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Doves are an Englishmarker alt rock band, originating from Wilmslowmarker. The band comprises brothers Jez Williams (guitar, vocals) and Andy Williams (drums, vocals), and Jimi Goodwin (bass, vocals, guitar). The members started working seriously together after meeting at The Haçiendamarker in Manchestermarker. Doves' unofficial fourth member is Martin Rebelski, who plays keyboards.


Formation, Sub Sub: 1985–1998

The formation of Doves can be traced back to when the Williams brothers and Goodwin met at Wilmslow High Schoolmarker at age 15. At the time, Jimi Goodwin was playing lead guitar in a band called The Risk; the other members were Joe Roberts (vocals and Rhodes keyboard), Steve Green (rhythm guitar), Dermot Ahern (bass guitar), Jimi's cousin Pat Goodwin (drums) after Simon Pitt the original drummer left the band, and managed by Tim Mulryan who was said to have also managed the infamous "Macc Ladds". The Risk used to practice at Handforth Youth Club and met with some moderate success, mainly playing in Manchestermarker pubs and at The Gallery (Peter Street), The Boardwalk (Little Peter Street) and The International (Anson Road in Rusholme). They also played at The Tunnel Club, Greenwich and at SoapAid. A 5-song demo entitled Take Five was recorded at Spirit studios in Manchester.

Meanwhile, back in 1981, Andy and Jez Williams formed a band with schoolmate and bass player Tim Whiteley, recording and gigging from the age of 12 onwards. Various line-ups followed, as well as a brief TV appearance in 1986. Then, in 1988, Jez Williams and Whiteley became members of Metro Trinity, a Manchester indie band, with Jonny Male (latterly of Republica), and released a Debris Flexi Disc (Manchester indie fanzine) with the Inspiral Carpets. Managed by Warwick Embery, Donavan and the Bay City Rover's manager, Metro Trinity played a number of gigs including The Boardwalk and the The Haçiendamarker. They also released an EP called Die Young on Cafeteria Records, whose cover actually read "Die Yoing" by mistake, which was recorded in Brixtonmarker with drummer Colin Rocks who was eventually replaced by Andy Williams due to other commitments. Jimi Goodwin, Joe Roberts and Whiteley also played together in another band until Joe Roberts signed to London Records, later releasing a number of singles including "Lover", probably his most memorable.

After meeting again at The Haçienda in 1989, the Williams brothers and Jimi Goodwin formed Sub Sub, releasing their first single "Space Face" in 1991, and then in 1993 they released "Ain't No Love ," which reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart. On the Williams twins' birthday in February 1996, the band's Ancoatsmarker studio caught fire and burned down, leading the band members to abandon their previous dance-oriented style and start afresh as alternative rock band Doves in 1998.

Of the threesome's change of direction, Jez Williams has said: "We were faced with a really black and white decision: throw the towel in or carry on. And if you're going to carry on, you've got to put everything into it to justify it, because before that you've lost everything. That was quite a liberating feeling, actually."

Doves: 1998–present

The band released three EPs in 1998 and 1999 on Casino Records, a subsidiary of Rob Gretton's Rob's Records, which established the group's new sound and met with a warm critical response. Their debut album Lost Souls in April 2000 was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, which they lost to fellow Mancunian and former collaborator Badly Drawn Boy.

Doves' second album The Last Broadcast was released two years later, reaching #1 in the UK album chart, and was again nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. This record contained the single "There Goes the Fear," which reached #3 in the UK singles chart despite only being released for one day before it was deleted. In 2003, the band released a B-sides compilation, Lost Sides, and a DVD entitled Where We're Calling From. The DVD included all of their music videos to date, as well as incidental videos played before the start of their Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast tours. Also on the DVD was a live concert video of the band's gig at Cornwallmarker's Eden Projectmarker, recorded in Summer 2002.

Doves recorded Some Cities, their third studio album, away from urban influences, and in cottages tucked away in the countryside of Snowdoniamarker, Darlingtonmarker, and around Loch Nessmarker. "Lyrically, the theme of cities and towns and change started cropping up a lot... which was strange because we were recording and writing in the countryside, but it started taking this real urban shape," says Jimi Goodwin. Some Cities was released in February 2005 and went straight to #1 in the UK albums chart, aided by some of the strongest reviews they had received to date. The album was preceded by the single "Black and White Town," which reached #6 in the UK singles chart. On June 18, 2005, the band opened for U2 at Twickenham Stadiummarker in Londonmarker. They also supported Oasis at the City of Manchester Stadiummarker on their triumphant return to Manchester, and Coldplay at the Reebok Stadiummarker in Bolton, both during their respective 2005 tours.

The band's fourth album, Kingdom of Rust, was released on April 6, 2009. The title track "Kingdom of Rust" was the album's first single, released on March 30, and was featured in the 2009 American horror/comedy film Zombieland. Prior to the new releases, Doves offered a free download of the album's lead track "Jetstream" on their website. On January 27, 2009 the band announced a week's worth of tour dates from March 12-19, in which new album tracks made their debuts. The eleven songs on the album are described by Jez Williams as "schizophrenic, but... also strangely cohesive." Nationwide tours of the United Kingdommarker, United Statesmarker and Canadamarker followed. On 12 July 2009 the band appeared on the Radio 1 stage at T in the Park and the festival Latitude in Southwold. They also appeared with the London Bulgarian Choir as part of the Electric Proms, in October 2009.



  1. Review The Guardian 15 March 2009
  2. Wilmslow Express article
  3. Doves interview on Clash Music
  4. Doves - Home Page
  5. Doves announce comeback tour -, January 27 2009

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