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A three-piece from the south-bank of Tyneside, Duchess it seems flatly refuse to be
bracketed or codified. Drawing on influences as diverse as the anger-wrought
primal offerings of Sex Pistols and AC/DC via the Sunkist anguish of mid-60’s R&B legends like
Marvin Gaye, arriving at the viscerally honest front porch of Biffy Clyro, Duchess are, well,
different. And it was the latter bands’ influence that drove the endeavour forward to become a well recognised band in the North-East music scene after releasing their debut EP '04:10' in October 2014 and their second EP 'Honeyhead' in September 2015.
An EP born of late nights, loss and nostalgia, '04:10' was and still is the birthmark of the band. Recorded in Autumn of 2014 and released in October of the same year, they quickly turned heads with the genre-jumping sound. Between the dancy live favourite 'Slang' and the intimate slow-burner 'What If It's Waiting' Ten-past-four still has people struggling to pinpoint who/what they sound like, with listeners landing somewhere between Jimmy Eats World, U2 and Kate Bush but in a good way of course.
The bands second offering comes in the form of an 8 track mini album that they're adamant is an EP. Honeyhead is the sound of Duchess playing with their dynamics and exploring their writing norms. Released less than a year after their first, Honeyhead is a collection of songs crafted during the hangover of '04:10', the EP is 8 tracks of the Tynesiders tightroping between short bittersweet pop songs such as 'Mojave Rain' to rock ballad-esque heart clenchers in the form of 'Dear Boleyn', all the while carrying the concept that as one door closes another one opens.
Duchess have since been honing their live sound over the years, creating a raw, immediate and intimate live show that showcases their soaring, emotive sound.
They have supported the likes of Allusondrugs, Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life), Toy Mountains, Judas, False Advertising, Little Comets while nabbing slots at local festivals such as Meet The North, NARC. Fest, Third Time Lucky Festival and Oxjam Newcastle, they are now preparing to take their visceral live show around the country.