Tell me a bit about your band? Who are your major influences?
We’re Edgar Duke; A three-piece from Leeds with a sound that finds itself somewhere within Queens of the Stone-Age, Hendrix, Drenge, Tame Impala and The Cribs; it also has a funky side… Heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We met at a gig put on by Double Denim in January, I (Tom, Guitar/Vocals) was opening the show and Luke (Bass) and James’ (Drums) Band were on later… I was solo at the time and looking for a band to play with, the next day James messaged me asking if I needed a drummer, we later got Luke to join and the rest is sweet, sweet history.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite venues?
We recently played two gigs at Belgrave Music Hall, one opening and one headlining; it was definitely the biggest stage we’ve played on, we absolutely loved it. We’ve played: Milo, Headrow House, Verve, The Primrose, Fox and Newt, Shuffle Dog, The Library, and The Brudenell Social Club (That was just Tom flying solo, we will return as a full band…) Favorite Venues have probably been; The Brudenell (because of its stature) and Headrow House (because it’s a great stage and the room is a decent size)
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Tom: I do, I write the bones of the song (Lyrics/melody general tonal ideas) then bring it to Luke and James and they help flesh it out.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Our biggest challenge has probably been starting from scratch and getting gigs without help from a manager/agent. We’ve found sending emails doesn’t work for us, going to gigs and chatting to other bands, their managers or the promoters helps massively though. That’s how we got most of our gigs.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
There’s a lot of waiting around before/after sound checks; so get a good book or start developing an alcohol dependency…also don’t wear jumpers on stage, that shit’s sweaty!
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We do indeed, we’re playing in the Futuresound competition, competing for a place to play at Reading or Leeds; that’s the 15th July at The Wardrobe! And we’ll be playing at the Wardrobe the following day, with Jabbawoki! Also playing on the 30th July with the famous 360 Club at The Library! We’ve also been confirmed to play the brand new Kazoopa Festival after winning a poll out of loads of unsigned Leeds bands on their Facebook page!
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Get on our soundcloud and show all your pals our newest tuuuuuunes………
We’re also on Facebook and Twitter (@edgardukeband)
Quickfire (To be answered by one band member)
Answered by Tom O’Reilly- Guitar/Vocals
WEAPON OF CHOICE –
Guitar- specifically a Rickenbacker 620 Jetglo
Wardrobe 15th July. OBJECTIVE – World Domination.
GUILTY PLEASURE –
Canned Heat- Jamiroquai
Hugh Greenwood, he’s both my life coach and my spirit animal.
Mushrooms, fucking hate them
I play guitar, i don’t have a favorite designer…. yet.
Doc martens… my trusty loafers.
AT THE BAR –
IN THE KITCHEN –
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT –
Jimi Hendrix at Monterey Pop Festival
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE –
Predestination… not the best film ever but it twisted my melon like no other.
Interstellar; a church organ in a space movie… and it works… Hans Zimmer is a genius.
By Rachel Brown
Owner of Northern Exposure I’m a Northern girl who loves her music and is a tad obsessed with Liam Gallagher and Ian Curtis! I am full of passion for live music, brimming with enthusiasm and striving to give new and upcoming bands a shot. I’m planning on putting on as many Northern exposure gigs as I possibly can. Sniffing out the UK’s best upcoming talent!