greatest hits

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all when it comes! I’m heading down to Nebraska to see in the new year. The blog will return next year.. Sometime next week no doubt.

To all of you who have emailed me over xmas asking about the band’s plans for 2010.. I really don’t know besides they are recording some new tracks for the best of album which will be released probably April/May time. A single will most likely be released to promote the album. I’ve no clue on where they will play, what festivals etc. Got a couple dates confirmed in the live section. As soon as any further info is made public, I will post it up.

Alright well, happy partying and stay safe!

All the best.

NME Radio Interview

NME aired a interview they conducted with Jez before the Leeds Cockpit show last week. Liz was able to scribble down what was said. Some nice info, with regards to plans for next year:

He sounded in good spirits but speaking quite fast and despite my ninja notetaking skillz I can only paraphrase the thing.There was nothing really new, just a few snippets about next year.
The interviewer was asking when was the last time they had played the cockpit and Jez said in was in 2000 and he seemed quite surprised it was nearly 10 years ago, he also mentioned that they like playing in small places where you can see the ‘whites of eyes and the sweat drips off the ceiling’!

He was asked about his highlight of 2009 and he said headlining the John Peel tent at Glastonbury,
The interviewer then asked about the making of KOR …and it was the usual about how long it had taken, and the different sounds …Sub Sub was mentioned, and how they’d enjoyed picking up keyboards again.
Also how they wanted it to sound like a good dj-ing set I think ..ie making sure all the tracks fitted together despite all sounding quite different and that it had taken them nearly 3 weeks to decide the order of the album.The last song to go on was Greatest Denier ….there was something here about writing a song specifically to fit in with the others that were already on the album , but I didn’t quite catch it.

There was something about Norman Cook and masks, but again I didn’t quite catch that!
They talked about plans for next year and Jez said they were already pencilled in for some festivals in the summer but he wasn’t allowed to say which ones yet, and the compilation album, out in April, which will contain some ‘rarities’ and 3 brand new songs that they will be going into the studio to record in January.

Finally, he asked whether, as they’d been together so long,whether Doves had any Christmas traditions and Jez said they always used to have a Christmas curry, but they hadn’t been for about 3 years, so he might have to ‘reinstate it’.
That’s about all I can remember/made notes about …hopefully it’ll be up on their site at some point as it’s a good listen and they played House of Mirrors in the middle of it

Thanks allot Liz! Some nice info there. Here’s hoping the best of is spread over two discs. Disc one with all the favourites and the second featuring all the new stuff/rarities. Though probably wishful thinking?

Another Glasto appearance maybe? Or maybe the V fests they didn’t do this year. Would love to see them do lollapalooza, though I’m pretty biased there!! 🙂

Jez: ‘You’ll have to wait until 2012 for our next album’

Once again Jez has spoke about the band’s plans for next year. As previously reported, a greatest hits album is in the works. Then he goes onto say don’t expect new doves til 2012..

“We’ve done four albums so next year, around January time, we are putting out a greatest hits collection. I know four albums isn’t masses but we have been around for ages because each album takes so long to write,” explained Jez Williams.

“We will have to start thinking about a fifth album after the greatest hits collection, but in all honesty, I doubt we’ll finish our fifth album until at least two or three years’ time.”

He added: “It makes me sick just thinking about it. That’s because I know it will be the start of two to three years of arguments. The thing about Doves is all three of us write each song. We’re a democracy, and we always have different input into each songs so it ends up taking ages. Expect a new Doves album in 2012.”

To read the full interview, which includes Jez talking about the Electric Proms gig, visit NME here.

Interesting reading, doesn’t surprise me to much. If you’ve followed doves long enough, you were not expecting a new album next summer. Next year should be good with the greatest hits album, which will presumably be toured a wee bit. They could have fun with that, as many bands have done with tours celebrating just the music. More later, gotta run to work..

Greatest Hits Album Due Next Year!

 

In a rather revealing interview with adelaidenow, Jez let slip some of the band’s plans for next year. He also says he is not sure whether there will be another doves album.

Jez on the possiblity of a new doves album:

I think if there is another Doves album – and we’re not sure at this moment whether there will be or not – we won’t be staring at a blank canvas, but we’ve got some really strong ideas in front of us,” he says.

“It was a very slow process to be honest, and I think we were looking for some kind of direction – but something different for us – we didn’t really know what we were looking for.

 

“There’s a lot of material lying around – some of it finished and some of it just sparks of ideas. If it’s possible and we get some time when we get back, we’ll start going through it.”

 

Jez on the band’s plans for 2010..

 

While this news is disastrous for fans of the band, Williams let slip plans to release a greatest hits of Doves early next year, which will include two new songs.

 

“There’s talk of us putting a best-of out next year and then we’ll start touring on that,” Williams says.

 

“It’s a bit of a luxury, really, after putting out four albums but we’re going to write some new songs for it or have a look at some of the material we’ve already got.”

For those who missed the band’s recent east coast tour, all is not lost. The band had planned a more extensive tour of Australia, which would take in all major cities and, despite this having fallen through, Williams says the band will return to Australia next year – following the release of Doves’ best-of and perhaps a live experience for fans to own for themselves, in the form of a live album.

 

“We might do that as well, seeing as how we’ve recorded every single gig on the UK tour,” he says.

 

“There is talk of a live album. But we’ll be back in Australia for a more extensive tour – possibly for the best-of.”

 

To read the full adelaidenow article, click here.

 

Interesting news! Personally, I think a greatest hits album/tour is great news for next year! The band deserve to go out and celebrate the past decade of hard work, which brought us four brilliant albums.

The debate begins, what needs to go on the greatest hits lp..

 

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