The Duke Spirit: Bruiser

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The Duke Spirit

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On January 31, 2012
Last modified:August 14, 2012


The English alternative rockers, The Duke Spirit, have rolled out their third album, Bruiser. A solid collection of songs and melodies that has kept me captivated over the last month.

The Duke SpiritThe English alternative rockers, The Duke Spirit, have rolled out their third album, Bruiser. A solid collection of songs and melodies that has kept me captivated over the last month with regular listening, especially in the car. Their sound is a unique blend of grungy psychedelic rock with harmonic melodies and soulful singing lead by female vocalist Liela Moss.

The Duke Spirit is yet another band that I got turned onto through my favorite radio station KCRW. This introduction came with their debut album in 2005, Cuts Across The Land, which has a raw collage-garage-punk-rock band sound with a definitive soulfulness in their music style. Their sophomore album Neptune continued with the same energy. It is a very refreshing sound that gets pulled into my music rotation regularly.

All three of their albums have an infectious raw energy that can quickly put you in a good mood to rock out.

I was a big fan of the first two albums and excited to see they had finally released a third album. Although the Bruiser CD is not available in the US yet, only as an import from the UK, it’ll be available in the US sometime in 2012, in the mean time is available for digital download. Bruiser is the first great album of 2012 that I’m really enjoying, here are a few of the standout tracks.

The Duke Spirit band photoThe album kicks off with heavy rolling drums and a thick baseline that lead into rhythmic vocals in Cherry Tree. The third track, Villain, could easily be used in a James Bond 007 film, it has a slow piano melody that leads into a hypnotic chorus singing “I’m a villain in love/You’re a villain alone”. Then it’s back to thick rolling drums, base, and guitars with Surrender, while Bodies explodes with raw guitar and pounding drums, both very catchy songs with great vocal harmonies. The tempo slows down just a bit in De Lux, giving you a breather with a semi-psychedelic tune. A slow soulful piano start in Sweet Bitter Sweet that builds up into another catchy rhythmic chorus. For those of you who are Garbage fans, the songs Everybody’s Under Your Spell and Northbound sounds like it could easily be from them, especially Liela’s vocals sounding just like Shirley Manson.

Overall another great album from The Duke Spirit and I look forward to adding Bruiser into my regular rotation.

Video: Surrender

Now that I think about it, I suppose Garbage is good comparison for the band. Not all their songs sound like them, but a fair amount have that resemblance, but with The Duke Spirit‘s British style. Top it off with well written songs and solid production on all three albums to create that musical magic that gets you hooked. If you enjoy listening to some good alternative rock n’ roll then give The Duke Spirit a listen. They have a great unique sound that is infectious and I’m sure you’ll be delightfully surprised how enjoyable and fun it is to rock out to their albums.



  1. The Duke Spirit: BruiserCherry Tree
  2. Procession
  3. Villain
  4. Don’t Wait
  5. Surrender
  6. Bodies
  7. De Lux
  8. Sweet Bitter Sweet
  9. Running Fire
  10. Everybody’s Under Your Spell
  11. Northbound
  12. Homecoming


  1. The Duke Spirit: NeptuneI Do Believe
  2. Send A Little Love Token
  3. The Step And The Walk
  4. Dog Roses
  5. Into The Fold
  6. This Ship Was Built To Last
  7. Wooden Heart
  8. You Really Wake Up The Love In Me
  9. My Sunken Treasure
  10. Lassoo
  11. Neptune’s Call
  12. Sovereign

Cuts Across The Land

  1. The Duke Spirit: Cuts Across The LandCuts Across The Land
  2. Love Is An Unfamiliar Name
  3. Darling, You’re Mean
  4. Win Your Love
  5. Hello To The Floor
  6. Bottom Of The Sea
  7. Fades The Sun
  8. You Were Born Inside My Heart
  9. Lion Rip
  10. Lovetones
  11. Stubborn Stitches
  12. Red Weather
  13. Take A Look Around
  14. So Good To Hear
  15. Boot Hill

The Duke Spirit Resources

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