14 October 2020
THE IRON DUKE is the alter-ego of ex-White Ape singer Tommy Mack.
Breaking with the brash guitars and scabrous wit of his former band, The Iron
Duke makes electro-orchestral pop ballads, mixing twitchy bedroom beats with lush, layered synths and production that nods to Joe Meek (the Freakbeat pioneer, who had
an influence on tons of sound-exploring artists like Eno and Pink Floyd) and the legendary Manchester wizard Martin Hannett (Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Psychedelic Furs, Magazine and more).
The Duke’s debut effort BOTTLE IT UP is a somber, reflective, twilight ballad that brings the solo wanderings of the late great Pink Floyd pioneer Syd Barrett instantly to (my) mind.
Weird and idiosyncratic, but also intriguing and puzzling and with some cool slide-guitar.
Tune in here…