Doves, were quite literally formed
out of the ashes of the Madchester dance act, Sub
Sub, when a fire at their Ancoats studio, on the birthday of
Andy and Jez Williams, destroyed the material for their next album
as well as their equipment. The twins, with fellow bander member
and Manchester CIty fan, Jimi Goodwin,
were inspired to return as the highly acclaimed rock group they
With help from Rob's Records, owned
by Rob Gretton who died only months later, the band took up residence
in New Order's old Cheetham
Hill studio before resurfacing as Doves in 1998, playing a few gigs
with Badly Drawn Boy.
They released 'The Cedar Room EP'
before playing at Glastonbury and alongside the likes of James
at a specially arranged gig in Manchester's Heaton Park.
By late 1999 Doves had embarked on
their first major UK tour, building a strong live following with
stars like Paul Weller, Tom Rowlands (The
Chemical Brothers), Colin Greenwood (Radiohead), Melanie Blatt
(All Saints), and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) attending their gigs.
Their singles,'Rise', 'Sea Song',
'Here It Comes', and the brilliant 'The Cedar Room' (UK No. 33)
created great anticipation for their award winning debut album;
'Lost Souls' was released in April, 2000, to widespread acclaim.
The single 'Catch The Sun' (UK No.32) followed, confirming Doves'
position as one of Britain's most promising bands earning them the
label of 'Manchester's Next Big Thing' by many.
In October 2000, the brilliant 'Man
Who Told Everything' single reached UK Top 40 status and received
widespread radio airplay. New Year's Eve 2000 also witnessed them
playing at Manchester's Castlefield Arena alongside Badly
In April 2002, the band returned
with the brilliant single, 'There Goes The Fear'. With a sound reminding
many of The Stone Roses' 'Waterfall'
it received massive UK airplay. Cleverly released and deleted on
the same day, their fans rushed out to buy it sending it straight
into the UK charts at Number 3.
A fortnight later, their superb second
album, 'The Last Broadcast', went straight into the UK charts at
Number 1 ensuring Manchester's next big thing had finally made it!
The album also spawned the single
'Pounding' which captured Doves unique sound perfectly.