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Leigh DJ Set

Tickets are now on sale at seetickets for a doves DJ set at Bar Bliss in Leigh on Friday November 6th. Note, this is a DJ set only. Usually its Andy & Jez on the decks. Tickets are a fiver on sale at See here.

There also due to do a DJ set at the Eiger music studios bar in Leeds on the 7th. Though I believe this is a private invitation only event.

Doves Play Glastonbury Tonight

doves will tonight headline the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury. This will be doves seventh appearance at the festival. caught up with Jez, who had this to say about playing Glastonbury tonight:

Jez Williams insists he will not be touching booze until after the big gig because he doesn’t want to spoil the moment with drunken behaviour or health issues.
He says, “In our twenties we just went for it. But the older you get, you realise you can’t drink like you used to. It’s a balance now.

“We had a bit of a party in New York (recently) and due to that I lost my voice in Philadelphia. That taught me a lesson. We’re really looking forward to (playing at Glastonbury).”
But Williams was devastated to learn the band will take the stage at the same time as legendary musician Neil Young – meaning he will miss out on seeing his hero perform.

He adds, “We’re all big Neil Young fans so when we heard we were up against him we were like, ‘Oh God, no!’ If we were playing before or after him we would definitely be checking him out.”

We’ll post a setlist to you as we have it, and hopefully some video.

Jez Speaks to The Vine

Ahead of doves tour of Australia, Jez spoke to The about the new album and his past memories of touring Australia.

Four years is a long time in the music industry and even longer when it comes to technology. What was it like coming back and suddenly needing a MySpace, a Facebook, Twitter, free downloads et al?

We literally went away and the whole music landscape changed. Giving away a free download was a new one for us. It’s pretty mad really but once you get your head around it, the whole new digital domain makes sense in its own strange little way. It’d be nice to get paid for each record we sell, but most people seem to download it for free now, don’t they?

And then they justify it by saying ‘it’s okay, I’ll see them when they play live” but you can only play so many shows a year.

A lot of bands make their money that way but for us to come to Australia, it costs twice the amount we make from tickets. It’s a fucker, man. To be honest I wish our Australian tour was longer but somebody didn’t put their neck out. Some bright spark reckoned we should only do four shows but I think we could have done the whole east coast.

To read the full interview, click here.

Jez – Under Fire In Montreal

cornershopstudios recently caught up with Jez, before the show in Montreal.

Question: Deciduous or Evergreen?
Answer: Evergreen. Because it’s fresh and invigorating.

To read more similar in-depth questions, check out the rest of the interview here. A cracking read.

Jez Interviewed For Colorado Springs Independent

Bill Forman of the Colorado Springs Independent recently interviewed Jez, discussing his thoughts on: Doves losing the UK #1 Album Chart position to Lady Gaga; Manchester City, and the band’s personal upheavals during the creation of Kingdom Of Rust.

Colorado Springs Indy

“We did ‘Blue Moon,’ but it’s a really messed-up, drugged-out, psychedelic version,” says an obviously pleased Williams. “It’s a little bit left-field for the City, but they play it, so it’s all good.”

To read the full interview, visit this link.

Bill Forman can be contacted via Twitter, username Billforman.

Jez Speaks To Tandem Magazine

Canada’s Tandem magazine has posted a short interview with Jez, talking about New Order, the four year hiatus and the Gallagher brothers…

Tandem Magazine

Williams notes that “in Doves, we are all brothers in a way, and two of us are biological brothers. It’s like a family unit, a three-headed monster, and it’s so intuitive it’s sometimes scary!” So no sibling fighting, as with those other Manchester rock star brothers, the Gallaghers of Oasis? “No, we’re more laidback,” laughs Jez Williams. “We did a lot of fighting at 15 and got it out of our system then.”

To read the full interview, click here.

Metro Trinity

Metro Trinity were a short lived Manchester based indie band that included Jon Male, later of Soul Family Sensation and Republica fame. Drummer Colin Rocks, bass player Tim Whiteley and young guitarist & backing vocals come from our very own Jez Williams.

The Die Young EP was released on the group’s own Cafeteria label, released early 1987. Michael Fury was inspired by James Joyce’s short story The Dead.

Metro Trinity only other release came on a split flexi with the Inspiral Carpets on Dave Haslam’s Debris fanzine. Which featured the track “Stupid Friends”.

Andy Williams joined the band later on, but does not feature on this EP. The band split up shortly after.

The track “Spend My Whole Life Loving You” later appeared on the great Sound Of Leamington Spa Vol 1 compilation. Well worth checking out, if you enjoy the c86 jangly guitar stuff of the mid to late 80s.