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 experiences and passions to create a unique and authentic sound, dipped in soul heritage. The band take influence from such bands as Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Frank Wilson, Jimmy Robins, 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 threepiece horn section paired with sweet backing vocals, all topped with blue-eyed, soul vocals. To capture the sound of this vintage backline on their debut record ‘Numb Tongues’, they only used methods used for a 50’s/60’s sounding album, playing period specific instruments and throwing modernrecording techniques to the side, instead sticking with the more raw styles that were admired at the time, 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. Having already impressed audiences with their live performances (including a residency at Bristol’slegendary Old Duke), the recordings have followed suit.