Doves (band)

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Doves
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Doves performing live in 2009.
From left to right: Jimi Goodwin, Andy Williams, and Jez Williams.
Background information
Genres Indie rock, [1] post-Britpop, [2] pop rock, [3] space rock [4]
Years active1998–2010; 2018–present
Labels Heavenly
Virgin/EMI
Members Jez Williams
Jimi Goodwin
Andy Williams

Doves are an English alt rock band formed in Manchester. The band is composed of twin brothers Jez Williams (guitar, vocals) and Andy Williams (drums, vocals), and Jimi Goodwin (bass, vocals, guitar). Additionally, the band employs Martin Rebelski, as a touring and session musician on keyboards. The band released four studio albums between 2000 and 2009, two of which reached #1 on the UK album charts. [5] [6] [7] [8] A compilation album, The Places Between: The Best of Doves , was released in April 2010.

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Doves went on hiatus in 2010. During this time Goodwin released his first solo album, Odludek (2014), while the Williams brothers regrouped as Black Rivers. In December 2018, Doves announced they were ending their hiatus by performing for the Teenage Cancer Trust at London's Royal Albert Hall on 29 March 2019. Further festivals, including some dates with Noel Gallagher, were subsequently announced. The band released two new songs: "Carousels" and "Prisoners", in June and July 2020 respectively. Their fifth studio album The Universal Want was released in September 2020. [9] [10]

History

Formation as Sub Sub (1991–1998)

The Williams brothers and Goodwin met at high school at age 15. [11] All three members played in various local bands during the timeframe, with their paths occasionally crossing. After meeting again at The Haçienda in 1989, [12] the three formed Sub Sub, releasing their first single "Space Face" in 1991. In 1993 they released "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)," which reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. [13] On the Williams twins' birthday in February 1996, the band's Ancoats studio caught fire and burned down, leading the band members to abandon their previous dance-oriented style and start afresh as alternative rock band Doves in 1998. [13] On the band's change of direction, Jez Williams said: "We were faced with a really black and white decision: throw the towel in or carry on. And if you're going to carry on, you've got to put everything into it to justify it, because before that you've lost everything. That was quite a liberating feeling, actually." [14]

Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast 1998–2003

The band released three EPs in 1998 and 1999 on Casino Records, a subsidiary of Rob Gretton's Rob's Records, which established the group's new sound and met with a warm critical response. Their debut album Lost Souls in April 2000 was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, which they lost to fellow Mancunian and former collaborator Badly Drawn Boy. [15]

Doves' second album The Last Broadcast was released two years later, reaching No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, and was again nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The album's first single "There Goes the Fear" became the band's highest-charting single to date, reaching No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart [16] despite only being released for one day before it was deleted. The album's second single "Pounding" reached No. 21 on the Singles Chart [16] and was used in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics With Glowing Hearts/Des Plus Brillants Exploits advertisement campaign and in pre-event intros.

In 2003, the band released a B-sides compilation, Lost Sides , and a DVD entitled Where We're Calling From . The DVD included all of their music videos to date, as well as incidental videos played before the start of their Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast tours. Also on the DVD was a live concert video of the band's gig at Cornwall's Eden Project, recorded in Summer 2002, as well as documentary videos about Doves as well as Sub Sub.

Some Cities and Kingdom of Rust (2003–2009)

Doves recorded Some Cities , their third studio album, away from urban influences, and in cottages tucked away in the countryside of Snowdonia, Darlington, and around Loch Ness. "Lyrically, the theme of cities and towns and change started cropping up a lot... which was strange because we were recording and writing in the countryside, but it started taking this real urban shape," said Jimi Goodwin. [17] Some Cities was released in February 2005 and went straight to No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, aided by some of the strongest reviews they had received to date. The album was preceded by the single "Black and White Town," which reached No. 6 on the Singles Chart. [16] On 18 June 2005, the band opened for U2 at Twickenham Stadium in London. They also supported Oasis at the City of Manchester Stadium on their triumphant return to Manchester, and Coldplay at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, both during their respective 2005 tours.

The band's fourth album, Kingdom of Rust , was released in April 2009. Prior to the new release, Doves offered a free download of the album's lead track "Jetstream" on their website. On 27 January 2009 the band announced a week's worth of tour dates from 12–19 March, in which new album tracks made their debuts. The eleven songs on the album were described by Jez Williams as "schizophrenic, but... also strangely cohesive." [18] The band have subsequently stated that writing and recording the album was the most difficult and fractious of their career. Worldwide tours, including multiple tours of the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, followed the album's release. On 12 July 2009 the band appeared on the Radio 1 stage at T in the Park and the festival Latitude in Southwold. They also appeared with the London Bulgarian Choir as part of the BBC Electric Proms series in October 2009. [19]

The band's first best of compilation, entitled The Places Between: The Best of Doves was released on 5 April 2010. [3]

An interview with the band regarding their history and Jodrell Bank performance was posted on The Guardian's website on 4 April 2010. [20] Doves toured the UK throughout May 2010, [21] and performed at the Isle of Wight Festival 2010. [22]

Hiatus and side-projects (2010–2018)

The band took a break from recording in 2010, according to an interview with The Daily Record . [23] [24] Jimi Goodwin stated: "It's nice just to have a bit of breathing space... We just wanted to get off that whole album-tour-album-tour treadmill. None of us are ready to face going into the studio for another two years. This is wiping the slate clean, we have nothing else in the vaults now. That is it. Whatever we do from now on will be a new start."

On 2 October 2012, EMI International released a Doves anthology titled 5 Album Set featuring all four studio albums from Lost Souls to Kingdom of Rust and the 2003 re-issue of Lost Sides. [25]

In March 2014, Jimi Goodwin released his first solo album, entitled Odludek . In July 2014, Jez and Andy Williams announced they formed a new band, Black Rivers. [26]

Reformation and The Universal Want (2019–present)

At the end of 2018 the band members announced a series of gigs for 2019 and a tentative plan to explore new music together. As the series neared conclusion, Doves posted on Facebook that the 31 August 2019 and 6 September 2019 shows would be the last two concerts until they completed their new album. [27]

On 18 June 2020, the band released their first new music in ten years with a song entitled "Carousels". [28] It and "Prisoners", released on 9 July, are from their new album, The Universal Want , which was released on 11 September 2020 and charted at number 1 in its first week. [9] [10] In October 2021, the band cancelled their upcoming tour, making a statement that "performing live isn't possible for us at this time or in the immediate future". [29]

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<i>Some Cities</i> 2005 studio album by Doves

Some Cities is the third studio album by the British indie rock band Doves. The album was released by Heavenly Recordings on 21 February 2005, and became the band's second consecutive album to top the UK Albums Chart at number 1. Some Cities was conceived as a rawer, stripped-down record, and conceptually touches upon the physical changes of the band's hometown of Manchester, as well as emotional transformations.

<i>The Last Broadcast</i> (album) 2002 studio album by Doves

The Last Broadcast is the second studio album by British indie rock band Doves. The album was released by Heavenly Recordings on 29 April 2002, and went straight to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. The album's first single "There Goes the Fear" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 3, the band's highest-charting single to date, despite being released and deleted on the same day. Two further singles, "Pounding" and "Caught by the River", were also successful, charting in the Top 30. The Last Broadcast garnered critical acclaim upon its release, and was a shortlist nominee for the Mercury Prize in 2002.

<i>Lost Souls</i> (Doves album) 2000 studio album by Doves

Lost Souls is the debut studio album by British indie rock band Doves, released by Heavenly Recordings on 3 April 2000. The album was recorded over a period of several years, following the dissolution of Doves' original musical incarnation as house music act Sub Sub. Lost Souls was a moderate chart success in the UK; the album peaked at number 16, while the three singles taken from the album charted in the Top 40.

<i>Lost Sides</i>

Lost Sides is a compilation album by the band Doves. The original incarnation of Lost Sides was a promotional-only CD released in 2001, and only featured the B-sides from the singles taken from the band's debut album Lost Souls. The commercial edition of Lost Sides was released with a revised track listing in September 2003 as a single CD and as a limited edition double disc set. The first disc contains B-sides from Doves' first two albums, whilst the second disc features remixed material. The 2003 issue coincided with the band's first DVD release Where We're Calling From.

Jimi Goodwin Musical artist

Jimi Goodwin is the bassist, vocalist and guitarist for Doves. Before their incarnation as Doves, the three members were in a house music group, Sub Sub.

The discography of the English alternative rock trio Doves comprises five studio albums, sixteen singles, and seven EPs, as well as a best-of compilation album, a B-sides compilation, and a full-length DVD compilation. After self-releasing their first three EPs on Casino Records, the band signed to Heavenly Recordings and released their debut album Lost Souls in April 2000. The album reached number 16 on the UK Albums Chart, and has since been certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Their second album The Last Broadcast was even more successful upon its release in April 2002, reaching number 1 on the charts and yielding the band's highest-charting single to date, "There Goes the Fear", which peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The album has also been certified platinum by the BPI. In February 2005, Doves released their third studio album Some Cities, which again topped the albums chart at number 1, and produced the hit single "Black and White Town", which charted at number 6, and the minor hit "Snowden", which peaked at number 17.

There Goes the Fear 2002 single by Doves

"There Goes the Fear" is the first single released from English alternative rock band Doves' second studio album, The Last Broadcast (2002). The single was released on 15 April 2002 in the UK on CD and 10-inch vinyl and charted at number three on the UK Singles Chart. Both formats were released and deleted on the same day. A single was also released for the song in the Netherlands and Australia, featuring two live B-sides. In October 2011, NME placed the song at number 137 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".

Pounding (song) 2002 single by Doves

"Pounding" is the second single from English band Doves' second studio album, The Last Broadcast (2002). The single was released on 22 July 2002 in the UK on CD and 10-inch vinyl, reaching number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. An EP was released for the song in Japan the same year to coincide with Doves' 2002 Japan tour dates. The music video was directed by Julian House and Julian Gibbs at Intro, the same team that directed the band's previous video "There Goes the Fear."

"Sky Starts Falling" is the third and final single from English rock band Doves' third album, Some Cities (2005). It was released in the UK on 12 September 2005 on CD, DVD and 7-inch vinyl, and charted at number 45 on the UK Singles Chart. The B-sides include 2 different remixes of "Some Cities" by Echoboy and a remix of "The Storm" by unofficial fourth Doves band member Martin Rebelski.

<i>Here It Comes</i> (Doves EP) 1999 EP by Doves

Here It Comes is the third EP from Doves. It was the last release on the band's Casino Records label on 2 August 1999 on limited CD and 10" vinyl. Martin Rebelski, the unofficial fourth member of Doves, plays piano on the title track. "Here It Comes" also charted on the UK Singles Chart at #73.

The Cedar Room 2000 single by Doves

"The Cedar Room" is the first single from Doves' debut studio album Lost Souls. The single was released on 20 March 2000 in the UK on CD and 10" vinyl, and charted at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart. The songs "The Cedar Room" and "Zither" made their first appearance on Doves' debut release Cedar EP.

The Man Who Told Everything 2000 single by Doves

"The Man Who Told Everything" is the third single from Doves' debut studio album Lost Souls. The single was released on 30 October 2000 in the UK on 2 CDs, then released on 7" vinyl on 6 November 2000. The song charted at #33 on the UK Singles Chart. The single version is subtitled "Summer Version" and features a different mix from the album version. The live version of "Rise" on CD1 was recorded live for Australia's Triple J Radio; "The Cedar Room" and "Here It Comes" recorded live at the same sessions would later be released as B-sides to the band's "There Goes the Fear" single in the Netherlands in 2002 and the Japanese EP for "Pounding."

Aint No Love (Aint No Use) 1993 single by Sub Sub

"Ain't No Love " is a song by British dance act Sub Sub, released on 29 March 1993 as the second single from their debut album, Full Fathom Five (1994). It features Temper Temper's Melanie Williams on vocals. In the accompanying music video, Jimi Goodwin plays bass, Jez Williams plays keyboards and percussion, and Andy Williams plays keytar. The song was the act's biggest single, reaching number three on the UK Singles Chart, number one on the UK Dance Singles Chart and becoming one of many dance singles in 1993 to cross over into mainstream popularity in the UK. After struggling to repeat the success of the single, and after a fire destroyed the band's Ancoats studio in 1996, the group eventually reformed with a radically different sound as Doves in 1998.

<i>Kingdom of Rust</i> 2009 studio album by Doves

Kingdom of Rust is the fourth studio album from British indie rock band Doves. The album was released on 6 April 2009 in the UK via Heavenly Recordings. Kingdom of Rust was met with generally positive critical acclaim, and entered the UK Albums Chart at number 2. Two singles were released from the album: the title track, released a week prior to the album in March 2009, which charted at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart; and "Winter Hill", released in July 2009, which became the band's first single not to chart in the top 100.

Kingdom of Rust (song) 2009 single by Doves

"Kingdom of Rust" is the first single from Doves' fourth studio album of the same name. The single was released on 30 March 2009 via Heavenly Records. The 7" single features the exclusive track "Push Me On," which was produced by John Leckie, while the CD single features an edited remix of "Push Me On" by Playgroup. Three limited edition 12" singles featuring remixes by Prins Thomas, Playgroup, Still Going, and The Glimmers were released on 13 April 2009. "Kingdom of Rust" was played for the first time on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 2 February 2009. The single debuted on the UK Singles Chart at #28. The song also featured in the 2009 American horror/comedy film Zombieland, in the series 14 Bolivia Special and series 16 Middle East Special of Top Gear.

Winter Hill (song) 2009 single by Doves

"Winter Hill" is the second single from Doves' fourth studio album Kingdom of Rust. The single was released on 20 July 2009 via Heavenly Records. The song is one of three songs recorded during the album sessions produced by John Leckie. The radio edit of "Winter Hill" features a new mix by David Bascombe. In a track-by-track discussion with NME, Doves said that the song is about Winter Hill near Bolton, and that the track had been "hanging around since Lost Souls but we've not worked on it before...it just kept knocking on our door." "Winter Hill" was released as a limited edition 7" vinyl single, with the exclusive new "Dylanesque" B-side "Brazil." Three limited edition 12" singles or two separate digital download-only sets feature exclusive remixes of "Jetstream" and "Compulsion" by Sasha, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, and Andrew Weatherall. "Winter Hill" became the band's first single not to chart in the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart on its week of release. It does not appear on their 2010 best-of album The Places Between, although its video is included on the accompanying DVD.

<i>The Places Between: The Best of Doves</i> 2010 greatest hits album by Doves

The Places Between: The Best of Doves is a compilation album from Manchester-based indie rock band Doves. The compilation was released on 5 April 2010 in the UK via Heavenly Recordings, and on 20 April 2010 in North America via Astralwerks. The album encompasses the band's entire career, collecting from their 2000 debut album Lost Souls, 2002's The Last Broadcast, 2005's Some Cities, and their 2009 album Kingdom of Rust, as well as an assortment of EPs and singles. The compilation was released as a standard single-disc best-of, as well as a deluxe three-disc edition, featuring the best-of album along with a bonus disc of B-sides, rarities, alternate versions, and album cuts, plus a bonus DVD collecting all of the band's music videos from 1998 through 2009. It peaked at #12 on the UK Albums Chart.

Andalucia (Doves song) 2010 single by Doves

"Andalucia" is a single from Doves' best-of compilation, titled The Places Between: The Best of Doves. The song was released as a promo single on 1 March 2010. The single received its first airplay on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 3 March 2010, and again on 4 March 2010, on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music radio show Roundtable. The song was then released as a digital download-only single on 5 April 2010, the same day the compilation was released. It was the band's final single before their ten-year hiatus. "Andalucia" also marks the first Doves single release not available commercially on a physical format.

Catch the Sun 2000 single by Doves

"Catch the Sun" is the second single from Doves' debut studio album Lost Souls. The single was released on 29 May 2000 in the UK on 2 CDs and 10" vinyl, and charted at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart. The psychedelic, kaleidoscopic music video for "Catch the Sun" was directed by Sophie Muller. Jamie Cullum covered "Catch the Sun" on his album Catching Tales.

<i>The Universal Want</i> 2020 studio album by Doves

The Universal Want is the fifth studio album by British rock band Doves. The album was released by Heavenly Recordings and Virgin/EMI on 11 September 2020. The Universal Want is the band's first album following a hiatus that began in 2010; the band members pursued solo projects in the interim.

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