Doves Dropping In On The States
Doves will take a brief break from their U.K. tour in March to play a show as part of the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.Doves will take a brief break from their U.K. tour in March to play a show as part of the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Vocalist/bassist Jimi Goodwin tells Billboard.com the group is hoping to also squeeze in shows in New York and Los Angeles during the trip, and that it will also be back in the States later in the spring to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
Beginning Feb. 22 in Edinburgh, Doves will be on the road in support of their third studio album, "Some Cities," due the day before internationally via Heavenly and March 1 in North America via Capitol. A Feb. 7 commercial release is planned for the single "Black & White Town."
"We're looking forward to coming out there and touring again," he says. "That's the main thing a band like us can do. We don't seem to be able to set radio alight, or have enough money to pay to get on radio. Hopefully we've established a bit of a fanbase now and I hope they just really get off on the record and see another side again to us that they've not seen before."
Goodwin describes "Some Cities" simply as "a progression again from the previous two. It has urgency. It doesn't have as many highs and lows as the other two, perhaps. It needs to communicate. It needs to express itself and try to break out of being contained."
Beyond the Motown backbeat-driven "Black & White Town," other highlights include the soaring "Snowden" and the soulful rock of opener "Some Cities." Album closer "Ambition" was recorded in a rundown Benedectine monastery near Scotland's Loch Ness in a one-off, five-hour session.
"Once we got permission to go in, we frantically finished the lyrics until two or three in the morning," Goodwin muses of the track. "Something like this re-instills your faith in recording. It just came together with pure serendipity."
Here are Doves' tour dates:
Feb. 22: Edinburgh (Corn Exchange)
Feb. 23: Aberdeen, England (Music Hall)
Feb. 24: Glasgow (Academy)
Feb. 26: Belfast (Ulster Hall)
Feb. 28: Dublin (Olympia Theatre)
March 2: Bristol, England (Colston Hall)
March 4: Southampton, England (Guildhall)
March 5: Cardiff, Wales (University)
March 7: Exeter, England (University)
March 8: Brighton, England (Dome)
March 10: Folkestone, England (Leas Cliff Hall)
March 11: Norwich, England (University of East Anglia)
March 12: Cambridge, England (Corn Exchange)
March 29: Nottingham, England (Rock City)
March 30: London (Brixton Academy)
April 2: Leeds, England (University)
April 3: Newcastle, England (Northumbria University)
April 4: Liverpool, England (Royal Court Theatre)
April 6: Manchester, England (Apollo)
April 8: Birmingham, England (Academy)
April 9: Sheffield, England (Octagon Centre)