The Duke Spirit - Love Is An Unfamiliar Name (Polydor)
UK release date: 2 May 2005
The old template of female fronted rock bands seemed to have fallen out of favour recently, but The Duke Spirit, together with the excellent Rilo Kiley, could well signal a resurgence.
This five piece from London are fronted by the charismatic Laila Moss, whose vocals are like a cross between P J Harvey, Patti Smith and Karen O with all the scary psychosis that could imply. Drummer Olly Betts grabs hold of the song from the off and the pace never lets up for a minute until it's built up to a frighteningly intense mix of voodoo blues.
With their debut album set to be released later this month, get used to hearing Moss' charismatic vocals - you're soon going to find this band difficult to escape.