UK band The Duke Spirit have spent the past nine years touring the world, taking in venues as historic as the Hollywood Bowl and Wembley Arena, gracing just about every festival stage going from Coachella to Glastonbury and playing in countries as exotic as Sri Lanka and Australia, and along the way Liela Moss (Vocals), Toby Butler (Guitar), Luke Ford (Guitar / Vocals), Marc Sallis (Bass) and Olly Betts (Drums) have managed to release three critically acclaimed studio albums, numerous EPs and a live album.
The band's latest release, 'Bruiser', was recorded between London, Wales and the band's adopted 'second home' of Los Angeles where the band camped out with multi-Grammy Award winner Andrew Scheps (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Metallica, Adele) to finish the album.
Following on from their Top 40 debut 'Cut Across The Land' and acclaimed sophomore album 'Neptune', which featured the hit single 'The Step And The Walk', the Duke Spirit's 'signature' rumbling bass lines and unmistakeable Fender amp tones are clearly present on 'Bruiser'. Luke Ford's Vintage and Reissue Deluxe Reverb amps and Marc Sallis's Vintage 1977 Precision Bass overdriven bass tones helped shape the sound and feel of 'Bruiser'.
Talking about his bass tone, Bassist Marc Sallis says: "Since joining the band in 2008 my trusty 1977 P-Bass has never left my side on the road and when it came to recording it was the go to bass and never let me down when it came to tone. It's definitely one of those 'special' basses that I feel lucky to have found."
The Duke Spirit have also had a few adventures collaborating with the fashion world -- designers Philip Lim and the late Alexander McQueen called Liela their muse – but Moss says the band doesn't let this get in the way of making no-frills full-on rock'n'roll music. "There's an element of costume that perhaps is related to seeing a part of the fashion world up-close, feeling the theatrics of it in the room" she reveals, "but we have not been much changed from those encounters. We have enjoyed the random collaborations and the invites to do stuff with sublime designers, but we haven't acquired affectations since. We still mess with nasty sounds and ideas that spill into the realm of ugliness and rejection!"