NPR stations all over the country have given independent artists the opportunity to showcase their intimate live performance with the “Tiny Desk” series. Quite literally, these artists play an original tune inside of small room in their homes to show their stuff. It’s a cool concept, and a great opportunity for exposure that fits the budgets of many “starving artists” out there.
Duke Maroon, our dear friends from the Philly area, entered this contest and are now featured on WXPN’s The Key for their effort. We just wanted to take a quick moment to congratulate the guys on their accomplishment.
You can view Duke Maroon’s submission, where they play their song “Heart Attack,” below.
Artist: Duke Maroon
Album: The Oops EP (LISTEN)
Release Date: June 12, 2015
“The Oops EP,” from Philly-based punk/sarcastarock band Duke Maroon, stays true to the band’s punk roots. The five-track record is raw and unapologetic, while offering a nod to some the band’s clear classic rock influences as it travels to different areas of the rock sphere.
For example, gritty vocals from Gene “Sgt. Dogmeat” Meyer on tracks “Heart Attack” and “Living in the Cult” are reminiscent of late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, with the latter song’s aggression being enough to make the British metal legend proud.
Subject matter is creatively and variably delivered on “The Oops EP.” “The Man Who Laughs” features intriguing guitar work that delivers a darkly-psychedelic look inside the mind of Batman’s nemesis, The Joker. Two tracks later, the EP closes with the darkly humorous tale of “King Shit,” an unnamed ruler and “Fuhrer of Feces,” whom the band holds responsible for the ills of the political system and those who control it.
In the words of the late professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, just when you think you know the answers, “The Oops EP” changes the questions. The band’s versatility keeps listeners on their toes, and makes for a fun listening experience that is sure to get the underground talking.