Intrigue and dark secrets: talking with Modern Day Dukes

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We don’t know about you guys but there is an instinctive appetite here for music which puts the bass to the fore. There is exactly what you get with UK trio Modern Day Dukes, a two bass, one drum kit combination which creates a web of intrigue, adventure, and imagination many fully instrument loaded bands would kill for. New single Okhrana is instant proof of the band’s invention and uniqueness, a combination which hit our sweet spot. With thanks to Carl Arnfield, the man behind the new single’s great video, we settled down with the band to explore the world of Modern Day Dukes….

Hi Guys, thanks for sharing time to talk with us.

Would you please introduce the band to the readers?

We’re a 2 bass / no guitar band from Yorkshire…Pais ‘n’ Rory on bass and Jordan playing the drums. We all sing a bit.

How did you all meet and tell us about the first steps of the band.

I (Pais) met Rory and Jordan through our old guitar boy Ben Marsden. Jordan used to stand in on drums all the time when our old drummer couldn’t make a gig so when the drum stool was vacant he was naturally the guy to fill it.

We are suckers here for all bass no guitar outfits in particular MoRkObOt and Lightning Bolt. What led you down this avenue with the band?

Hadn’t heard those bands before, just checked them out and we really dig them. I’ll add them to my No Guitar / all Bass Spotify playlist.

We were a normal guitar band, but when our guitarist left, rather than replace him we decided to go for something completely different. Rory and Jordan were playing with being a bassy duo and I’d been doing some guitarless demos so we just combined them both and kept the name ‘Modern Day Dukes’ because we had a ton of unsold merch.

There are not that many bands which explore and weave only with bass and drums, a few which do but add synths too, do you think the music scene still annoyingly look down on the instrument as a lesser cousin to the guitar?

Yes. Bass is best. If you get some decent effects, you can make a wide range of sounds.  It’s weird that bass is looked down upon; it’s normally my favourite part of songs.

Did you find a readymade appetite for your set up in your hometowns of Sheffield and Leeds?

Some people get it, some people don’t. The more we do it, the more we work out what works, so it’s easier to convert people to Dukes fans. It took us a little while to find our feet.

Is Modern Day Dukes the first band for you all?

No, Pais was in Silverjet for 8 years and Rory did some shows with a band called Screaming Eagles. This is Jordan’s first rock band.

What sparked the band name?

Pais has always found posh things kinda funny. So that’s where Dukes comes from. It’s also probably subconsciously pinched from an unreleased Weezer track called Modern Dukes. Thinking about it, it’s pretty much a direct steal.

Casting ears over your Happy Now? EP, through to new single, Okhrana, your sound has not only a potent variety to it but has audibly grown release by release. How would you describe its evolution over the past couple of years or so?

We have a couple of earlier releases (These Sick Swans and PPPEP) which really don’t reflect us anymore due to changes in sound and line-up. We’re easily bored so changing things up is a way to stop things getting stale. Every release we’ve tried to come at from a different direction. When we’ve done this bass-thing for a bit we might end up trying something completely new.

Do you go out to try new things each and every time or just let things organically explore?

Photo by Carl @ Chalkman Video Studios

A bit of both, often people leaving or joining the band has significantly changed the sound because we don’t want to just try to emulate what old members did.

Tell us about the new track, for us your most unique and tenaciously mischievous song yet and the premise to its tale.

Essentially I (Jordan) was having a YouTube history binge and stumbled upon the Okhrana. It’s quite a dark theme considering what they did but for some reason it inspired.

You linked up with those great filmmakers Chalkman Video. How did that link up come about?

We know Carl of Chalkman through Rio Goldhammer from the band 1919. Rio also owns Bunnysnot Records that put out our second EP.

Tell us about the shoot and how you all came up with the idea and feel of the film with its great sinister tone and lighting?

That’s 100% Carl. We went to him not really knowing what we wanted so he did all the creative work and we love him for it. Really happy with how it came out.

Is the song typical of what we can expect in the near future from the band and what is next from Modern Day Dukes?

We’re mid-way through recording an album; the other tracks that are completed are totally different shades of Modern Day Dukes.

Tell us how the songwriting process works within the band.

Normally one of us writes 90% of a song then we work together fine-tuning it. The latest single, Okhrana was written by Jordan and in the practice room we added the middle 8 and changed up some sections a little bit.

What has the rest of the year in store for the band gig wise?

We’ve been asked to do a few acoustic with Blacklist Saints so it’s mostly that. I’d love to book a few more full-band acoustic shows; it means we get to play a mix of old and new songs with weird stripped back arrangements.

Our big thanks again, any last thoughts you would like to share?

Cheers for interviewing us Pete. Stay in school, ‘cos Jordan didn’t and now he has to play drums for Modern Day Dukes.

 

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Pete RingMaster 01/11/2017

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Madder Than A Full Moon Dog DVD

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     Lunacy, mayhem, and most of all a celebration of heavy metal and of a lost brother to the genre, Madder Than A Full Moon Dog is one of those films and experiences you come out of feeling you were there and part of something special. Filmed at the UK’s Full Moon Dog Festival in 2012, the DVD throws sweat, noise, and passion at the senses, all rolled up in the love of one of metal’s charismatic frontmen.

     Held at the Cockpit in Leeds, the 2012 Full Moon Dog Festival shows you via the film everything a major festival does not have, the intimacy and unbridled passion of the bands, organisers, and fans united in one purpose, music and celebration. Bringing a mix of live performances, interviews, and back stage antics, there is no selfish intent or endeavour to the occasion which in itself makes the event and film a refreshing encounter. Though not surprising, the affection for Jay-Jay Winter, one of the founders and vocalist/bassist of Asomvel, just fires up the emotions as the camera takes the viewer right into the heart of the festival. Sadly taken from the world in 2010 in a road accident, Asomvel and UK metal was hit hard by the loss of one of the most potent metal protagonists but picked themselves up with the presence of the man still by their side. The event celebrates and parties with his spirit as a host of bands and fans revel in his inspiration and the muscular arms of heavy energy dealing rock ‘n’ roll.

  Conan Asomvel  Directed by Deborah Louise Robinson, the Wienerworld released film also brings a rare and honest glimpse into the world of heavy metal, uniting those on and before the stage in a sinew clad rampage of passion drenched, fire bred metal. From the opening slice of the Asomvel track Full Moon Dog followed by their live performance of Stone Cold Stare, the film thrusts the viewer into live madness and back-stage tomfoolery. Across 83 minutes the likes of Orange Goblin, Mercenary, and of course Asomvel, amongst a great many, recall with relish their times and adventures with Winter to interviewer Rob Webb whilst Toby Craven-Griffiths takes his microphone into the fans for similarly celebratory anecdotes, proving that the man was one of us and a personal friend with so many of the attendees. Smiles and mischief are never absent from playing in front of the camera either, and not all alcohol fuelled, as people throw themselves into the show to eagerly relate their own individual meetings and ventures with Winter.

    The live footage is impressive and powerful, bands such as Stiletto Farm, the band of Winter’s nephew Stel, Mercenary, Dark Forest, Triaxis, Stuka Squadron, and Screaming Eagles unleashing all their sound and passion to enflame the fevered crowds. There are no weak moments in quality and energy from all performances but certainly some moments stand out as a lingering memory; the sight of seeing and feeling Asomvel unleashing Stone Cold Stare and Eliminator scorching air with We Rule the Night sending shivers down the spine whilst Orange Goblin uncaging Round Up the Horses just proves that British metal still rules.Stiletto Farm

   Hilarious, poignant, and thoroughly compelling, the DVD leaves you almost as exhausted as those involved and just as wholly satisfied. It is an outstanding insight to a small and important festival, to the weight and potency of British metal, and the comradeship of its creators lost and present. Not many live DVDs/films truly capture the essence and nature of the beast like Madder Than A Full Moon Dog, which makes its masterful and no holds barred look at the heart of metal even more irresistible and an urgent investigation for all metallers.

http://www.madderthanafullmoondog.com/

Live performances track listing:

· “Full Moon Dog” – Asomvel

· “Stone Cold Stare” – Asomvel

· “Death before Dishonour” – Stiletto Farm

· “Black Shadow” – Mercenary

· “The Wizard of Alderley Edge” – Dark Forest

· “Stand for Something” – Orange Goblin

· “We Rule the Night” – Eliminator

· “Drudgery” – Asomvel

· “Black Trinity” – Triaxis

· “Round Up the Horses” – Orange Goblin

· “Tales of the Ost” – Stuka Squadron

· “Blow Me” – Screaming Eagles

· “They Come Back” – Orange Goblin

· “Womb to the Tomb” – Asomvel

Spirit of Jay-Jay

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Madder-than-Full-Moon-Dog/dp/B00CQO9YMS

RingMaster 21/03/2014

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