Cuff The Duke releases ‘union’ LP February 12 through Paper Bag Records
Cuff The Duke Releases ‘Union’ February 12: Second Half of Two-Album Series
Official Video for Single ‘Stay’ Out Today
Canadian four-piece Cuff The Duke are excited to release ‘Union,’ the second half of their two-album series on February 12 through Paper Bag Records. The first in the series, ‘Morning Comes,’ was released early last year and received glowing praise across North America and the UK; ten solid tracks that flow like a film or great novel, filled to the brim with emotional highs and lows that tells a story of change and confronting loss. With the success of ‘Morning Comes,’ the band saw an exciting nomination for ‘Adult Alternative Album of the Year’ with the Canadian JUNO Awards and a tour across North America and the UK.
While ‘Morning Comes’ tells the story of loss, ‘Union’ explores life after loss. “On Union, we moved away from our usual-sounding song structures, rock solos and harmonies by adding more sonic textures,” says the band’s Wayne Petti. “Morning Comes was more acoustic-based, this album is more electric-based. Instead of trying to find the perfect tone, it was more about exploring interesting sounds.” The two albums relate lyrically and visually: A number of the songs on the new album act as a response to the songs from Morning Comes. Union’s ‘Rise Above‘ relates to ‘Standing on the Edge’ and ‘Something For Free’ relates to ‘Time Is Right.’ Basia Bulat (Rough Trade) guests on album stand-outs ‘Side By Side’ and ‘Stay.’ Often compared to bands like The Decemberists and Wilco, Cuff The Duke’s music is written by men raised on John Wayne and Bruce Springsteen.
“Wonderfully tuneful, well crafted and vibrant…one of the year’s finest Americana releases” – Alternative Press
“Cuff the Duke hit high strides with this one” – FILTER
“Because it features pedal-steel guitar, Toronto’s Cuff The Duke has often been tagged as an alt-country band, but the way Dale Murray attacks the instrument would give the average Nashville session player nightmares. His steel playing inhabits a twisted space between industrial noise and ambient space music, adding textures that give Cuff The Duke’s arrangements a wide-open, larger-than-life feel” – Magnet Magazine
“Huge pop hooks and harmonies, drenched in plenty of pedal steel, Hammond organ and tightly wound guitar pickin'” – Modern American Weekly
Live My Life
Side By Side
Where Did We Go Wrong
Open Your Mind
Something For Free
All I Want
Night After Night