Chicago Review & Photos

Photo by Kirstie Shanley at Venus Zine.

Venus Zine have posted a very positive review of the Chicago Vic Theater show:

Certainly, the band works very well together as a whole on stage. The backup vocals and catchy guitar rifts inspire compositions that can be bright and anthemic, even when the pedal effects create a beautiful distorted sense of reality. Friday night’s sold-out show at Chicago’s Vic Theater was no exception, and the layers and sense of texture the band brought out live were incredibly rich.

Further heightening the ethereality, the band used visual projections, which included a variety of scenes of Chicago, strips of endless road, and people dancing in a style somewhat reminiscent of the film director David Lynch. The effect was to create a sense of connection to the music as a whole versus the band members, who, at times, seemed to vanish into the backdrop.

To Read the full review & see more photos, click here.

Our friends at thabombshelter have posted a set of awesome photos of the Vic Theater show. To see the set, click here.

Bomb Shelter Review

Friend of the blog, Harry has uploaded his own unique review at his excellent blog:


“Birds Flew Backwards”

Out here all alone feels right. It was too busy in the city, too many people, too much motion. Now it’s just the birds and the grass and the sky. The car is out of sight and the clouds look incredible. When you close your eyes you can still see the sun and the blue and the shapes. You stare up, the grass cool on the backs of your ears and the back of your neck and you smile. Calm.

To read the entire review, click here.

The Observer have also given the album a short review:

Kingdom of Rust is filled with images of journeys made across gritty northern landscapes: a train traveller speeds towards his beloved in “10.03”; lovers climb “Winter Hill”; and in “Birds Flew Backwards” swallows arrive, signalling the start of summer. Such imagery seems apt for this Mancunian band whose sound has, after nine years and three successful but hardly groundbreaking albums, arrived somewhere really interesting. More confident and complex than previous Doves output, Kingdom of Rust’s guitar-driven, dance-music-influenced tracks feel intimate yet epic.