spirit for the release of their first EP, Darling, You're Mean, which was released in 2003 by City Rockers. Later that year, the label released the Roll, Spirit, Roll EP, which won the band critical acclaim from publications such as NME. The band continued to tour and record, with the intention of releasing their debut album in fall 2004; however, City Rockers folded early that year, leaving the Duke Spirit without a home for their music. Loog signed the band soon after and released Cuts Across the Land in the U.K. in spring 2005. Startime International picked up their U.S. distribution and introduced the band to the States by releasing the album in spring 2006 and sending the band off on tour with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. That year, the band also released the limited-edition EP Covered in Love, which featured their versions of songs by Jesse Mae Hemphill, Arthur Lee and Desmond Dekker. The Duke Spirit also worked on a collaboration with UNKLE, which they recorded with producer Chris Goss in his Joshua Tree, CA studio; the track appeared on UNKLE's 2007 album. The band worked with Goss again on their second album Neptune, which arrived in spring 2008. The Duke Spirit opted for a heavier approach on their follow-up, 2011's fittingly named Bruiser. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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putting the wattage in your cottage
jacobbrentze l
I saw them live a few years ago with The Black Keys, The Roots, and Spoon among other bands in Pittsburgh.. . t h e y were AMAZING! One of my favorite bands at that show. I later saw Leila and Ollie meandering through the crowd to see Gnarls Barkley and I got her attention and we talked for about 20 minutes about tattoos and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Totally cool photo op and a sweet heart.
Great band
They are fantastic live.... Moss is a force of nature.
I discovered this artist by one of their tracks played on CSI New York. Using the Ipad and the application Shazam located the name of the song and group. Now I can find simular Artists through Pandora as well. Great!
dustinmfhale y
the sonic youth guy nailed it
Sort of a cross between Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey.Not bad.
Happy to have found this band, thank you Pandora. I find it hard to beleive that 2008 is the last release, I would think they have newer stuff out.
Me love girls what sing good.
They toured with Incubus, so probably why the said they sound like them.

I've seen them live twice, and they are so good. Very entertaining , and they sounded as good as the album.
coriemtbiker
Nice, thanks Pandora
sweet and original.
This is good music!
THIS BAND IS TOPS!!!! Like a new Blondie at times mixed with Berlin, her voice is that good as is the band!

WOW though, ignorance is bliss indeed. Incubus? The Strokes?? How does The Duke Spirit sound anything like that??? Tone deaf people can't know what this really sounds like.
u people have a bad ear for music if you dont like this band
bromide01
Please stop playing this band.
bromide01
When did the Strokes get a female singer?
eww...they'r e playing in support of incubus...st o p it
yaya good band. need a little more musicianship if this band is going to be taken seriously.
Love them!Found them on myspace and always had them on my playlist. I like Pandora b/c I can hear stuff they didn't have on myspace.
Just picked up Neptune, and I really enjoy it. Very strong album.
cynth.fisher
Sounds like a more melodic, less bluesy Beth Ditto (of the Gossip).
Although the lead singer's voice seems to be flavor-of-th e - m o n t h for the Baltic girl singer, she belts it out with more confidence and power than the rest, and the band's songs are catchy chorus driven wonders.

I like, and wonder about...
Check my profile page for my YouTube site. I have their concert at the Belly Up from July 16th in my playlist. Enjoy.
Me too.
i like it

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