Album Review: Warn The Duke – Ghost Be Gone

Basic RGBWarn The Duke are a four piece punk band from Brooklyn, New York made of members of River City Rebels and Big D & the Kids Table. Already making some serious waves ahead of the release of their debut album, Ghost Be Gone.

The most notable thing about Warn the Duke is despite recruiting Big D’s drummer Derek Davis, this is far from any ska/stroll band. Packing a strong punk sound from the opening track Coastlines. Ghost Be Gone is a well-crafted 10 track album of punk and alternative belters.

For a debut album, this release features a good level of complexity and depth, no doubt the past musical exploits of the bands members has a big part to play in that. Rather than stay firmly planted to one sound, Ghost Be Gone dances around a fair few showing influence from grunge bands like the Pixies in tracks like Reclamation with the effects driven sound.

The lead single from the album is Harry O’Donnell, with no doubt one of the strongest tracks on the record. Bringing back that 2000s alternative rock sound in a similar vein to Sugarcult and New Found Glory. The low level distortion with the high energy choruses will no doubt feel like a throwback to some listeners.

The other particularly strong song from the record is Noreaster. With a gritty driving riff mixed in with melodic and strong vocals, it stands slightly apart from the rest of the album as one of the better written songs. Having the catchy quality that some other tracks just miss like Chicago Lights which is sounds a bit unpredictable and chaotic.

All in all, Ghost Be Gone is a pretty solid album, reaching back to those alternative rock heights of the 2000s. Bringing that back for a new audience and to remind old is never a bad thing. With a few strong tracks, it would be a safe bet to say this will not be the last we will see of Warn The Duke and it will only get stronger from here on out.

Ghost Be Gone is out October 16th and watch the video for Harry O’Donnell below. 

Rating: 5.5 Slices out of 8
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