The Duke Spirit have hit the road for another tour of the states, which if you can check them out you should. They’re playing a lot of small clubs, so at most it might be a $10 or $12 cover charge. Trust me when I say this, but they are one of the best live bands going. Just ferocious. They are full of piss, vinegar and squalor, but they deliver it in a loud, tight, pretty package. And no, we’re not just talking about lead singer Leila Moss.
The new video for “Lassoo” manages to capture the essence of their live performance, even though it’s not really a live performance. The song is one of the better ones of their dynamite sophomore album Neptune (Shangri-La Music). It sounds like it could fit comfortably off their first disc, which found the band more scuzzy, more Sonic Youth. However, their growth is evident with the subtle touch of horns sprinkled throughout the song and the more polished songwriting.
What the band does do, about as well as anyone, is tap into that emotional core in all of us. You don’t listen to this music so much as you let it surge through you and sweep you away.
U.S Tour Dates:
19 Mountain View, CA @ Download Festival @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
20 Los Angeles, CA @ Download Festival @ GIBSON Amphitheatre
22 Los Angeles, CA The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
23 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
24 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
26 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
28 Hollywood, CA @ Amoeba (instore)
30 New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ Supergrass
1 Philadelphia, PA @ WXPN/World Caf? ? FREE
1 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint (NEPTUNE Live From Neptune, NJ)
2 Camden, NJ @ Download Festival @ Tweeter Center
4 Baltimore,MD @ Ottobar
5 Boston, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
8 Jersey City, NJ @ All Points West Festival @ Liberty State Park
9 Pittsburgh, PA @ New American Music Union Festival @ SouthSide Works
10 Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
12 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
13 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
14 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Also: The band will be on Leno on July 22, so you can set your Tivo’s to watch them if you don’t want to make it out to one of their shows. For all you budding rock photographers ? submit your best live photo over at Buzznet and win a chance to interview the band and have your photos featured in their official TourZine, as well as a Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera [Enter Here]