Photo by Matthew Rust
A mix between Led Zeppelin, Dead Confederate and The White Stripes, The Dukes’ work is supremely energetic, passionate Rock with a garagey sound, mixed with the catchy Blues groove of The Black Keys. Like Black Sabbath, there’s a touch of bad, sweaty, loud, sexy, thick, intense, drunken Classic Rock. And the band has a kickin’ live show that’s far from careful.
All from the heart and the gut.
“When I get up there, when I’m singing, really laying it all on the line, we’re letting loose,” guitarist/vocalist Lucas Frazier says. “It’s insane, awesome, it’s fucking crazy Rock & Roll. The heart and soul of music lies within when an artist can honestly connect to the audience with something real, and one of the real issues that people connect with is pain, suffering, the trials of everyday life.”
Guitarist/singer Luke Darling adds, “It’s the same show whether it’s one person or a hundred people. It has to be. It’s about us.”
The Dukes host a release party Friday at Northside Tavern with Pop Empire and 20th Century Tokyo Princess. Go here to read C. A. MacConnell's full interview.