“The King Dukes. A bunch of misfits, left behinds, step outta time vagabonds. Hiding in plain sight in the corner of the cafe, Former Cappuccino kids, with sugar on their lips and a wry smile in their eyes. Found on the back of the bus. Earphones in, Record box in hand, sure in the knowledge they have heaven at their fingertips.”
Bristol Soul Rebels The King Dukes are based around a classic core of: Guitar, Bass, Drums and Hammond Organ, they further encompass a fiery three-piece horn section paired with sweet backing vocals, all topped with blue-eyed, soul vocals.
To capture the sound of this vintage backline on their debut record ‘Numb Tongues’, they only used methods suited to a 50’s-60’s sounding album, playing period specific instruments and throwing modern recording techniques to the side, instead sticking with the more rustic and raw styles that were admired at the time, such as recording a section with multiple instruments all at one time.
The result is a record with tracks that sound fresh and with rounded edges, but filled with classic cuts from the past.
This album has a track for every mood, whether you want to move your feet or turn back the sands of time and reminisce about times that once were. The quality of the record and the prestige of the members means that the band are setting themselves up for success in the near future…
Taking 2017/18 to perfect their sound and piece together their debut record, The King Dukes have no hesitation about making an impression in 2019. They are touring the in Autumn, so before long they will be making a name for themselves on the UK circuit.
The King Dukes are:
Marc Griffiths (Vocals,Guitar)
Mandrake Fantastico (Bass)
Dan Clibery (Drums)
Henry Slim (Organ/Piano/Harmonica)
April Jackson (Backing Vox)
Joss Murray (Trumpet)
Rebecca Sneddon (Tenor Sax)
Sarah Loveday-Drury (Trombone)
High Violet PR