Dust & The Dukes

Dust & the Dukes are a rock band born in Florence in 2016, formed by Gabriel Stanza, Enrico Giannini and Alessio Giusti. Their sound journey goes from the roots of American music to desert rock and blues, under a sky of lysergic atmospheres. After a first EP and an intense live activity, which also led them to support The Veils and Tinariwen, Dust & the Dukes have released their new singles "Run", "Life In A Bottle" and "Secrets In The House".

Dust & The Dukes: Run and Life In A Bottle are the singles that have marked 2019, waiting for further news next year

Dust & The Dukes’journey has started from the single Run, while sand rises in a storm and the darkness envelops the sunset’s tongues of fire. Released on September 20, 2019, available as limited vinyl 7″ and on all digital platforms with Audioglobe’s distribution, Run is a song with animal power, born from a jam session that, thanks to the live dimension, has developed to its final form. The sounds are a mix between an obsessively tribal rhythm and pure rock and roll, starting from the Rolling Stones to get to the shadows of artists like Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Not forgetting desert rock fervency and Delta blues sources. Electricity and sweat: Run realizes the primordial instinct of the Florentine trio, formed in 2016 and just a year later winner of the 29th edition of the Controradio Rock Contest, the most important Italian competition for indie musicians. The voice of the Italian-American Gabriel Stanza, also on trumpet and keyboards, is supported by the wall of sound guaranteed by Enrico Giannini’s guitar and by Alessio Giusti’s drums.

Lyrics represent a race in which it’s not important the arrival but the act of movement itself. It’s a physical act of pulsing blood and tense muscles, just like ‘living music’. The horse, when it runs, does not know if it’s in the open space of a prairie or in a path established by man: it just runs! This is Run‘s message”.

Run detonates and that’s it, it’s gunpowder, but it is also accompanied by an equally dynamic video, directed by Stanza, in connection with the cover image of the 7”, where one of the horses of the clip is represented with a soulful look and a black leather mask, as if it were a sort of street fighter. It’s a beast reluctantly harnessed, with inevitable anguish, but at the same time it’s an unconscious country hero. “We shot the video in Buti (Pisa), during the so-called ‘palio’ horse race that for us, tied to an American and western imaginary, is equivalent to a sort of Italian rodeo. We have found our America in Pisa”.  On the B-side of the vinyl there is a different version of Shoot Me Down, a song originally contained in the homonymous self-released EP of 2017: “There is a contrast between the A-side and the B-side, as between dark and light, body and soul, wild impulse and introspection”.

After the wild rock and roll of RunDust & The Dukes have presented a new reflexive and melodic single Life In A Bottle, out on all digital platforms on December 11, 2019 with a cover where there stands out a mysterious pic turned upside down, beyond a glass. “Life in a bottle / We together / ’cause we are rebels / In a land where up is down / And the end is coming soon“. Sometimes up above becomes down below, or vice versa. From the electric fire to the American blues powder, for the Florentine trio supported for the occasion by Uberto Rapisardi (The Veils) as special guest at the Hammond organ

“Life In A Bottle is a sad song, but at the same time it offers a grain of hope. It tells about life and anxiety that we face day after day, trying to reach our dreams, but suddenly it can happen that everything turns upside down. The song was written at first, materializing itself like an illumination. A rare event, like the discovery of water in the desert”.

The original version of Life In A Bottle is accompanied by a specular Direct To Vinyl Session. A video of the performance was also taken from this exclusive session. So, Dust & The Dukes continue their journey, in view of the further news and the European tour coming next year. Welcome to The desert’s Upside Down.

After  Run and Life In A Bottle, the previous singles released in 2019, for Dust & the Dukes it’s time to take a walk on the sunny side of r’n’r. Available on all digital platforms since 21 February 2020 with Audioglobe distribution, the new single Secrets In The House offers an irresistible mix of catchiness and energy: the voice and the keyboards Gabriel Stanza drive the leading melody, while the electric guitar and the drums  sculpt desert rock riffs and rhythms. The result is a “ghost dance” to be danced on the toe of your boots, alternating heel strokes on the hot ground.

““Secrets In The House is a pop song about blues. It’s a song with positive vibes that represents the meeting, comparable to a dance, which takes place between two people connected by an invisible thread. The place where the action takes place is … the soul, so far away and at the same time so close to us. The song tells love through the simple movements that we have under our eyes every day but we often forget to appreciate and live: it is up to the viewer to recognize the magic of dance inside these apparently ordinary gestures. That’s why we can define them as well-kept secrets in the house in which we live, that’s the world”.

Recorded at Sam Recording Studio in Lari by the producer Andrea Ciacchini (Blonde Redhead, The Zen Circus, Motta), the three singles released over the past few months have started a new artistic phase for the Florentine band, waiting for the debut album coming in 2020 and more news.

Dust & The Dukes have always had a fervent live activity, also as supporters for international names such as The Veils and Tinariwen. Now it’s the time for their first European tour that will take them, after a preview in their hometown, to various cities in France, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

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