Album Review: Marmaduke Duke – Duke Pandemonium

By on Tuesday, 12th May 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Marmaduke Duke Duke Pandemonium coverBack in 2003 two of Scotland’s leading noise-smiths got together with the idea of forming a band based around the idea of concepts and making a soundtrack to hedonism, decadence, deviance and dancing. The band in motion is ‘Marmaduke Duke‘ formed by Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and P J Reid of Sucioperro.

After forming in 2003 it wasn’t until 2005 that the bands debut album ‘The Magnificent Duke’ was released, this was mainly down to the duo’s commitments with other bands, this is the same case and reason why new album ‘Duke Pandemonium’ has been put on hold since 2006, with the sudden rise and success of Biffy Clyro the band felt it would be best to release the album when they could tour it.

Live the duo are joined by fellow Biffy brothers James and Ben Johnston with appearances also from drummer Fergus Munro and a masked culprit known only as ‘The Duke’.

‘Duke Pandemonium’ is a synth direction for the band and is the second part in a three-album trilogy. Mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Mars Volta and Foo Fighters) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins) the band has created an album uniquely different to anything they have released before. Songs that take you back to the childhood days of the school Casio keyboards and take you forward to a world you aren’t sure what’s going to happen, but the one thing you do know is it sounds damn good. There are even moments for the most hardcore of Biffy fans with song such as Silhouettes which harnesses a riff that could sit happily on a Biffy album if it wasn’t for the electro feel and sound of ‘The Duke’.

In all Simon and Reid have created quirky witty pop music that is sexually ironic fun for all to behold. With single Rubber Lover already doing the rounds the album is set to be released via 14th floor records on May 11th and will be available to buy via download and CD.

Download: Rubber Lover, Silhouettes, Skin The Mofo and Kid Gloves.

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