By Aaron Bellamy, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer-Rock At Night Tampa Correspondents
Venue: The Vinoy, St. Petersburg, Florida–Warped Tour 2017-The Dukes
Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with dynamic French Art Rockers The Dukes, which was formed in 2010 by Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Francois “Shanka” Maigret – who has been a part of notable French Rockers No One Is Innocent. He is partnered with Drummer/Programmer/Vocalist Greg Jacks from the multi-platinum pop rock band Superbus, which won an MTV award, and 2 French Grammy nominations (winning in 2007 for Best Rock Album). In the interview, The Dukes spoke about their musical influences, experience at Vans Warped Festival, non-profit causes, and give advice to young musicians starting out in the business.
The band has two previous releases: 2010’s “Resilient Lovers” EP and 2011’s “Victory” LP (both recorded by Magnus Lindberg from Cult of Luna). Their first American full length album is “Smoke Against The Beat” (produced by Jamie Candiloro – REM, Ryan Adams) which will be released by Concrete Entertainment on July 28th, 2017. The LP defines the band’s sleazy, sexy, driving sound and has established them as a successful touring act in Europe, both as headliners and as an opening act for international bands on arena tours.
The band recently signed a worldwide management agreement with Bob Chiappardi and Erik Baker of Concrete Entertainment, the sister company of legendary Concrete Marketing. They are currently recording more new material to follow up “Smoke Against The Best” with #1 rock producer Kato Khandwala (Papa Roach, Paramore, The Pretty Reckless) who coined their style as “future rock”. The new material is being recorded at the legendary Sphere Studios in Los Angeles. A Pledge music campaign to finance the new recordings and upcoming tour is set to launch in Mid-June 2017.
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Official Website : www.thedukesmusic.com
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