RSD Release

Apologies for the lack of updates this month, a combination of a holiday in the homeland & busy work schedule has kept me off the site. Anyhow Its good to see Jimi will partake in a wee bit of the RSD action this year. A remix of Didsbury Girl (Well worth checking out!) will share a split side 7″ with a Pete Wiggs track.

Jimi has been busy in the studio, at least we presume with the follow up to Odludek. Check him out on twitter for the very latest!

Things are also going well for Black Rivers. The support slot with Noel G sounds like its going down a storm! I hear the Glasgow show was especially good. They are due out over here in the US next week. Those of you able to make a show, let us know how it goes over at twitter!

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Black Rivers Interview Part Two

Black Rivers

I recently had the opportunity to pose some questions to both Andy & Jez about all things Black Rivers. I asked them both 10 questions each. This is part two of the interview. You can read part one here.

This part of the interview may make more sense once you have heard the album! Now you can as gigwise are streaming the album now. Go ahead and give it a listen.

Thanks again to both Andy & Jez for their time!

Five questions for Andy:

- Who writes the lyrics? If you both do, which tracks did you write the lyrics for?

We both write lyrics, something i always enjoyed doing in doves,
on this record from what i can remember my lyrics were the forest&the ship&Coral sea
Jez’s were Voyager 1,then all the other songs were both of us contributing together.

- Age Of Innocence is possibly as far away from Doves as you get on the record. Love the drumming, where does this song come from?

thanks.i like the energy in lots of those rockabilly records,guess its my attempt at that.

- Deep Rivers Run Quiet is probably one of the most beautiful tunes you guys have ever penned. How did that one come about?

well thank you, Deep rivers was interesting as jez had pretty much all the music already& the line ‘deep rivers run quite’ original verse lyrics were more of a love song,but we both felt the lyrics needed subverting a little bit, so we ended up deciding on trying to write a song about technology/surveillance paranoia!&how our phones,computers etc come to rule our lives which is a subject us&i suppose most other people can relate to at one time or another. Again it felt like something new (to us) to write about

- What was the toughest track on the album to nail down and why?

theres always one on every album!! both prob got different opinions on this
i’d prob say the wind that shakes the barley as lots going on in it,getting it to flow…is weird as live was one of the easiest to come together&one we always look forward to playing.

- Any old material/ideas that may have been previously worked on for a Doves album get recorded for Black Rivers?

think jez might have had music for voyager 1&a basic version of harbour lights from a few years back.

 

Five Questions for Jez:

- I hear a “Gimme Shelter”-esque intro guitar sound/pitch at the beginning of Diamond Days. Was that an influence at all? If not, describe how this track came about.

Interesting stones reference but no …for me it wasn’t …There was no direct writing influence on that song Apart from.. i liked the piano and guitar sound from my favourite beck album “odelay” a song called jack-ass …Which he in turn sampled from the brilliant “its all over now baby blue “by them

- Did you collaborate with anyone (Martin Rebelski perhaps?) on the record or is it entirely your own work?

Nope just me and andy ..

- How are you choosing which Doves tracks you are putting on the setlist?

I think that will change over time perhaps when we have a few more days of rehearsals ….we will chop and change to keep it fresh

- I love the sound on The Wind That Shakes The Barely. Tell us how you came up with that track, what was the starting point?

Thanks :) The initial idea came out of a cascading de-tuned guitar sample (which came from another song that didn’t make the album ) Andy had a lose top line chorus idea …that he’d written for an old chemical brothers demo track (which never saw the light of day ) we fused the 2 and then we were kind of “right were on our way to something a bit different here” in our heads we wanted a kind of beach boys vibe over an electronic sound …

- Coral Sea is probably my favourite track on the album, what is the inspiration (if any!) behind it?

Had the chord and top line sequence from ages ago Was just waiting for the right angle …At first it was a bit more electronic but clicked into place when we added a more acoustic feel …We wanted it to have that pure escapist Balearic feel to it

- What synths are used on the record? Are you still buying old gear to record with or are you using softsynths? Which synth did you have most fun with?

A mixture of the 2 ….I now have a lot of ..big old creaky synths from the 70s …But also use software synths for instance “the ship” Is a mixture of the 2 …I’m not a synth snob …if something works then it works …
My main 70s/80s synths are …
polyvox
Moog rouge
Kitten

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USA Dates!

Black Rivers have just announced a small handful of US West Coast dates. As Andy revealed to me last month, the dates will encompass the band’s appearance at Austin’s SXSW Festival. More West Coast dates are expected, whilst their SXSW date(s) have yet to be announced.

The dates announced so far:

Mar 23 Soda Bar San Diego, CA
Mar 24 Bahia Los Angeles, CA
Mar 26 The Chapel San Francisco, CA

Get the tickets links via Black Rivers official website.

The debut Black Rivers album is out this Monday, February 9th! If your in Manchester you can get it a day early at HMV Manchester (Arndale Centre) from 2pm where they will perform a few tracks and will sign copies of the album!

The Line of Best fit reviewed the album:

“Wind That Shakes The Barley” isn’t the all-out house of Sub Subs “Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)” but nonetheless it’s a euphoric slab of psychedelia that wouldn’t be out of place at a rave. “Diamond Days” has the same touchpoints as “Words” from The Last Broadcast with a similarly lilting, repetitive guitar hook and gentle voice. It segues into “The Ship”, which starts as a sea shanty then thrillingly mutates into a Kraftwerk workout replete with effect laden vocals.

Read the full review. Thanks to Nikkijaydee for the link!

..aand finally the second part of my interview with Andy & Jez will go live on Monday.

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Heavenly 25

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This past weekend saw Heavenly Recordings celebrate 25 years with a Birthday bash in Hebden Bridge Yorkshire. DMB was there for both Jimi & Cherry Ghost gigs, both of which were memorable to say the least. We had such a great time that we got very few pics ourselves, so I would recommend you either check out the Doves forum for pics & comment or these sites for a review & pics..

Jimi reviews: Backseat Mafia | Gourmet Gigs

Cherry Ghost review: Gourmet Gigs

Thank you to those who stopped us and offered kind words regarding the site and stuff, was really cool seeing some old faces from Doves gigs from years gone by, just as it was equally cool meeting new faces too! It was a grand old time and we hope to do it all again someday soon.

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Setlist from Jimi’s show, sadly the encore was not played due to time restrictions, thanks to gibbo for the pic!

A great way to end Jimi’s Odludek campaign. We look forward to the follow up immensely! Now our attention turns to Black Rivers, with their debut lp out here in a couple weeks. Part two of my interview with Andy & Jez will be live on album release day.

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Black Rivers Interview Part One

Black Rivers

I recently had the opportunity to pose some questions to both Andy & Jez about all things Black Rivers. I asked them both 10 questions each. This is part one of the interview, the second part is focused on the songs on the album and will make more sense to you once you have heard the record, so expect the second part on or around Feb 9th when the lp is out.

Thanks to Andy & Jez for their time and to John for making this happen!

Visit Black Rivers official website to pre-order the debut album, released February 9th!

 

Five questions for Andy:

- Andy, after Doves last gig in 2010, we have read in the press you were in a psychedelic group. Are you able to reveal more? Did anything get released?

yes was making some music with friends, with Jim noir (a manchester solo artist)Laurie laptop who was in Durutti Column & Also Ian smith who was in Alfie amongst other bands, we recorded a lot of material,but never finished stuff!! so theres nothing released of yet, some of us had other projects&a couple of the guys had ‘proper’ jobs, so it got harder & harder to get together to record/write but hopefully when everyones less busy we’ll finish some of those songs,as theres some good stuff there&had a lot of fun recording with them all.

- Which song or moment ignited the spark to make you both want to go ahead and record an album? Describe how that came about.

I think that would have been early stages of Age of Innocence or the ship,
both songs felt new to us,in age of inn .. i remember we started at my house &i had that rockabilly drum beat over some different chords ,jez put a new acid like bass line over it &it shouldn’t have worked ,as both parts are sonically very different,but it did&we liked the vibe. From there we went on a couple of recording/writing trips to anglesey where it started to come together more.the ship i had the vocal line&synth bass line,but jez welded the instrumental ‘kraftwerk like’ sections on !& took it somewhere unexpected.

 

- You talk about getting away from sounding like Doves of course. With that in mind, did you approach the song writing process for this record differently than you would have for a Doves record? Describe how you usually turn an idea into a song, How far do you go with the idea before you involve Jez?

certainly at the start of the project we didn’t start by saying this record cant sound like doves as think we both feel its not good to limit or put restrictions on songwriting early on,is nice to feel you can go anywhere you like with it,i think later on you can choose to leave certain songs off if you both feel is too close to previous material.
as for writing songs, for me can start with anything…a sample or basic set of piano chords or even just a new synth sound can trigger an idea,for me personally i always try early on to get some kind of vocal melody in early in the process whilst it feels fresh(lyrics generally come later on)but if working with jez i dont develop it too much as good to get his input,as he can take a song somewhere you dont expect.

- Do you have a favourite place to go for song writing inspiration?

well with this record was probably Beaumaris in Angelesey Wales.

- Any chance of seeing Black Rivers in North America sometime in 2015?

would love to tour in u.s ,hopefully looking good for us doing sxsw festival&possibly some west coast dates ,all depends on raising the budget so we can make it happen..but would love to play as much as poss out there.

p.s thanks nicky&all the regular dovesblog community for the support over the years..is much appreciated!!

Five questions for Jez:

- Jez, after Doves last gig in 2010, you went off in a totally different direction (understandably!) with Raized by Wolves. What happened to the album? Did any of the tracks penned for Raized By Wolves make it onto Black Rivers?

We finished 10 tracks They still sound great imo …I guessed we flirted with the pop/ electronic world and didn’t work out …But we had so much fun doing RBW ….Currently the songs are being used for other Artists …Probably released in 2015 but not under “rbw”

- You talk about getting away from sounding like Doves of course. With that in mind, did you approach the song writing process for this record differently than you would have for a Doves record? Describe how you usually turn an idea into a song, How far do you go with the idea before you involve Andy?

yes i wanted to do something that would place us in a different mind set to ..lets say when writing for doves ..My main thing was it must sound contemporary even if it has a retro feel it …it must have a twist to give it a fresh edge …well that was the intention …
Sometimes its literally sitting down with the guitar for days ….until something triggers ‘ if i’m working with guitar and dictaphone I’ll usually get around 4/5 ideas a day But will take something special to take it any further….. The top line melody comes at the same time as the chords very symbiotic ….or maybe its a sample ..or just a feeling …….sometimes i’ll have a melody and chord structure thats been around for years /decades …Just hadn’t cracked the code so i’ll always revisit (as a good re-occurring idea will always be knocking on my door ….) Andy gets involved if the song resonates with him …Sometimes we write and build a song together or sometimes i’ll bring a Vrs and chrs idea with top line and then will evolve it together …Or could be Andy bringing in an idea or a snippet – we will then evolve it together…Guess theres no set formula ..

 

- Do you have a favourite place to go for song writing inspiration?
Anywhere really ….To get the initial ideas i hop on a plane and travel with my laptop /mic /and travel guitar …Then We might evolve it in our manchester studios .. then we might think about recording in a cottage/house (generally in the uk) as moving a drum kit and amps is a real pain

- Did you collaborate with anyone (Martin Rebelski perhaps?) on the record or is it entirely your own work?

Nope just me and andy ..

- Any plans to release something for Record Store Day 2015?

Not yet !! but would love to do something original for it …time permitting

Thanks nicky  your a legend !! and thanks  to all on the board…. We both really appreciate the fact that you’ve stuck with us  for such a long time :)

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Seven Day Smile Video

Just recently surfaced, a video for Seven Day Smile with Jane Weaver filmed at the Manchester Ritz. I don’t ever recall seeing this before, so a hidden gem if there ever was one!

Also in the news.. Jimi was ‘in the booth’ talking to Liz Kershaw on 6 music earlier today. You can listen to the interview via the 6 Music website. Fast forward to 1 hour 9 mins to hear Jimi discuss what he is currently reading and he reveals a wee bit about the upcoming Guy Garvey solo album & the Heavenly Hebden fest that’s happening in a couple weeks.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks so much for all the support this busy year, supplying news, setlists etc that helps keep this site going!

Its been a great year with Jimi’s brilliant debut album and endless touring. 2015 promises to be just as good with Black Rivers prepping their debut album for release in February. Andy & Jez kindly answered a ton of questions for us which I will post up in the new year.

Here’s to another busy year ahead! First up will be A Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge next month!

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Black Rivers Pre-Order

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Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season! The debut Black Rivers album release date has been pushed forward a week and will now be released February 9th. Andy & Jez are signing copies purchased at their online store.

They will be playing a short tour before they go out on the megadome tour with Noel Gallagher, dates listed above. They will also be supporting Elbow in Manchester & London. For the very latest visit their official website. They have also posted a video trailer for the album on facebook, It sounds fantastic!

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Jimi’s Next Single: Lonely at the Drop

The video for Jimi’s next single Lonely at the Drop, which comes out as a digital download on January 5th. The download features a Wings of Fury remix of Hope and Live Like a River remixed by Tea Street Band.

The video was premiered by Loaded magazine. In an interview with the mag, Jimi revealed he is writing the next album and hopes to start recording this side of Christmas!

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Full Fathom Five Digital Release

Full Fathom Five

First released 20 years ago, Sub Sub’s first lp Full Fathom Five has just been released on all good digital stores.

Its not the first time certain tracks have been made available online legally, Ain’t No Love, Past & the first single Spaceface (not on FFF) can be found at iTunes on various compilations. Full Fathom Five and its follow up Delta Tapes have been traded among fans for many years, whilst the CDs fetch silly amounts of money on auction sites.

Here’s a small handful of links, it can also be streamed on Spotify.

iTunes UK

iTunes USA 

Google play

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