Dutchess and the Duke Call It a Day, Ride Off into Sunset

Dutchess and the Duke Call It a Day, Ride Off into Sunset
If the title of Seattle folk duo the Dutchess and the Duke's latest album, 2009's Sunset/Sunrise, is any indication of their current state of mind, the outfit have definitely entered the sunset period of their brief career. Though having only formed in 2008, the twosome are reportedly calling it quits.

While the band have yet to make a statement, an email from Hardly Art employee Nick Heliotis to Seattle Weekly [via Pitchfork] confirmed the news, as well as the label's sadness over the affair.

"It saddens me to think that they won't be making any more music as the Dutchess & the Duke, but I think we can all agree that they achieved a great deal in just a couple years of being a band," Heliotis wrote. "I think their two records [2008's She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke and 2009's Sunset/Sunrise] are clearly two of the best records to come out of Seattle in the last several years, and Hardly Art was honored to have been able to put them out."

If you're feeling up for a road trip, the Dutchess and the Duke will be playing a farewell show in their native Seattle at Tractor on November 26. After that, all we'll have left are a handful of songs and some memories. If we're lucky, the band's Jesse Lortz will focus on his new band, Case Studies.