The Duke Spirit at the Astoria

Just back from seeing The Duke Spirit at the Astoria. This was the first place I saw them play, when they opened for Elbow in early 2006. I’ve seen themseveral times since. They’re my favourite guitar band of the moment.

It was therefore a very familiar set tonight: all the rockin’ tunes from Cuts Across the Land and Neptune. Singer Leila Moss was all rock poses; the band started getting into it about 20 minutes in. “Love Is An Unfamiliar Name” and “Send a Little Love Token” well and truly rocked.

The sound was a bit muddy, though. I think I’ve been spoiled by good audio quality at previous shows.

The Duke SpiritPhoto from richt/tlodf via Creative Commons license