The Duke of Randwick – I’d Never… | Industrial Grunge Post Punk
Australian alternative rock band The Duke of Randwick have a brand new shining single titled ‘I’d Never…’. Based in Sydney, the power three piece act consists of Daniel Leyton, Jack Burnham, and Zen Fonmanu. They remind us of bands like electronic duo Daft Punk, Britpop legend Oasis, electronic dance act The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, grunge lords Nirvana, and alternative metallers Deftones. With these diverse influences, they craft a unique bold sound of their own.
The song begins with good use of cable noise and powerful punk drums with snares sounding sharp. A dirty bass line which is prominently greasy combines with harsh vocals with a dynamic delivery and good smatterings of vocal effects. It has a DIY neo post punk mix with a retro veneer. Some of it reminds me of Rope by Foo Fighters not sonically but in spirit. Great aural and sonic experimentation from The Duke of Randwick! The song is a real treat and delight.
Noisy guitars depict their Deftones influence while the insane drums remind me of early Bleach era Nirvana. The middle calm silence like section creates anticipation for the song flow. The final outro of the song includes a masterful addition of string sections. With an industrial sound at the front there is a punk outro chorus. Genres lie in the space between post punk to symphonic to electronic and industrial. With ‘I’d Never…’, The Duke of Randwick seal themselves as masters of alternative rock and pioneers of new sounds in the tradition with solid songwriting as the base.