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    Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:53:46

    The Duke Spirit to Release "Bruiser" in November - It's their third album

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    Indie rock fans, rejoice! London's own The Duke Spirit are making a much welcomed return with their killer third album Bruiser, due November in the US via Shangri La.

    Here's a little catch up on The Duke Spirit: Liela Moss (vox), Toby Butler (guitar), Luke Ford (guitar), Marc Sallis (bass) and Olly Betts (drums), have spent the past eight months whipping their new tunes into fighting shape with acclaimed producer Andrew Scheps (Johnny Cash, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2) in LA, with additional mixing by the legendary Alan Moulder (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine, The Smashing Pumpkins) in London.

    "We put our songs on a diet, got them lean, mean and hungry sounding," singer Liela Moss says of the dozen stripped-down tracks on the band's new album Bruiser.

    The album started to take shape earlier this year when The Duke Spirit came off two years of touring behind their acclaimed sophomore release Neptune and hunkered down in their new London studio space for the first time ever to sketch out tracks on their own turf!

    Songwriting sessions were fuelled by the band's rekindled appreciation for an eclectic mix of music; from Robert Fripp/David Bowie to Roxy Music to Depeche Mode. When shoegazed rock wasn't on the stereo, inspiration was sought from the darker, sometimes forgotten corners of the NY '60s folk scene, like Karen Dalton and percussive genius Moondog. The band's taste for a more minimalist approach sound-wise, Liela explains, "was marshalled lyrically and musically by strange harmonies that arrive unexpectedly, transient sprinkles of tonal magic, and those short guitar solos that make their point and leave."

    After a few months of work in London, the band grabbed their tapes and files for a pilgrimage back to Los Angeles to finish the record with Andrew Scheps. Scheps --who has a reputation for being Rick Rubin's favorite pair of ears, as well as a production wizard -- helped them slim down their instrumentation so it would ultimately thump on the stereo. "This album feels sharper than before, more articulate" says Moss. "We can get our teeth into it without having to wipe the fuzz off first."

    Are you a fan of The Duke Spirit?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.08.11



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