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The Duke Spirit

Moving from brash, bluesy beginnings to a wide-ranging sound that incorporated indie pop, Motown, and shoegaze influences, 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 music. Once they arrived, their friend Toby Butler joined them as bassist/percussionist, and one of their roommates, Dan Higgins, became their guitarist. When 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 their first EP, Darling, You're Mean, which was released in 2003 by City Rockers. Later that year, the label released the critically acclaimed Roll, Spirit, Roll EP.

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 Duke Spirit to the States by releasing the album in early 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, California studio; the track appeared on UNKLE's 2007 album.

The Duke Spirit worked with Goss again on their second album, Neptune, which arrived in spring 2008. For 2011's fittingly named Bruiser, the band opted for a heavier approach.

The Duke Spirit went on hiatus starting in 2012, with Moss and Butler pursuing the electro-pop project Roman Remains and Betts drumming for the band Furs. When the band regrouped in 2014, they reunited with Cuts Across the Land producer and former Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde, who helped the band -- which now included new bassist Rich Fownes -- craft a more sensual, luminous sound for their fourth album, 2016's Kin. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bruiser

1. Cherry Tree

2. Procession

3. Villain

4. Don't Wait

5. Surrender

6. Bodies

7. De Lux

8. Sweet Bitter Sweet

9. Running Fire

10. Everybody's Under Your Spell

11. Northbound

12. Homecoming

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Track List: Neptune

1. I Do Believe

2. Send A Little Love Token

3. The Step And The Walk

4. Dog Roses

5. Into The Fold

6. This Ship Was Built To Last

7. Wooden Heart

8. You Really Wake Up The Love In Me

9. My Sunken Treasure

10. Lassoo

11. Neptune's Call

12. Sovereign

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Track List: Cuts Across The Land

1. Cuts Across The Land

2. Love Is An Unfamiliar Name

3. Darling, You're Mean

4. Win Your Love

5. Hello To The Floor

6. Bottom Of The Sea

7. Fades The Sun

8. You Were Born Inside My Heart

9. Lion Rip

10. Lovetones

11. Stubborn Stitches

12. Red Weather

13. Take A Look Around

14. So Good To Hear

15. Boot Hill

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Track List: Roll, Spirit, Roll

1. Red Weather

2. Drinking You In

3. X

4. Salt The Stings

5. Howling Self

6. Nine & Scramble

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katevhorn
this song sounds like Liz Phair's Explain it to Me
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putting the wattage in your cottage
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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.
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Great band
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They are fantastic live.... Moss is a force of nature.
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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!
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dustinmfhale y
the sonic youth guy nailed it
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Sort of a cross between Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey.Not bad.
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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.
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Me love girls what sing good.
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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.
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coriemtbiker
Nice, thanks Pandora
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sweet and original.
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This is good music!
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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.
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blaskoj
u people have a bad ear for music if you dont like this band
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bromide01
Please stop playing this band.
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bromide01
When did the Strokes get a female singer?
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eww...they'r e playing in support of incubus...st o p it
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yaya good band. need a little more musicianship if this band is going to be taken seriously.
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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.
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Just picked up Neptune, and I really enjoy it. Very strong album.
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cynth.fisher
Sounds like a more melodic, less bluesy Beth Ditto (of the Gossip).
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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...
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Check my profile page for my YouTube site. I have their concert at the Belly Up from July 16th in my playlist. Enjoy.
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Me too.
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i like it

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