Andy Williams (Doves): “I love the darkness and atmosphere to this song. An inspired pairing of them & Geoff Barrow on production. I love the arpeggio synths, echoes of Joy Division and New Order. A really brave record.”
There’s more Doves content at Q The Music.com, where Doves are guest editors all this week.
Today, Andy recounts the making of 2005’s Some Cities album.
Jez Williams (Doves): “I also remember a writing session before recording in this really knackered old farmhouse near Snowdon where, guess what, we wrote Snowden (was a working title that stuck). The place had no heating or carpets and the bed sheets looked like they hadn’t been changed in 12 months, old pubes all over the place. It was like something out of Withnail And I!!”
Continuing Doves’ guest editorship of Q The Music.com, Jez has reminisced about the making of The Last Broadcast album.
Caught By The River happened so quickly it was ridiculous. We decided to go to a rehearsal room in Stockport called The Green Room. Jimi, Andy and I just started to play these three chords. Jimi started to sing this great top line melody and there it was… very natural and easy. Andy started to write these very poignant lyrics about a friend of ours; everything started to click like at the start of the recording. That was the last piece of the jigsaw for the album.
Jez has chosen ‘Tonight’s Today’ by Jack Penate, to be Q The Music’s Tuesday “Track Of The Day”, as part of Doves’ role as guest editors of the website this week.
Jez Williams (Doves): “I really like the new Jack Penate single Tonight’s Today. I couldn’t believe it was him. I first heard it when I was driving back from rehearsals. It was so instant I fell in love with it, I must confess I wasn’t the biggest fan of his first album but, my God, this is a tune!”
Doves’ guest editorship of Q The Music.com this week, continues apace. Today’s Doves feature is Andy’s recollections of creating the Lost Souls album.
…By this time the studio fire had happened in our first studio in Ancoats, Manchester and as we were signed to Rob Gretton’s label he suggested renting New Order’s Cheetham Hill studio off them. This was where the bulk of the album was recorded. We really did lock ourselves away for 3 to 4 years until we discovered how we wanted to sound, it was a pretty oppressive place with no windows and thieves trying to break in!
Q The Music.com (the online presence of Q Magazine) have announced that Doves will be guest editors next week:
To mark the release of Doves fourth album Kingdom Of Rust, Doves will be taking over Qthemusic.com as guest editors next week. The band – who received a four star review for their new work – “an album of life-affirming, genre-busting, career-defining majesty”, no less.
Throughout next week, the band will be choosing the ‘tracks of the day’, the band will be writing about their dream Q cover star, plus their memories of recording each of their albums. Plus we will also feature some of the band’s finest videos.
Come back from April 6 to view which tracks they choose – and more …