Marmaduke Duke - Duke Pandemonium (4 stars)

Marmaduke Duke - Duke Pandemonium

(14th Floor Records)


The second album from the collision of chaos that is Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil and JP Reid of Sucioperro is the next chapter in the life of the mysterious and magnificent Marmaduke Duke. And it seems to be that chapter where we find out that he likes to have a little fun.

Born of a book written by the parents of a mutual Portuguese friend, the duo brought the Duke’s life to record on their debut, The Magnificent Duke – an album of mixed mentalities, soundtracking a psychosis and instability on the part of their embellished protagonist. Here though, the Duke is on his way up – ready to party, ready for life, with the future just an afterthought. He’s George Best down the pub, he’s Sid Vicious before the heroin did its job, he’s the heart of a bloody good record.

‘Heartburn’ is the menacing opener, all twisted beats and rattlesnake percussion. It may lack the hiss, but it has the venom, and it’s a bite that rushes straight to the head. Then it’s the turn of the body, with ‘Everybody Dance’ spiked and driven by the beat, more akin to LCD Soundsystem or Daft Punk than the soaring rock of their day jobs. ‘Kid Gloves’ stands out as ambient reflection though – a cigarette on the doorstep in this house party of hedonism – and current single ‘Rubber Lover’ has an unexpected pop melody too obvious too ignore.

The Duke’s grown up and got over his past and invited you to celebrate. It’d be rude to ignore him.

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