The Duke Spirit is my #1 muse for South of Forever. While creating Jett’s character, I harnessed singer Liela Moss’s vocal power and stage presence. (Jett is also part Aja Volkman, from Nico Vega.)
I first saw The Duke Spirit when they opened for Incubus in 2008. I think it was at Mohegan Sun. My friend Nikki had tickets but needed someone to go with. I’d always liked Incubus, so it was a no brainer. The second that The Duke Spirit started playing, I was immediately swept under their spell, and completely forgot about Brandon Boyd.
I bought The Duke Spirit’s album Neptune on the spot, got it signed by the band, and went home to listen to it for the first of a million times.
With their fast-paced, bluesy style, The Duke Spirit is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. They incorporate many instruments into their music, blending grunge guitar with Liela Moss’s smoky voice and smooth bass lines. On stage, they are even better, their energy commanding the crowd.
Side note: I have a huge crush on Liela. I adored her on stage, and she was very sweet in person.
It’s been a few years since they released anything new. They did a song for Batman: Arkham City, but I think they’ve been focusing on their side project, Roman Remains. Still, they’re one of my favorite bands. I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Are you a fan of The Duke Spirit? What music are you currently digging? Leave me a comment and let me know!