NME.com reports of some World Cup DJ sets featuring Doves..
The likes of Doves, Mani and Starsailor’s James Walsh are set to perform at special gigs around England’s World Cup games.
London club night Thisfeeling.co.uk/club is staging live performances and DJ sets around screenings of the games at the Relentless Garage.
England vs USA: Kid British (live), Mani (DJ set) (June 12) England vs Algeria: Doves (DJ set), Sound Of Guns Live (18) England vs Slovenia: Ian Broudie (live), The Twang (DJ set) (23) England second round match (if they qualify): The Rifles (live), Jersey Budd (live), Soccer AM DJs (June 26/27 depending on fixture)
I’m pleased to report (even though these lists are rubbish) that there are two doves tracks in the NME’s top 100 tracks of the decade countdown. Without further to do..
38The Cedar Room
The Manchester band’s debut single
The longest song on Doves’ mesmerising debut album ‘Lost Souls’ represents the true essence of what this most unassumingly special of British bands are all about. A constant live favourite, it creeps along at a lovely, stoned pace, ever so slowly evolving into a classic piece of colourful psychedelia that even the most addled of ’60s acid-heads would be immensely proud of. They made much more concise, accessible pop records than this throughout their careers, but never have Jimi Goodwin’s lot sounded as mesmerizingly beautiful as they do here. A dark, brooding, slice of 6am perfection that takes you to places you need to go. HM
24There Goes The Fear
A proper epic, and the band’s finest moment
The near seven-minute mournful masterpiece remains one of the most cherished UK tracks of the decade, by one of our best bands of the era, being one of those tunes that is both sad and uplifting at the same time. NME writers loved it enough to vote it the song of 2002. Nuff said. AW
NME.com has an impressive competition, to see Doves live in Brixton this Saturday. Aside from attending the show, you’ll also be able to see the band do their soundcheck!
We’re giving one lucky winner the ultimate Doves live package: A pair of tickets to their gig this Saturday, plus you’ll get to attend the soundcheck. The gig is the 9th date of their UK tour in support of the critically acclaimed fourth studio album ‘Kingdom Of Rust’.
…competition closing date is this Friday 01 May, when we’ll let the lucky winner know they’ve won –so please make sure you’re available for the gig in Brixton on Saturday.
To read the full article and enter the competition, click here.
Thanks to gibbo1968 of the official Doves messageboard, for bringing this to our attention.
NME.com has today posted a new interview video with Jimi and Andy.
Doves have revealed that the making of their new album was almost like “therapy”.
The group, who release their fourth album ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ today (April 6), said it helped them get through some dark times.
Speaking exclusively to NME.COM lead singer Jimi Goodwin said: “Going to work was helpful and therapy sometimes to get through some not so good times in some of our lives.”
The band also admitted writing tracks for the record wasn’t always easy.
Goodwin admitted: “This one [album] just took a bit longer to understand what we were trying to achieve after being in a band together for 18, 19 years.”
He continued: “I mean none of us have fallen out, we still get on really well it’s just we just had to make sure the chemistry was still there between us, and it was, but it just took a bit of prising out and wrestling with a bit more this time.”
Incidentally, NME TV’s Weekly Agenda feature advises its viewers to purchase the album – and the hosts state that they will have live footage of Doves on NME.com soon. You can view the video by visiting this link.
The NME’s album review, which appeared in this week’s print edition, has today been posted online at their website. They give the album 8/10, stating that, “Only the overcooked, Blondie-referencing funk of ‘Compulsion’ really disappoints”…
‘The Outsiders’ is a trashy, loveable stomp featuring an ace distorted bassline and swathes of wah-wah, while ‘Winter Hill’ is the sort of anthemic rock song that U2 spend years and millions trying to write. And there’s as much chance of Bono singing about “grassy tracks” as there is of Doves singing about “sexy boots”.
NME.com have today posted a live review of Doves’ recent show at Glasgow’s ABC on March 15th.
They open with ‘Jetstream’, the curtain-raiser from new album ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ and a lush, melodic wave of eerie krautrock that’s audibly inspired by Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack. Yet it’s not until the grand arabesque strings of ‘Snowden’ gallop into life that we realise just how we’ve missed them.
To read the full review, visit NME.com’s dedicated Doves minisite at www.nme.com/doves and click “Reviews”.