The King Dukes – Marlo Cooper (Numb Tongues LP) is available at Spotify.
by Walter Price
“Who’s Marlo Cooper?”, I wondered as I found myself in a Google frenzy. So, as the release date neared for The King Dukes’ psych heavy jazz jam track by the same name, I asked the songwriter himself. Turns out, it’s a fictional character created by the band’s Marc Griffiths for a “maverick cop movie” that never got off the ground. And this new single would have been the theme song for a film, that, “not even Van Damme would have touched.”.
The accompanying video, again, created by Griffiths, is a psychedelic experience filled with provocative imagery and ending with an ominous Saul Bellow quote. A passage that reads, “In every community, there is a class of people profoundly dangerous to the rest. I don’t mean the criminals. For them, we have punitive sanctions. I mean the leaders. Invariably the most dangerous people seek the power.” Powerfully poignant considering the state of unions across the lands. Moving this single from its tongue-in-cheek origins into a new weighty anthem for folks who care about the world around them.
This new track comes from the phenomenal album,’Numb Tongues’, available now via Paratone/QSounds Recordings. Check out the following tour dates and the striking new music video below.
14 Friday – Al’s Juke Bar, Bradford
15 Saturday – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone
19 Wednesday – Neptune Beer Emporium, Chesterfield
20 Thursday – Annie’s Burger Shack, Worcester
21 Friday – The Prince Albert, Stroud
22 Saturday – Calstock Village Hall, Calstock
Video directed by M Griffiths // Band photo by Michael Sides
PR by Paratone Records