Sweat flies and floorboards tremble – Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four, and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a boot-shake of rock and roll.
For their third record, Golden Days, Union Duke recorded live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts. Then they brought in Grammy award-winning engineer Mark Lawson to bring the mixes to life. Golden Dayswill take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned, laughter between friends, and tenderness between lovers.
The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all.
“Union Duke just seems to have this golden aura about them. It’s hard to explain. Known for their exuberant live shows, this urban stringband fuses bluegrass harmony, banjo, and stompin’ bass with two ringing lead singers and a rock guitar into a tight-knit whole. In their third album release, these five talented young lads from Toronto stretch their wings and experiment with advanced arrangements and harmonies live off the floor.”– The Walleye
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