Grand Duchy

Let the People Speak

> > Apr 24 2012

Grand Duchy - Let the People Speak
By Bjorn OlsonUpon first glance, Grand Duchy seem like a group of folks stuck between stations, trying to mix glam-y electro-clash disco with introspective indie rock, playing catch-up with a ten-year-old novelty trend. Wouldn't you know it though, Grand Duchy are the latest project from the extremely prolific Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, generally known as Frank Black, here using his Pixies moniker of Black Francis. Grand Duchy (a collaboration with his wife, Violet Clark) is Black's first band since the Pixies that don't deign to use his name to sell themselves. It isn't until track four, "Where is John Frum?," that we hear Black's familiar vocals, as the band's second album, Let the People Speak, is introduced by, and peppered with, Ken Nordine-esque spoken interludes from DJ Jonathan L, and the first few songs showcase Clark's tarty vocals, which are somewhat reminiscent of '90s trip-hop one-off Ruby. Let the People Speak is replete with an early '00s throwback sound, embracing the disposable club-rock purveyed once so successfully by groups like the Rapture. And while the layers of oddball narrative that Black brings to the table help distinguish it, aesthetically it's at least five years too late and feels like something aimed squarely at hip, divorced dads.
(Sonic Unyon)
GET IT!
Pop & Rock RSS
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
Be the first to comment
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

Pop & Rock Highlights

This Week's Pop & Rock

Recent Pop & Rock

Picks

Most Popular Stories

  1. Beefs 2014: Tyler, the Creator Declares NEWS: Beefs 2014: Tyler, the Creator Declares "FUCK BONO" After U2 Album Appears on His Phone
  2. U2 and Apple Face Backlash After Force-Feeding New Album to iTunes UsersNEWS: U2 and Apple Face Backlash After Force-Feeding New Album to iTunes Users
  3. R.I.P. Peter Gutteridge of Snapper, the Clean, the ChillsNEWS: R.I.P. Peter Gutteridge of Snapper, the Clean, the Chills

Latest Issue: Sep 14 Issue