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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Duchess of York provide the first addictive smash hit of my summer

Take four kids from Richmond, VA who average an individual age half that of Jack White, and all collectively have lived fewer years than one Mr. James Brown, but who exude heavy doses of both vibes in perfect collaboration.

My new favorite on-repeat listen is "21st Century Slave" from their Era In Static EP. No, seriously -- like, listen over and over in my car until it's ridiculous, trying to suppress the urge to dance in the driver's seat, and restrain myself at stoplights so I don't get weird looks. I find the raw and pugilistic garage scowl of the White Stripes mixed with the outrageous I-feel-good funk of the Godfather of Soul/Jackson 5 to be an absolutely irresistible sound combination. Listen! Try to sit still.

21st Century Slave - Duchess of York

Duchess Of York swagger and strut with the cockiness that only comes from not having lived long enough to know better yet. But let them for a while - this is a terrific album from a talent that is relatively unknown outside of Richmond, but who have the stuff to hit it huge.

They are 16, 17, 18 and 21 and the band is made up of two brothers and a pair of cousins. This is somehow their third proper album, all dirty growly blues with super-seductive funk and melody.

LISTEN: More tunes (try "Animal City")
BUY: Era In Static



At June 12, 2008 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinda very easy to sit still for this.

At June 12, 2008 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooooh this is fantastic Heather. I love it.....thanks!

Christina in Argentina

At June 13, 2008 12:31 AM, Blogger Pete K said...

kitchy ... also sounds like they're (eh hem) borrowing from a few too many pop hits from the last century.

The best thing this thing has going for it is the bridge which then again sounds like the background music for the next KIA commercial.


At June 13, 2008 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i liked the beginning of the track better when it was called shakedown street.

At June 14, 2008 11:00 AM, Blogger Natsthename said...

Excellent song!

At June 16, 2008 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a great song!! If you check their myspace, Tangle Me Up is also an awesome song.

At June 16, 2008 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great band. i think your information is wrong though, the bassist and singer are brothers and distant cousins of the drummer. the other guitarist isnt related to any of them (but is quite sexy)

At June 19, 2008 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i'm a member of the band i play guitar.
thanks for the great review.
i also appreciate your allusion to Leash.
saw em in VA Beach it was spectacular.

At July 11, 2008 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

these guys are absolutely insane, this track is cool but man the innovative sounds of the rest of their tracks on myspace are classic but so forward. this is excellent, i am now a fan, thanks for the post.

At July 16, 2008 10:48 PM, Blogger Serge said...

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At July 16, 2008 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha, I took that photo of them.

At July 16, 2008 10:58 PM, Blogger heather said...

Well thanks for it, it is a great one!

At August 20, 2008 11:04 AM, Anonymous stephanie said...

Hey! I'm not a member of the band, just a fan saying that they have their new ep for sale on their myspace (myspace.com/doymusic) and some songs from the ep on the site.

If you want to support them, PLEASE go to http://www.40th.vcu.edu/events/bands.php and VOTE for Duchess of York. Tell your friends!! It would mean alot.

At January 12, 2009 7:02 PM, Anonymous NB said...

Saw these guys last year by chance on the VCU "Amped" show on PBS (I think that was the name...). I was so hooked on Michael's vocals, guitar and the whole band's presence that I ordered their CD. Maybe it was just me, but watching them live I was thinking Zepplin and that rough pure rock of the 1970s. Could be dating myself of course. Whatever you think - enjoy it!

At February 25, 2009 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i go to school with the guitarist and he is so cool. the drummer graduated from my school when i was a freshman and these guys are so friggin sweet. like seriously, thy are so talented and they just rock and im so glad i know them. great group of guys. :)

At June 01, 2009 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

duchess of dork


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