Flying Solo

I’ve had quite a few folks ask about what Doves have been up to for the last 9 years… The known ‘solo’ albums can be checked out by visiting their respective websites. and Andy & Jez’s Black Rivers band website. There was other stuff released you may have missed..

The Bird Effect

Jimi wrote a piece of music for a documentary by Ceri Levy called The Bird Effect. I’m not sure if the film was ever released? So as a result the finished version of the score is not available. Jimi performed the track live with his Bird Ensemble several times. You can listen to a live version..

Raised By Wolves

Initially released to much mystery and speculation. Raized by Wolves was revealed to be a project by Jez, Martin Rebelski & Mike TV. The Call featured vocals by Editors Tom Smith. Released on Mau5trap, the track got a bit of attention when it was released Sept 2011. The follow up track Spirit World didn’t quite get the attention the Call did. I asked Jez in 2015 what happened to RBW…

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”

Whatever your thoughts are on the music, Jez did exactly what he said he would do in 2010 when he said he wanted to get as far away from Doves as possible! Several of the RBW tracks have since surfaced. My favourite is this one released on their soundcloud page.

Jake Evans – Sun Goes Down

Jimi contributed backing vocals. Jimi’s involvement maybe is not so apparent but its a song that’s well worth checking out! Great album too, Jake Evans was part of Jimi’s live band. Jimi also provided backing vocals to Elbow’s New York Morning in 2014 from their The Take Off And Landing Of Everything lp.

Justin Velor

Justin Velor’s 2013 album released in 2013 naturally, the alias of Dom Thomas. Perhaps my favourite post Doves track. Galliano Rocks which features and was co-written by Jez…

Jez co-wrote and is featured on 3 other tracks on the album – Energiser, Manchester & Back To The Source. Now go give it listen, its well worth your time.

Whyte Horses

Another project with Dom Thomas. The debut record Pop or Not features Jez quite a bit. He’s credited with co-writing 3 tracks the title track Pop or Not, The Snowfalls & Feels Like Somethings Changing. Jez performs on five tracks, I won’t name them just check out the album, its quality! This Vice interview with Dom Thomas on Vice helps give more background on Whyte Horses.

Jez is also credited with mixing a track for Amber Arcades. It Changes released in 2017 on the Cannonball EP released via Heavenly Recordings.

Trojan Horse

Salford’s finest Trojan Horse who provided support at a few of Jimi’s gigs. Jimi’s vocals can be heard on the above track The Modern Apothecary from the band’s third album Fukushima Surfer Boys. Jimi sounds great on this one. Again an album worth checking out, its a wee bit of a change from their second album World Turned Upside Down which is a heavy psychedelic beast. The third album features more electronic sounds not unlike the Postal Service, its beautiful!

So all of the above is what I’m aware of, I’m sure there’s more out there that I’m not aware of. For all you Andy fans screaming what about Andy? I’m not aware of Andy being involved with anything that’s been released. I asked Andy in 2015 what he had been doing pre Black Rivers..

I 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 among other bands, we recorded a lot of material,but never finished stuff!! so there is nothing released of yet, some of us had other projects and a couple of the guys had ‘proper’ jobs, so it got harder & harder to get together to record/write but hopefully when everyone’s less busy we’ll finish some of those songs,as there is some good stuff there & had a lot of fun recording with them all.

Feel free to let me know if I missed something…