Listening to The Duke Spirit for the first time I defy anyone not to be instantly won over by Liela Moss’s soaring yet husky vocals – it is no wonder that this singularly English sound is a fashion favourite. Indeed, in 2009 the band’s 10-track compilation CD was sold alongside a McQ by Alexander McQueen collection, of which one of the shirts featured the face of the rather Nico-esque Liela. Their sound incorporates elements of blues-rock, post-punk and the early grunge bands of the late 80’s and early 90’s such as The Pixies.

The Duke Spirit was formed in London in 2003 when Luke Ford and Moss met at art college. The line-up now consists of Liela Moss – vocals, harmonica, piano, auxiliary percussion, Luke Ford – guitar, backing vocals, Farfisa, piano, Autoharp, Toby Butler – guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals, organs, piano, Olly ‘The Kid’ Betts – drums, glockenspiel, percussion, piano, backing vocals and Marc Sallis – bass guitar.

The band’s third album, Bruiser was released in September 2011. The album was preceded by the Kusama EP in early 2011, named in tribute to the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama whose work had become an inspiration to the band during the writing of Bruiser.

With all these inspiring references it is quite fitting that The Duke Spirit’s Bruiser has been re-imagined as remixes by some interesting characters. Available to download from iTunes from March 4th to coincide with the band’s
 upcoming UK and European tour, the track listing goes like this.

Procession, remixed by the legendary Gary Numan.
Cherry Tree, remixed by SONOIO aka Alessandro Cortini – renowned keyboard player with Nine Inch Nails.
Bodies, remixed by Black Onassis, the Brooklyn based Electronica/Rock’n’Roll band formed by former Kasabian guitarist, songwriter Chris Karloff and ex Boggs drummer Brad Conroy.
Don’t Wait, remixed by Loose Meat. Loose Meat is the pop
collusion of Archie Bronson Outfit’s ARP and Capitol K.

Upcoming tour dates in March for The Duke Spirit:

1st Manchester | RUBY LOUNGE
2nd Leeds | COCKPIT
3rd Glasgow | KING TUTS
5th Bristol | FLEECE
6th Brighton | KOMEDIA
7th London | KOKO
9th Hamburg | MOLOTOW
10th Berlin | C-CLUB
12th Munich | 59:1
14th Milan | MAGNOLIA
15th Bologna | LOCOMOTIV

Words by Anna Bang


anna bang, Liela Moss, Luke Ford, Marc Sallis, Olly Betts, The Duke Spirit, Toby Butler,