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Andalucia Single Details

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Doves PR doing the rounds in North America to reflect the new album release date/single details at this side of the pond with a word on the digital release.

Single Release Date: April 6, 2010

The Places Between: The Best of Doves

NEW Release Date: April 20, 2010

To celebrate twelve years since Doves formed and to chronicle a career to inspire envy- with two Mercury nominated albums and worldwide sales of over 2 million- the band will release their definitive collection, The Places Between: The Best of Doves on April 20, 2010. To coincide with this release a new single, “Andalucía” will be released on April 6, 2010.

“Andalucía” was recorded in the barn in Cheshire, England where last year’s critically heralded Kingdom of Rust was recorded. Much of Doves body of work is an ode to the north of England but this song appears to tell of warmer pastures. The song surges towards its rousing final chorus with orchestration colliding with a tender vocal from Jimi Goodwin. “Andalucía” stands alongside Doves finest work and will no doubt seamlessly sit amongst classics such as “Black And White Town”, “Kingdom Of Rust” and “There Goes The Fear”.

The Places Between: The Best of Doves

will be released on April 20 as a deluxe 3 disc package comprising 2 CDs featuring 34 tracks plus a DVD with all of the Doves’ videos. There will be 3 digital versions available: a single component 15-track version, a 2-component 34 track version (there will be an iTunes deluxe version featuring 35 tracks), and a digital video album.

On April 6 the Doves’ new track, “Andalucía” will be available as a digital download single which includes an unavailable elsewhere acoustic version of “Jetstream”.

Andalucia will be released April 5th in the UK, same day as the release of The Places Between. The single will be released by Heavenly with the catalogue number HVN201. Check out the Lovely artwork, shame it’s not seeing a physical release but that’s how music is these days.

Pre-Order The Places Between

The usual online stores are now taking pre-orders for the best of album. Best price found so far is at where you can get the 2CD/DVD set for £11.99.

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In North America the album will be released on Astralwerks April 6th. Expect to pay in the region of $25 for the special editon in the USA, $30 in Canada. Will post if I hear of a better price elsewhere.

National Geographic Photo Journal

National Geographic has posted a doves photo journal on their music site. Doves submitted photos from the recent tour of North America. Check out the gallery here.

PS: The “Toronto Skyline” is in fact Chicago. Taken from the Sears tower.

North America Tour Support

Just in: Supporting doves on the North American tour will be Wild Light. A four piece indie pop group from New Hampshire. They have recently supported The Killers on tour.

You can visit their myspace page, here.

For more info on the group. Visit this blog for a detailed biography.

Doves Prepare to Take Flight in America

An article from ABC news about doves first US show at the hard rock cafe in Miami.

British rock act the Doves kick off their inaugural U.S. tour tonight in Miami, and though it’s hitting North American shores with little fanfare, the band seems to be part of a resurgent musical trend.

Radiohead’s Kid A was the first British album to top the chart in three years; Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy staged a successful fall tour; and rock act Coldplay was drawing enthusiastic crowds before the flu derailed its tour — it’s not quite The Beatles getting off the plane before hordes of screaming fans, but are these signs of a new wave of British music?

Doves drummer Andy Williams doesn’t see it that way: “We known them, and they’re cool people — but we’re not a scene definitely. That’s always what we’ve been against really, being part of any scene. We’re always very much keen to make our own mark.”

Scene or not, the band members are good friends with Damon Gough, a k a Badly Drawn Boy, with whom they competed for the Mercury Prize — and Williams says they’ve talked with the singer-songwriter about what to expect from North American audiences.

“He loved it,” Williams says of Gough’s fall tour. “He preferred the American sorts to the British — he said people just really got it.”

Williams adds, “Probably a lot of British bands go over with an arrogant attitude, as in, ‘We’re going to conquer America’ — and they end up being very disappointed when it doesn’t happen like that. We’re coming over to just turn some heads … and play to a lot of the people who are really into the album.”

The band plans to throw in a few new songs in the shows throughout the tour, but the focus will be on the Doves’ first full-length album, Lost Souls, which arrived Stateside in October.

Lost Souls, a moody collection of expansive rock songs, does not have the uncertain voice of a debut album — partly because the trio has been together since it united in the late ’80s in Manchester, England, while the city’s music scene was still booming and incorporating more sounds from dance and house music.

The group’s first incarnation, Sub Sub, featured a far more electronic bent. The group scored a hit in 1995 with “Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use).”

Though the Doves have yet to top that, at least in terms of radio play, Williams has no doubt of the band’s direction.

“We’re about 10 times better live than we were with Sub Sub,” he says. “It’s a lot freer with Doves. We’re coming more from a song aspect now, and the music’s a lot more energetic.”

Doves tour dates:

February Feb. 23 — Hard Rock Cafe, Miami, Fla. Feb. 24 — Upstage, Philadelphia, Pa. Feb. 25 — 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. Feb. 26 — Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Mass. Feb. 27 — Bowery Ballroom, New York, N.Y.

March March 1 — Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Ontario March 2 — St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, Mich. March 3 — Double Door, Chicago, Ill. March 4 — 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, Minn. March 6 — El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, Calif. March 7 — Bimbo’s, San Francisco, Calif. March 9 — Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, Wash. March 10 — Richards on Richards, Vancouver, British Columbia March 11 — Ohm, Portland, Ore.

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