Jimmy Fallon

Doves performed a short rip roaring version of The Outsiders on tonight’s edition of ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’. Video to follow tomorrow.

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.

Chicago: Thank You Doves Band!

Doves played to a sold out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago this past Friday. I wasn’t sure how the Chicago crowd would be. I shouldn’t have worried. The crowd were simply amazing. Apparently it was the best show on the US tour so far. I’ve seen the band too many times to admit on here, but the show definitely is up there with the best.

Those that were there, know the band wished this writer a Happy Birthday, and they also gave a big shout out to the blog as well. Check out the video, thank you Diegovid for capturing this!

So thank you doves band for the most amazing Birthday ever.

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The single includes the album and acoustic versions of ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ and is priced at $1.42.

The download has been available since March 29th, so apologies for not bringing this to your attention sooner.

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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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