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 will release their self-titled debut album on January 29, 2021 via Santeria Records.

Dust & The Dukes’ self-titled debut album is coming on January 29, 2021 via Santeria Records; listen to the brand new heavy blues single Bueno’s

The new year finally brings with it the self-titled debut album by Italian band Dust & The Dukes. Available on CD and on all digital platforms on 29 January 2021 via Santeria Records, with  physical distribution by Audioglobe and digital distribution by The Orchard, Dust & The Dukes burns in the wake of the best desert rock music, drawing on the roots of Americana under a sky of lysergic atmospheres. The power trio from Florence, formed by Italian-American Gabriel Stanza (vocals, keyboards, trumpet), Enrico Giannini (guitars) and Alessio Giusti (drums and percussion), rides towards the stage of their first full-length record, anticipated on November 27, 2020 by the brand new single Bueno’s, an explosive heavy blues anthem in line with Dead Weather by Jack White and Alison Mosshart, as well as particularly eloquent in reminding us that, attention!, “Dust storms may exist“.

In the words of the band: “Bueno’s is about everyone out there that wants to tell you how to live your life, but thank goodness there are people who let themselves go completely into chaos, as if they were in a sandstorm. The musical storm by Dust & The Dukes is figuratively symbolized in Bueno’s video. The place where chaos breaks out is in this case the mind of a painter, reflecting on the story of original sin. The protagonists are a man and a woman made of clay and tied by some red ropes, or by sin, who are desperately trying to reach the light enclosed in a gold frame, the emblem of freedom“.

The imagery of the ten songs in Dust & The Dukes tracklist recalls the epic nature of classic western movies, but listening is an adventure to be experienced on your own skin. The album includes the previous three singles, released between 2019 and 2020 with excellent feedback from critics. Starting from the animal power of Run, which translates into music the primal instinct of the Tuscan band with pulsating blood and tense muscles, with obsessively tribal rhythm and pure rock and roll, recalling Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds shadyness and Rolling Stones thrills, and which was accompanied by a video shot during the event of the Palio in Buti (Pisa), transformed into a sort of local rodeo. To continue with the more reflective blues – the kind of blues that Tom Waits would like very much – of Life In A Bottle, enriched by the contribution of Uberto Rapisardi (The Veils) as a guest on the Hammond organ, and with the irresistible energy in Queens Of The Stone Age style of the sunniest Secrets In The House, a “ghost dance” to be danced on the toe of your boots.

Founded 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, after a self-produced EP and the recent appreciations by Marc Ribot, Dust & The Dukes realize now an enormous potential by firing their first official work. Dust & The Dukes was recorded and produced at SAM Recording Studio by Andrea Ciacchini (Blonde Redhead, The Zen Circus), preserving the attitude and the engaging feeling of the band playing live.

Live dimension, after all, is the ideal one for Dust & The Dukes, which have also played in support of international names such as the already mentioned The Veils and Tinariwen. The trio’s first European tour, which was supposed to take place last spring and was interrupted due to the global health emergency, will been soon rescheduled and will take place in France, United Kingdom and Switzerland. If you ask the dust, the sound storm from Dust & The Dukes will arrive as a reply from now on. Remember: “Dust storms may exist“.

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