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New Cherry Ghost Album Out Today

Once again, its time to focus on a band not called Doves.. Blog favourites Cherry Ghost release their long awaited second album Beneath This Burning Shoreline today. Its already receiving media rave reviews..

The Guardian **** Read Review

The Independent **** Read Review

BBC Music Read Review


Do check out the new tunes at their new site. I doubt I will hear a more beautiful tune than Diamond In The Grind this year.


You will be able to catch Cherry Ghost with Doves at the now sold out Sundae on the Common in London later this month.

The album is available at iTunes (UK), Amazon, Rough Trade & Play.com

Thetford Review

Good friend of the blog Paul Bingley has sent in a review of the recent Thetford Forest show which can be read below, sounds like it was a fantastic show.

When Doves were booked to perform on the same day that England launched their 2010 World Cup bid, someone at The Forestry Commission was playing with fire. That said, while the rest of the nation screamed at Robert Green for his one ugly moment, a small pocket of England’s green and pleasant land witnessed something beautiful.

It’s a testament to Doves that so many traipsed into Thetford Forest on June 12th. 3,500 may not have been the sell-out crowd that Simply Red bored the day before, but it was certainly a respectable figure given the national circumstances.

The audience was surprising in itself. Ear-muffed toddlers, George Cross-clad teenagers and even mobility-scootered pensioners all bathed in blissful ignorance of England’s shenanigans amid a grandstand of collapsible chairs, coolboxes and tartan blankets.

Essentially, everyone was in the middle of a wood for the trees. A member of the Forestry Commission climbed onstage to remind everyone exactly where their money was going. The cycle paths and so on were all expected benefit. It made for a pleasant change from the usual profiteering lapped up by most fat cat promoters.

Humility made way for The Cheek – an energetic five-piece from nearby Woodbridge. They announced themselves by playing a blustering set before looking rather hot. A number of young girls in the front row certainly thought so anyway.

A band that can’t be accused of boisterousness is Cherry Ghost. Simon Aldred’s melancholic compositions have a soothing way about them and each one beautifully complemented the surroundings. Several mature women behind me were left swooning over their Lambruscos.

A little after quarter past nine, Doves ambled onstage. The sun had just slipped below the tree line leaving a single star in the sky. It remained a focal point for the rest of the evening.

The fact is, Doves don’t thrive on spectacle. You won’t see Jimi Goodwin swinging a chainsaw above his head shouting obscenities at the Devil. But that’s what makes Doves all the more remarkable. Songs like set opener, Jetstream, have not been composed to be accompanied by fire-eating dancers and women wearing telephone hats. Like most Doves offerings, it’s an epic, multi-layered journey that’s designed to be listened to – and when delivered live, it’s utterly mesmerising.

Doves, themselves, seemed enthralled with Thetford’s response. Push Me On did just that – coaxing out every inhibition and cranking up the electricity in the process. It culminated in Goodwin blowing the order of the set by announcing the wrong song. Never mind, Pounding would just have to do. And it did – pulsatingly so.

They hurtled through The Places Between, performing a majestic version of Snowden and then painting vivid colours with the sound of Black and White Town, before whipping up a carnival atmosphere to the samba explosion of There Goes the Fear. Yet it’s a certain Spaceface that most fans would consider the evening’s crowning glory.

Written when Doves were not Doves, Spaceface is a 90s dance track that’s crossed a wide divide and landed on Planet Rock. Usually played for appreciative audiences, the track leaves Thetford Forest bouncing. Even the mature ladies didn’t care as they spilt their Lambruscos all over the Norfolk grass.

There was one more beautiful moment to come, however. Creating their own mini-moshpit next to me was a family. I was struck by the youngest child who waved his arms and nodded his head in approval at every song. When I congratulated the parents for having such a ‘with it’ son, it transpired that I was standing next our very own ‘richtdev’ and the ‘tdev’ family.

Who needs England when you’ve got beautiful moments like that?

On Friday Doves are returning to the Eden Project in Cornwall, playing with the band of the moment Mumford & Sons. If you are attending, do send in your pictures/setlist or a review just like Paul did.

Speaking of Cherry Ghost, who finally have got a website going which you can visit here. They did a live session last night for BBC’s 6 music. Check it out to hear new tracks from their new album which is out next week. How good does Black Fang sound?! Its been a bit of a wait since Thirst for Romance, but from what I have heard this record could top that, beautiful stuff.

New Cherry Ghost Video

Beautiful new single Kissing Strangers by Cherry Ghost, as debuted on youtube by Heavenly Recordings.

Taken from the album Beneath This Burning Shoreline. Taking pre-orders for the album already are.. Roughtrade / Record store (signed copies)

You can see Cherry Ghost support Doves at Thetford Forest next Saturday, June 12th.

Thetford Support Announced

Article in today’s Thetford and Brandon Times

Cherry Ghost and The Cheek will be supporting Doves at their gig at Thetford Forest on Saturday June 12.

Cherry Ghost – who won the Ivor Novello Award for best contemporary song with People Help The People – recently played with Doves on their indoor UK tour.

The Cheek hail from Woodbridge in Suffolk and are building up a national fan base.

More details on www.forestry.gov.uk/music.

Best Of Tour Thoughts

The Live Archive has been fully updated to include setlists for all the shows (except folkestone) from the Best Of tour. Pictures, video, links to media reviews included where possible.

From a personal point of view, it was just great seeing Doves live in the UK again. There was allot of talk of the tour being a final fling, if that was the case it sure didn’t feel like it. They surprised even me to be honest! Doves have never been a band where you expect many setlist changes on a tour.. but they sure did go all out this time.

There was no opening night nerves in Hull, you would never have guessed this was the opening night. They had an air of confidence about them that was quite refreshing. Opening the set with Firesuite then Push Me On was brilliant. A few media reviews seems to have questioned the inclusion of Push Me On from the off, but what a nice surprise for the fans. They carried on with the set changes in Leicester despite a flat crowd. M62 Song never a personal favourite of mine, sounded great live.

Glasgow as always proved once again why its the best city to play anywhere. Having seen shows in all the major UK/US cities.. none of them touch Glasgow. Great show, great crowd. Up there with the best doves shows I’ve seen, was a pleasure to be there.

They carried on the setlist changes through til the last night in Bradford. The Man Who Told Everything getting a dusting down in Blackburn, for the first time since 2003. The final show I caught was at the lovely Troxy in London where the prawn sandwich brigade were out in force. The Save 6 Music sign during the encore was a nice touch. Also a big shout out to Cherry Ghost who were brilliant at the shows I saw, only gripe was their sets were too short! Looking forward to the album.

Whatever happens next in Doves world, whether it be side projects, collaborations, tea parties.. expect to read about it on here! Cheers for reading.

Cherry Ghost

Black Fang Liverpool Uni

Got allot of emails/comments over the course of the tour about the support group. They were of course Cherry Ghost. I didn’t keep tabs of any of the Cherry Ghost setlists, if you did feel free to send them in. They changed the sets most nights.. Though I believe the tracks most folk were asking about are.. We Sleep on Stones, Kissing Strangers, Black Fang (see video above), Beneath This Burning Shoreline & Mathematics. All but the later are from their new album details here. Mathematics (which features Jimi Goodwin) was their first single which you can find on the debut album Thirst for Romance.

You can download We Sleep on Stones for free from their official website here.

Troxy Photos

To get things going, some pictures from the Troxy gig..

Support by Cherry Ghost. For more, click here.

For more Doves pictures, Click here.

Liverpool Uni

Video: Words, Andalucia, Catch The Sun

Liverpool Uni May 2010

All pictures & video by Gibbo. Cheers mate!

Video: Words, Andalucia, Catch The Sun

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London Troxy

On election night, Doves played out to a packed sold out London Troxy. The crowd took a while to get going for this one, but they got going just in time for a cracking encore finished off with a rousing Spaceface complete with backdrop video.

Video: Spaceface

Review: OMH

Pictures

Support: Cherry Ghost

Setlist

Firesuite
Push Me On
Snowden
Black and White Town
Words
Eleven Miles Out
Jetstream
Where We’re Calling From
House of Mirrors
Andalucia
10:03
Kingdom of Rust
Caught By the River
The Cedar Room

Pounding
Catch the Sun
There Goes the Fear
Spaceface

Blackburn gig

Forth gig of the best of tour tonight, fantastic gig, Jimi seemed to be enjoying himself. For me personally it was a very emotional gig. Setlist can be found in the comment. I was not able to get a setlist myself as I had to leave just before the last song. I am not sure about the order of a few songs but those were the songs which have been played.

NME News Article

Setlist

FIRESUITE

PUSH ME ON

SNOWDEN

POUNDING

WORDS
11 MILES OUT

JETSTREAM

WHERE WE’RE CALLING FROM

HOUSE OF MIRRORS
BLUE WATER
ANDALUCIA

KINGDOM OF RUST

BLACK AND WHITE TOWN

CAUGHT BY THE RIVER

CEDAR ROOM

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CATCH THE SUN
THE MAN WHO TOLD EVERYTHING
WINTER HILL

THERE GOES THE FEAR

 

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