SINGLE REVIEW: The Dukes Of Bordello – Deaf Or Gory EP (Undead Artists Records)

The Dukes of Bordello are back with their first new recordings in three years, and what a glorious noise they make.

Self-described as ‘hi-octane rock ‘n’ roll trashcan troudabours from the wrong side of town’, they play rebellious music which mixes punk, rock ‘n’ roll, psychobilly and garage rock into an intoxicating blend.

The latest line-up of the band is Andy Barrott on guitar and vocals, Chip Waite on doghouse bass/vocals and Craz Taylor on drums/vocals.

The Dukes have been going about six years, and have a mini-album and a full-length to their name up to now.

An original song, Think I’m Turning Psycho, opens this four-track EP, and it’s a strident slice of garage punk which you could easily imagine The Cramps singing, with a blistering guitar solo. They’ve shared a video for the song too.

Next up are two storming covers, Strychnine by ’60s US garage rockers The Sonics, and Won’t You Make Up Your Mind by ’70s Aussie psychedelic/hard/blues rockers Coloured Balls.

Both are perfect Dukes fodder. Strychnine is heavier, with more gutsy guitar, and the line “once you tried it, you can’t get enough” certainly applies here.

The latter track is another belter, and I’ll be damned if they haven’t sneaked in the solo from Status Quo’s Caroline to add their own stamp to it!

Things to a suitably riotous conclusion with a live version of fans’ favourite All In The Name Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, from 2017 full-length Lowdown ‘N’ Dirty, complete with one of the filthiest guitar riffs you’ll ever hear.

This is punked-up rock ‘n’ roll full of hooks and no little melody, delivered with plenty of passion, and I bet it sounds great live.

It’s a welcome distraction in these troubled times, and anyone who loves good music should get hold of this, whack it on, turn it up loud, and try to stop your foot tapping.

The EP is available now on CD and digitally, with a limited edition red vinyl 7in to follow, hopefully in May, on Sick Taste Records.

Gary Welford owner