UNION DUKE SHARE NEW SINGLE 123
PERFORMING AT SUMMERFOLK FESTIVAL IN OWEN SOUND THIS WEEKEND
Toronto, ON – August 16, 2019 – In the heat of performing at numerous summer festivals, Toronto folk quintet, Union Duke, return with 123, a tune about modern apathy. Listen to it here and catch the song live as the band performs at Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound this weekend! See full details below.
“The original plan was to write a balls-to-the-walls drinking tune with shades of psychedelia and no social commentary but apparently, we’re too jaded for that now,” the band expands on the song’s inspiration. “It pretty quickly turned into a song about being young and getting drunk as a desperate act of escapism. The song is basically Brave New World: The Song but instead of soma it’s whiskey and sleeping in.”
123 was produced by Jeff Hazin between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto and features Alan Zemaitis on the organ.
Into the chorus, the band proclaims, “Gimme 1, 2, 3 couple more then another/ Drink rye whiskey til /I’m blind/ I won’t have no trouble sleeping/ I won’t have no troubled mind.”
Ladidadida is that rambling road-weary song in your head while you drive the last of many miles home. It's the story of anyone who has to leave the things they love behind, the unbridled bliss of making it back in one piece, and the desperate highs and lows of the spaces in between.
“We played a festival in Lunenburg, NS a few years back, and one of the after parties was at this amazing place called The Lunenburg Seaport. They describe themselves as "A nautical museum, inclusive social venue, and makerspace, striving to promote learning, provide experience, and harbour appreciation of maritime history and culture, with an emphasis on simply messing about in boats,” Union Duke says of the video’s filming location.
“The room was beautiful and warm and just felt right for us so we made a point of returning there when we last toured out that way to shoot some videos with a local videographer, Katy Hopkins. Shooting the video out there worked out well as it plays off the theme of being away from those you love. The song is essentially about the hardships of touring (we're the first band to write a song about that) and I've always thought of it as a pretty good musical representation of how touring feels so shooting it live-off-the-floor in a familiar but far-off place just felt right.”
Produced by Jeff Hazin, and recorded between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto, the track also features Alan Zemaitis (Buddy Guy, Whitehorse, Terra Lightfoot, Samantha Martin) on the piano. Ladidadida is a bit of a departure musically from Union Duke's previous work while still maintaining the pieces that make up their unique sound: catchy melodies, top-tier musicianship and powerful vocal harmony.
About Union Duke:
Webster's Dictionary defines Union Duke as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and infectious enthusiasm have seen these five guys from youth to young manhood. With three albums, countless festival stages, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the rearview, the band is excited to be touring new music, filming videos, and winning new fans everywhere they go. In the two years since their last record Golden Days, Union Duke has been steadily travelling and unravelling across the country, and they’re ready to share the lessons they’ve learned with a slate of new music. In the coming months, four new songs of love, distance, heartache and revelry will be finding their way into your ears, eyes and hearts.
Union Duke is:
Matt Warry-Smith/ Jim McDonald / Ethan Smith /Will Staunton/ Rob McLaren
August 16-18 – Summerfolk Festival – Owen Sound – Info & Tickets