Doves Shake Off The Rust, Return To Re-Win The Hearts of Anglophiles

Feb 6th, 2009 // 10 Comments

Call it “Chinese Democracy Syndrome” if you like, but there’s a line when waiting a few years for a new album from an act you enjoy turns into a period during which you forget what you liked about a band in the first place. Even though I was really into the first three Doves albums, somewhere in the four-year wait since 2005′s Some Cities, I stopped wondering when the band would have new material out. However, when Radio 1 debuted the self-titled first single from their forthcoming album Kingdom of Rust (it’s due to be released here on April 7), I realized that I’m willing to jump back on the bandwagon. Doves aren’t exactly an act you should expect a dramatic artistic left turn from, but they’re British and cool, so who am I to complain? Two tracks from Kingdom are below the cut.

“Kingdom of Rust”:


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  1. Audif Jackson Winters III

    There was some recent Pitchfork news item on this release date that reminded me of why I hate Pitchfork. Some comment like, “well, they’re not that good, but at least they’re not Travis.” Because it’s great to point to people who probably like the band enough to read your news item about it that you think they suck. Nice work.

  2. moomintroll

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: I seem to like a lot of bands that Pitchfork isn’t sure about. I think it’s more of a defense mechanism on their part. If they’re not sure exactly how cool a certain British band is, just offer a backhanded compliment like “They’re not Travis” and all bases are covered.

    Doves is still one of the greatest live shows I’ve ever seen, and There Goes The Fear is probably one of my favorite songs ever, so yeah, I’m excited for this new album.

  3. Lucas Jensen

    @moomintroll: I will say this. I have been cajoled into buying three Doves albums or so by positive press notices, only to find them completely unmemorable.

  4. SomeSound-MostlyFury

    I liked the first two albums okay – but I loved Some Cities. These tracks seems to be hearkening back to the first two albums, so I’m a little disappointed. But I’ll still buy it.

  5. moomintroll

    @Lucas Jensen: I admit they’re not the most innovative band ever, but the news of their new album made me happy. I would of lived had they never released any new music…but I feel reassured knowing some is out there all the same.
    They’re just a solidly good band.

  6. Ted Striker

    Perfect example of an “internet middle-brow” band: tastemakers like Pitchfork, etc. who are always looking for the newest, trendiest thing will barely give a band like Doves the time of day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Doves won’t have a top 40 Rock hit anytime soon (probably) and won’t ever get to the popularity level of even Franz Ferdinand.

    So they fall into this weird limbo, where your friends who listen to mainstream radio think you’re taking chances by listening to them, and your cooler-than-thou friends think it’s quaint that you listen to a band from 2005.

  7. DocStrange

    neither of these songs are as good as “There Goes the Fear”. Still pretty good, though.

  8. raihala

    Interesting to hear someone out there thinks “Some Cities” is the best Doves record(!) I mean, “Black and White Town” is TERRIFIC, but to these ears, the overall quality dropped off with “Some Cities” as a whole.

    Looking forward to the new one, though. And I agree that these guys are great live.

  9. Chris Molanphy

    @Ted Striker: IAWTC — you nailed it, exactly.

    FWIW, I will say that, eight-plus years later, I still don’t understand why “Catch the Sun” wasn’t totally massive here. I mean, okay, I know why — it was the early ’00s, mook-rock was ascendant, etc. — but it’s still unjust.

  10. cheesebubble

    I quite enjoy this band and it’s great to know something new is on the way. Screw Pitchfork and the naysayers.

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