Duke Evers

Duke Evers

 Seattle, Washington, USA
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Barn burning rock n roll, with blues flavored pop melodies

Biography

Duke Evers is a three-piece entity of thunder-rock from Seattle. The band has been around for three years, just long enough to figure out that it has two kinds of fans: Those that are totally loyal after having had their faces melted with blistering licks and those that haven’t heard the it yet. It’s the band’s goal to convert the latter into the former.

Sure, lots of bands can talk about how their sound is pounding crash of rock that reverberates for hours after being heard but Duke Evers walks that exact walk. The sound is as infectious as it is precise; there isn’t a wasted beat or note in a song. The word “tight” may have been invented to describe this group. Saying the band rocks like a fine-tuned machine is one thing but seeing it live is another.

A Duke Evers show can be described as both “rip-roaring” and “barn-burning”. If one were at one of their shows and noticed a person there not heshing out in pure post-grunge bliss, then one would wonder that said person was not in fact a type of robot meant to merely resemble a person with taste.

The sound is the key; it’s loud while still being dynamic. It’s kinetic, and it’s conveys import without any grandstanding or ego. The bands charisma – of which there is more than enough – is organic.

Within that sound are traces of 80s-style art rock, reminders of 90s-style indie-rock faves, and even some late-70s style guitar-driven power-pop, all wrapped in a smartly self-aware blues-influenced mantle. 

The often-sparse but generally-roaring guitars of Josh Starkel lead the melodies. These, coupled with his heavily-reverbed and crooner-esque vocals work as a great combo that reminds us that rock can be friendly even when it’s heavy. His smooth delivery and stage banter only reinforce this.

The drum work of Kyle Veazy is a perfect match, spanking out urgent yet nuanced beats that act as a perfect support for the sound. The style ranges from machinegun-like precision to fills that set up changes perfectly. Even better is the smile on Veazy’s face during shows – he’s having as much fun as anyone else, and it’s infectious.

Dune Butler completes the threesome on bass and has made for a solid addition. His low-end mojo really serves to link the rhythm and melodic parts of a song into a cohesive whole; his work is solid but technical at the same time. Duke Evers was really good as a two-piece, but are better with a third.

The band has been enduring a whirlwind of rising popularity since it started playing in front of real people in 2013, including showcases in New York, Italy, and headlining several shows in its hometown of Seattle.

The band is young and it’s clear that it has a great future ahead of it. It’s proud to have been forged in the city that produced greats like Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and so many others, but strives to contribute to the musical tapestry of its peers instead of aping their efforts.

Duke Evers plans to be successful on its own terms and with its own music and in its own way. So far it’s work ethic and never-say-die attitude have proven that it will likely do exactly that.

Lyrics

Seaside

Written By: Josh starkle,Kyle veazey,Andy Bruno

And your seaside memories they've brought me down and your seaside memories there all across my face, as I pulled to right just to tie my shoe and you slipped the knot and you fell right through again she said how long must I wait I've been waiting all damn day she said won't you hesitate even if I won't stay
Chorus oh oh oh
and I'll trade you a skittle for a cigarette and I'm stuck in the middle and baby you can bet I'll fold and I been standing on the corner on the side the street and you can bet I could use a little company she said how long must I wait I've been waiting all damn day she said won't you hesitate even if I won't stay
chorus. Repeat first verse.
Outro she cried how long must I wait I've been waiting all damn day won't you hesitate even if I won't stay