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Video of the Day #76: Marmaduke Duke

By on Monday, 8th June 2009 at 6:00 pm

Ahhh, Marmaduke Duke, how I love thee. This is the video to their new single, Silhouettes which is out on 6th July.

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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.


In The Post #2: Marmaduke Duke

By on Tuesday, 28th April 2009 at 12:00 pm

Taking a hint from the rather brilliant Popjustice‘s Twitter page, we’re starting another quick and easy to write “Daily feature” – In the Post. Basically, one item that’s been in our post recently, most days at midday. It might be amazing, it might be rubbish, either way we’ll give it our 2 minute judgement. Like this feature? Hate it? Leave us a comment below.

Marmaduke Duke Duke Pandemonium coverThe first Marmaduke Duke album I wasn’t too keen on – having loved current single “Rubber Lover” on the radio, I checked out their debut album, The Magnificent Duke. I personally wasn’t a huge fan, so checking out the forthcoming Duke Pandemonium, I was unsure whether we’d click.

Click? No, sadly we didn’t. We fell in, what will hopefully be, a long and loving relationship. Possibly one of the greatest pop albums of the year, it is a work of genius from Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and JP Reid of Sucioperro. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and the album is all the better for it. Describing the album as “Superfunky, supertight, superunique” in their interview with Thom in February, we thought they had to be talking hot air. No, they really weren’t. We love it, though it won’t be to everyone’s tastes.

Personally, I love the trio of “Erotic Robotic” / “Je Suis Un Funky Homme” / “Rubber Lover” towards the end of the collection. Hilarious, funky and strong pop tunes they just beg to be danced to when very very drunk. From the opening “Heartburn” (“you say it’s heartburn / I say it’s catching”), it’s got pop hooks galore and is memorable to the very end, with the amazing “Skin the Mofo” closing, complete with Caribbean steel drums – Scottish hairy rockers have gone all calypso for one track. Amazing.

(As a side note: I may have gone a bit overboard on positives here. I simply adore this album from when it dropped in my post box a few weeks ago. You may not agree, but I love it).

Duke Pandemonium is released on 11th May.


Daily Video #41: Marmaduke Duke

By on Thursday, 2nd April 2009 at 6:00 pm


We haven’t mentioned Marmaduke Duke anywhere near as much as we should have done here on TGTF. Their forthcoming album, Duke Pandemonium (out May 4th) is amazing and shaping up to be one of our favourites so far this year.

So watch this new video for their forthcoming single, Rubber Lover, which is out on 20 April – it’s suitably strange and great in equal parts.


Interview: Marmaduke Duke

By on Monday, 23rd February 2009 at 2:33 pm

Marmaduke Duke (side)The exciting duo of Marmaduke Duke are back, times have changed since their debut dropped (both are now miles more successful with their main projects), but ‘the essence of the Duke’ hasn’t gone anywhere. We caught up with JP to talk about the new record..

Give us a quick description of your sound..

Sexual, instinctive, hard, soft, sweet.

Your first album was recorded a long time before your band or Biffy Clyro really took off, what are the differences now that both you and Simon are in very successful bands?

We just have to arrange our schedules a little more in advance but it’s healthy for young virile men to keep busy.

To what point do you treat this as a side project and how much importance do you give it in relation to your other project?

It’s our main thing when we’re doing it and we devote a lot of time to it but the biggest chunk of time is taken up with our main bands. Side project makes it feel like an afterthought when that’s far from the case.

The first album boasted a remarkable versatility with the Implodes/Explodes/Corrodes sections – are there similar plans for this release?

It’s versatile in other ways, there’s nothing even remotely like the first record on here and we both sing and play in a different way on it too. The first record will still be a big part of the live extravaganza though so hopefully fans of the first record will be along for the ride with us, we know everyone understands what we’re trying to do.

The album was recorded soon after the first, with some tracks dating back to 2005, how different is the new record?

It’s a leap in another direction but still very much contains the essence of the Duke.

Describe the sound of the new album..

Superfunky, supertight, superunique

Tell us more about the upcoming singles ‘Kid Gloves’ and ‘Rubber Love’..

‘Kid’ was the last song written for the record and for me is very much the comedown from the hedonism and decadence of pandemonium. ‘Rubber’ is the coming up and is about one love for a prosthetic real life doll.

How did you find working with Rich Costey whose already worked on such successful records?

It was a great laugh actually. Like most supertalented people he’s confident and patient and gets the job done whilst regaling fabulous stories about Rick Rubin et al.

What can you tell us about The Death Of The Duke?

It will be a modern classical two guitar death march. At the moment we’re working on riffs and rhythms.


Video of the day #8: Marmaduke Duke – Kid Gloves

By on Friday, 20th February 2009 at 6:00 pm

Marmaduke Duke may not be a name you’re all familiar with. The duo behind it, Simon Neil and JP Reid, are usually better known in their main projects, Biffy Clyro and Sucioperro, however their side project is a chance for them to go slightly crazy…

We have an interview with JP on Monday afternoon, so stop by to check that out if you’re interested.

Otherwise check out the ace video below…



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