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Cuff the Duke

It is no wonder that Canada's Cuff the Duke opened for Blue Rodeo on a key tour, or that Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor is producing their fourth album. Like Keelor and his own bandmates, Cuff the Duke are one of those unbelievably talented bands that can jump genres like a game of hopscotch -- to the point where their music is almost undefinable except for the good ol' catchall, "alternative." Also like Blue Rodeo, they have a definite Canadian roots rock basis and a taste for the epic in their song structures. Cuff the Duke broke onto the scene in 2002 with their debut, Life Stories for Minimum Wage, released on Toronto indie Three Gut Records. Critics praised the album, especially noting its maturity, which was ironic, as no one in the band (all originally from Oshawa, Ontario) was over 21 years of age. The group made their major-label debut in 2005 with the self-titled, Cuff the Duke. The album was the first release on fellow Canadian, Hayden's Hardwood/Universal imprint that didn't feature Hayden, himself. Cuff the Duke built up a tremendous cult following, especially on the college circuit, with this dark epic of an album. Critics hailed the intensity and timelessness of the songs, rightly identifying Cuff the Duke as a band working way beyond their years. Their live shows became a popular favorite and the Toronto Star raved that they "stole" the acclaimed Hillside Music Festival. Early in 2006, Halifax's Dale Murray joined Cuff the Duke to play electric and pedal steel guitar (replacing original guitarist/Moog player/organist Jeff Peers) -- followed shortly thereafter by then Montreal-based drummer Corey Wood (taking the place of Matt Faris). With founding members Wayne Petti (lead vocals, guitar and moog) and Paul Lowman (bass, piano, fiddle, vocals), the band embarked on additional and extensive North American touring. Somewhere amidst all of that and several van breakdowns, Cuff the Duke managed to be part of an exciting, primarily instrumental band called the Hylozoists, led by producer/musician Paul Aucoin (co-producer of the early Cuff the Duke albums), whose La Fin Du Monde came out in the spring of 2006 on Boompa/EMI. 2007 saw the re-release of Cuff the Duke's 2002 debut, Life Stories for Minimum Wage, and frontman Wayne Petti's solo debut, City Lights Align, while the band entered the studio to begin recording their new album for Hardwood at the end of February. Released in October, Sidelines of the City was even more epic and ambitious than either of their previous releases. Alternating sounding like they are playing in front of stadiums to gigging at intimate club shows, the songs on Sidelines of the City are as shocking for their sprawling scope as they are for the number of genres they skip lithely across. Way Down Here arrived in 2009, followed by 2011's Morning Comes, the latter of which landed a Juno nomination. An EP of covers songs, In Our Time, appeared in early 2012, followed later that fall by the full-length Union. ~ Tomas Mureika
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  1.   Song
  2.   Promises
  3.   Drag Me Down
  4.   If I Live or If I Die
  5.   Standing on the Edge
  6.   Hobo Night Stalker
  7.   No Sleep, No Heat
  8.   You Won't Look Back
  9.   Another Day in Purgatory
  10.   Meet You on the Other Side
  11.   Where Did We Go Wrong
  12.   Rossland Square
  13.   You Were Right
  14.   Rise Above
  15.   Stay
  16.   There Was a Time
  17.   All I Want
  18.   Count on Me
  19.   The Trouble and the Truth
  20.   Blackheart
  21.   Confessions from a Parkdale Basement
  22.   Belgium or Peru
  23.   By Winter's End
  24.   Letting Go
  25.   When All Else Fails & Fades
  26.   The Words You Ignore
  27.   It's Over
  28.   Carry On
  29.   Brightest Part of the Sun
  30.   Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
  31.   The Ballad of the Tired Old Man
  32.   Open Your Mind
  33.   The Future Hangs
  34.   You Don't Know What It's Like
  35.   Burger
  36.   The Ballad of Poor John Henry
  37.   Failure to Some
  38.   A Long Night My Love
  39.   Listen to Your Heart
  40.   Night After Night
  41.   Like the Morning
  42.   This City Will Eat You
  43.   Lonely Path Of Mine
  44.   Words (Between the Lines of Age)
  45.   Lonely Path
  46.   Ballad of a Lonely Construction Worker
  47.   Hey Baby
  48.   Follow Me
  49.   Bound to Your Own Vices
  50.   Anti-Social
  51.   Something for Free
  52.   Live My Life
  53.   So Many Times Before
  54.   I Really Want to Help You
  55.   Rocking Chair
  56.   Remember the Good Times
  57.   The Difference Between Us
  58.   Long Winter
  59.   Take My Money and Run
  60.   Need You
  61.   Time Is Right
  62.   It's All a Blur
  63.   Long Road
  64.   Surging Revival
  65.   Side By Side
  66.   [Untitled]
  67.   Farley the Dog
  68.   I Guess This Is Life
  69.   Where Did We All Go Wrong

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