A review of Thursday’s Glasgow Oran mor acoustic show in todays Scotman newspaper.
IF DOVES are known for anything, it is for their heart-tugging epic soundscapes, a trait they share with their fellow modest Mancunians Elbow.
So how would they fare in a stripped-back setting for the inaugural outing of the Miller Filtered Music mini-season of intimate gigs, which purport to “filter out the unnecessary” from live performance (the sponsor’s way of describing an acoustic show, one presumes)?
Doves are hardly the most dynamic performers anyway, so a sedentary unplugged gig did not prove too much of a handicap. If anything, the set-up threw their aching melodies into relief.
While they were in mellow mood, they wisped through a cover of Willow’s Song from the Wicker Man soundtrack, with Jimi Goodwin hoping nobody would notice that he was a middle-aged meat-and-potatoes indiebloke singing the part of a sylph-like soprano.
Not too much video around of the show at the moment. Though the promoter Filtered music are saying over at facebook, that official video will be posted soon! Here’s a good one of a slowed down version of Black And White Town..
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Setlist from tonight’s acoustic set at Glasgow’s Oran Mor. Many thanks as always to NLF who also sent in a couple pics from the show..
The Scottish News Of The World caught up with the band in their barn. A really interesting interview it is too, cheers to Clarion for the heads up..
BAND ARE READY TO TRY NEW THINGS EVEN AFTER TEN YEARS AT THE TOP
IN a corner of Doves HQ lies a pile of abandoned boom boxes, reel-to- reel tape recorders and ancient cassette decks.
They’re the kind of relics you’d find, dusty and ignored, at the back of any junk shop.
But, along with drummer Andy Williams’ kit, which sits in its own spot over by the fireplace, and the rack of guitars belonging to his brother Jez, they’re key weapons in creating the band’s rich, inventive sound.
Everything else here, however, is the most up-to-the-minute music technology available, a legacy of their days making club tracks in a scene where producers routinely obsess over the latest gadgets.
“Our songs are really ongoing investigations,” confesses bassist/frontman Jimi Goodwin. “They start to reveal themselves as you’re working on them.”
And inside their HQ, a converted farm building midway between Manchester and Liverpool, it’s the combination of the outmoded and the state-of-the-art that helps shape multi-layered classics like last year’s world-beating fourth album Kingdom Of Rust.