In today’s fast-paced world time is precious. Some bands deserve your time, and this is one of them. Duologue are the antithesis of pop music’s current disposable cultural impasse. Their debut album is an immersive experience intended to be absorbed and cherished with repeated listens, not to be heard once on laptop speakers and disregarded. Much like a great novel, this one is hard to put down and will stay with you forever.
The London five-piece are a product of the modern world and its easy access to music. Bonding over a mixture of the best in electronica and guitar-based music, they’ve fused this eclecticism into a truly inimitable sound of their own. “You could pick some songs and we’d be likened to a folk act, another few and we’d be called dubstep,” explains front man Tim Digby-Bell. How many bands can you say that about? Their cerebral experimentation may not be mainstream, but it’s fast becoming a favourite among the cognoscenti.
The journey began with two original members – Tim Digby-Bell and Toby Leeming (vocals/live programming and beats) – producing on a computer whilst at Edinburgh University. Both realised what they were creating was too big for just a couple of people to play. Seb Dilleyston was brought in to add emotive atmospheres on violin having previously trained with world renowned violinist Maria Eitler. Toby Lee was next on guitar, and then bassist Ross Stone completed the line-up.
Early gigs in their nascent career were explosive in more ways than one. Aside from gaining a scintillating live reputation they were also becoming known for having things blow up onstage. A show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush saw the lights shatter above their heads as soon as the set began, and at The Barfly in Camden Town there was an electrical fire halfway through their performance. Whether or not the crowd thought these mishaps were all part of a unique live show will remain a mystery but one thing is for certain, their status on the road grew exponentially and support slots for everyone from Matthew Dear to Clock Opera have followed.
What makes the band so compelling is that they are just that, a band. Refusing to rely too heavily on programmed elements, each layer comes to life in the live arena. “We wanted to have moments where we can strip it down to the bare essentials, really intimate moments, and then to build up to these epic electronic parts too. It needs to feel like a real journey,” says Tim.
The debut album is the culmination of a year’s preparation honing and self editing their eclectic sound and huge catalog of demos in preparation to record. Having already self-produced and released two EP’s showcasing their ability to encompass a wide range of sounds and references the final piece of the puzzle came with the introduction of producer Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Ladytron). In March 2012 the band and Jim holed up in a Chatham studio and began work – with many of the parts already formed and recorded, Jim took on a co-production role, intuitively helping them further enhance their sonic make-up. Digital synths were replaced by richer analogue gear, real strings replaced programmed ones, and even the inclusion of a church organ. “The church was really chilled. I slightly lied. I said we’d dropped £15 in the collection box,” laughs Toby. Nonetheless they’ve been blessed with a great collection of songs from the process.
‘Push It’ is the lynchpin. A four-four dance beat gives structure to a hauntingly atmospheric six minute epic of lyrical self-doubt. Soaring strings and guitar melodies combine in the pinnacle which sees the guys playing to the limit, giving their all in a song replete with daedal rhythms. ‘Escape Artist’ shows they’re equally adept at the other end of the scale. At their most stripped back, this one is rooted in simple harmonies combining live vocals and looped brass samples, yet carries as much emotive weight as the more layered moments. ‘Gift Horse’ is a beautiful lullaby mixing swooning strings with electronic glitches in a contrasting way that will leave audiences rapt. It’s a debut showing courage, refusing to take one path or another, daring to avoid being pigeon-holed yet cohesive enough to stand firmly as an impressive body of work.
Tim’s powerful voice ties all the diversity together, a rich falsetto, he floats effortlessly amid an ever changing backdrop of beats, synths, and strings, molding his own melodies on a patchwork sound-mosaic already replete with creativity. ‘Constant’ sees his melismatic vocal style delicately accompanied by lilting guitar picking in a real highlight.
Due for release in January, this record is the culmination of a journey, yet it’s just the beginning of one too for an intelligent group of musicians intent on longevity. Such experimentation, bold self-belief, skillful songwriting, and unique fusing of musical genres are incredibly rare, and this is only the first album…
Tim Digby-Bell (Vocals), Toby Leeming (Live programming & beats), Seb Dilleyston (Violin), Toby Lee (guitars), Ross Stone (Bass).
Duologue release double A side single Zeros/Underworld on October 29th and follow up album on Killing Moon Records February 2013
DUOLOGUE ANNOUNCE U.S. DEBUT EP, A-B VIDEO FOR IMPRESSIVE FIRST SONG PUSH IT NOW ONLINE
“Duologue’s noise is all consuming and truly mesmeric.” i-D
“A bracing, menacing combination … that is powerfully direct yet richly complex.” Sunday Times Culture
“(Duologue) ambitiously and impressively combine Led Zeppelin/White Stripes blues-rock with dub-step wobble.” Mixmag
Following up the critically acclaimed eponymous first EP, experimental London based five-piece Duologue are thrilled to make their U.S. debut with a new collection of songs entitled A-B. This stimulating four-song EP is proof of the band’s ability to fuse audio technology with good, old-fashioned, heartfelt songs. Written, performed, produced and mixed by Duologue, A-B is full of haunting melodies, glitchy beats, bass heavy riffs and guitar solos that seamlessly soar into dance friendly rhythms that are pulled together by emotionally charged vocals.
The band’s first introduction to the States is this mesmerizing live performance of first track “Push It.” Watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPzs9XiPZcg
“I guess we would consider ourselves musicians and producers in the way we approach a track, we write the song, break it apart and build it up layer by layer, using as many new sounds and beats as possible and pushing it as far as it can go” says guitarist and vocalist Tim Digby-Bell.
Deceptively named, Duologue’s first incarnation was born from the meeting of techno DJ & beats programmer Toby Leeming and Digby-Bell while studying in Edinburgh, Scotland. Through a shared love of obscure electronica and subversive Detroit techno, as well as the more usual suspects like Aphex Twin and Radiohead, the pair went from bedroom experimentalists to recruiting fellow childhood and university pals Seb Dilleyston (violins), Ross Stone (bass), and Toby Lee (lead guitar) to form a fully-fledged band. The band’s ambitious writing – Leeming’s hypnotizing heavy beats and poet Digby-Bell’s fractured lyrics, which often tell of their frustration with the monotony of the everyday – showcase Duologue’s ability to leave the listener euphoric, elated and always thinking.
In between retreating to the wilds of South England to write and produce, Duologue have found time to self-curate a number of sell-out shows with the likes of Matthew Dear, Darkstar, Breton, and Worship. In addition, the band collaborated with up and coming director and VJ, Lewis Kyle White (2 Many DJ’s, Radio Soulwax, Crystal Fighters) to produce four remix videos for the songs on their debut EP. The videos are currently being hosted online at www.duologuemusic.co.uk.
Duologue are starting to garner a name as remixers, having recently remixed The Drums, Little Dragon, and more. Check out their remix of the Givers “Up Up Up” here: http://soundcloud.com/stayloose/givers-up-up-up-duologue
Duologue will make their first trip to the U.S. in early 2012. They’ll perform in New York at the end of January and Los Angeles the first week of February. Stay tuned for more details!
DUOLOGUE ANNOUNCE DEBUT LP, SONG & DANCE
Q MAGAZINE, NEW YORK TIMES AND MTV APPROVED NEW BAND
FIRST TRACK “UNDERWORLD,” NOW PLAYING
SONG AND DANCE OUT FEBRUARY 18
Duologue Announces North American Release of Debut
Song and Dance LP On October 22nd
Returns to the US for Performances at Culture Collide and CMJ
“Leading the charge of new British bands…their nuanced songs delicate and full of nostalgic yearning”
- The Guardian
“an embrace of sounds that are difficult or impossible to produce on physical instruments…prizing smooth transitions and not looking back.” – The New York Times
“one of the most interesting surprises of the weekend; with enough wires on stage to build a space station, this tech-heavy band play their guitars with violin bows and loop vocal hooks to create a noise that is both delicate and full of depth.” – MTV [Great Escape Live Review]
Watch Duologue Perform ‘Underworld’ Live at The Old Red Lion Theatre
UK quartet Duologue has announced the North American release of their debut album, Song and Dance, out October 22nd on Killing Moon Records. The five-piece band from London has been garnering praise for the record since its release abroad, with festival appearances at SXSW, Latitude, and End of the Road, and their music featured in shows such as CSI, Damages, and Teen Wolf. The band will return to the United States to perform in Los Angeles at Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival in October, followed by a week of performances at CMJ’s Music Marathon in New York City.
Duologue’s journey began with two original members – Tim Digby-Bell (vocals) and Toby Leeming (vocals/live programming and beats) – producing on a computer whilst at Edinburgh University. Both realized that the sound they were creating was too big for just a couple of people to play. Seb Dilleyston (violin) was brought in to add emotive atmospheres on violin having previously trained with world renowned violinist Maria Eitler. Toby Lee was next on guitar, and then bassist Ross Stone completed the line-up.
Song and Dance is the culmination of a year’s preparation honing and self editing their eclectic sound and huge catalog of demos in preparation to record. Having already self-produced and released two EP’s showcasing their ability to encompass a wide range of sounds and references the final piece of the puzzle came with the introduction of producer Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Ladytron). In 2012, the band and Jim holed up in a Chatham studio and began work – with many of the parts already formed and recorded, Jim took on a co-production role, intuitively helping them further enhance their sonic make-up.
Song And Dance LP Track listing
1. Machine Stop
2. Zeroes Edit
3. Cut And Run
4. Gift Horse
5. Push It
7. Endless Imitation
10. Snap Out Of It
12. Escape Artist
Duologue Upcoming Live Performances
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Filter Magazine Culture Collide Festival @ Taix French Restaurant
10/15 New York, NY [CMJ] – Communion Records Showcase @ Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm
10/16 New York, NY [CMJ] – Sofar Sounds Party
10/16 New York, NY [CMJ] – Crack in the Road / Disco Naivete / Unrecorded @ Pianos [DJ Set] – 1am
10/18 – Brooklyn, NY [CMJ] – Baeble Music Launch Pad Party@ Spike Hill