The King Dukes

Born in Bristol in 2017, The King Dukes are an exciting new prospect just waiting to be stumbled upon. This amalgamation of fine talent from various bands in the area (including Crippled Black Phoenix, Screamin’ Miss Jackson and the John E Vistic Experience) have started a new journey with the aim of combining their experience to create a unique and authentic sound, dipped in soul heritage. They take influence from such bands as Little Willie John, Roy Head and the Traits, Georgie Fame, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Otis Redding, including contemporaries such as St Paul and the Broken Bones, Leon Bridges and James Hunter.

Based around a classic core of guitar, bass, drums and Hammond organ, they further encompass a fiery three-piece horn section paired with sweet backing vocals, all topped with blue-eyed, soul vocals. To capture their vintage sound on their debut record Numb Tongues, they used 50s and 60 production techniques and played period specific instruments. Throwing modern recording techniques to the side the band instead stuck to more rustic and raw methods such as recording a section with multiple instruments all at one time. The result is a record with tracks that sound fresh and with rounded edges, but filled with classic cuts from the past.

Numb Tongues has a track for every mood, whether you want to move your feet or turn back the sands of time and reminisce about times that once were. The quality of the record and the prestige of the members means that the band are setting themselves up for success in the near future.

Taking 2017/18 to perfect their sound and piece together their debut record, The King Dukes have no hesitation about making an impression in 2019. They are touring the album in Autumn, so before long they’ll be making a name for themselves on the UK circuit.

The King Dukes are:
Marc Griffiths (Vocals,Guitar)
Mandrake Fantastico (Bass)
Dan Clibery (Drums)
Henry Slim (Organ/Piano/Harmonica)
April Jackson (Backing Vox)
Joss Murray (Trumpet)
Rebecca Sneddon (Tenor Sax)
Sarah Loveday-Drury (Trombone)

  • Rub You The Right Way
  • Caril-Anne
  • I Guess Mondays (aren’t gonna be the same anymore)
  • Keep on Living
  • I Gotta Go
  • Dying Man
  • Kid Gloves
  • True True Love
  • Coming Right Back For Your Heart
  • Gone Gone Gone
  • Marlo Cooper