Based in Leeds, this UK indie rock band was formed in 2005 by Jon Foulger (b. Jersey, Channel Islands; vocals), Jim Foulger (b. Jersey, Channel Islands; guitar), Jon Maher (bass), James Kirkbright (drums), and Katherine Botterill (keyboards), from the ashes of their former outfit, Sammy USA, which had recently been released from an abortive major label contract. A limited edition 7-inch single, â€˜Potential Futuresâ€™, was released in July on the Transgressive Records label, shortly after the band had signed to Nude Records. The singles â€˜Pressure On Youâ€™ and â€˜Animalâ€™ generated further press interest, as did the support of fellow Leeds-based band the Kaiser Chiefs. The melodic guitar pop of The Bright Lights And What I Should Have Learned masked a lyrical obsession with loneliness and trampled dreams that recalled the early work of Suede. Despite good reviews the album was overlooked by a public besotted by the cheeky sing-a-longs of the Kaiser Chiefs, and the Duels parted company with Nude shortly afterwards. The bandâ€™s second album was released digitally in February 2008, with a physical release following via the This Is Fake DIY label two months later. The brooding experimentalism of The Barbarians Move In marked a definite progression from the debut album and saw the band defiantly steering further away from the charts.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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