Then on stage came the festival weekend highlight in the form of “Doves”. I really cant say much more about their new album “Kingdom of Rust” , It’s a serious record and will finishing highly in peoples top albums list of 2009. Go out and get it! I was really looking forward to these guys has I hadn’t seen them before and they were on my list of bands to see before I die.
They hit straight into my favourite song of their new album “Jetstream”. The lead singer doesn’t really portray a lot of emotion up on stage put the music throughout the set was flawless. 3 songs in they played the crowd favourite “Pounding” and the tent went suitable nuts! They boast a great back catalogue and what we got that night was a serious greatest hits set.
It truly was a magic gig played by them. The final song “The Fear” ended in the band all taking to a percussion instrument and leaving the crowd in a daze of brilliants. If I had gone home after Doves I would have been quite content with the festival
Kingdom of Rust
Black & White Town
Caught By The River
Here It Comes
the gig of the weekend followed from Manchester band Doves, who opened with the excellent ‘Jetstream’ from their latest album Kingdom of Rust and never let the momentum drop throughout their near 20 song set.
“It’s great to be on the West Coast, what a beautiful day eh?” said lead singer Jez Williams, who was earlier seen wandering down main street in Kilkee. Final song There Goes The Fear, from excellent second album The Last Broadcast, was simply stunning and drew a huge reaction from the crowd that stayed to hear it.
Some of you have been asking why we haven’t covered Oxegen, as we did T in the Park. Quite simply there has been very little media coverage of doves set. I did manage to catch some of doves set on RTE’s 2FM internet stream. Jimi had the crowd shout out to the dance tent to shut up, before 10.03. Also heard on the stream was Greatest Denier, Kingdom Of Rust & Black And White Town before the the radio DJ told doves to shut up!
Setlist from RTE:
The Greatest Denier
Kingdom Of Rust
Black + White
The Cedar Room
Here’s what I have been able to find:
It proved to be a very mellow affair on the whole, played to an enthusiastic crowd of sing-along out-of-tuners (there are no prizes for guessing that the bars shut promptly at 10pm)! Most of the set came from this year’s Kingdom of Rust album, including set opener Jetstream, 10:03, and the album’s titular track. Unsurprisingly, they also found time for a few old reliables such as Pounding, Black and White Town, and the inevitable show closer in the superlative There Goes the Fear.
Almost predictably, UK band Doves played one of the best sets of the weekend, the edgier material from recent album Kingdom of Rust sitting happily alongside their older material, with finale There Goes The Fear one of the highlights of the weekend.
The O2 stage is rescued by a reliably brilliant show from Doves, drawing an impressive number in spite of being up against Bloc Party on the main stage.
Here’s an interesting interview with Andy from the Dublin Evening Herald; which reveals (amongst other things) that ‘House Of Mirrors’ was partly composed by accident!
“House Of Mirrors nearly didn’t make it on to the album because we couldn’t end it. Fortunately, Dan [Austin] was messing around with Pro Tools in the studio, and accidentally put the verse vocals over the chorus music.
“We all heard it and said ‘That’s it! How did we not think of that?’ That’s where technology can really help you out.”
The Irish Independent News has posted a great article about the new album, which is half-interview and half a meditation on being aged thirty-something in the current musical climate.
“The younger generation, they’re not as equipped for hardship are they?” ruminates Jez Williams, Doves’ matey, crumpled frontman. “People who are in school now, teenagers and the like, they haven’t experienced real want.”