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"There's no-one more confused about what Sub Sub sound like than us... and I think that's a strength!" - Jimi Goodwin
 
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MADCHESTER ONE HIT WONDERS BECOME MANC SUPERGROUP!
Sub Sub

Twins Andy and Jez Williams, and Jimi Goodwin were childhood friends in Altrincham. They decided to form a band in their teenage years after a night in the Haçienda. The result was Sub Sub.

With a sound heavily formed by of samplers and sequencers, Sub Sub were typical of the acid house dance acts spawned by the city's vibrant scene, later dubbed "Madchester".

Their first white label release, "Space Face", became popular in Manchester's clubs and brought them to the attention of New Order’s manager, Rob Gretton, who had left Factory Records to form a label of his own, Rob's Records.

Their first release for the label in 1992, "The Coast EP", an instrumental dance track won much praise and sold well for an underground release. It was the 1993 release of “Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)” though that won the lads legendary Madchester status. As none of the band had much confidence in their own singing skills, they recruited friend, Melanie Williams, for the role. The result was a club classic, reaching number 3 in the UK charts and making appearances on Top Of The Pops.

The success went to the heads of Andy, Jimi and Jez, who spent every penny they earned living it up in Manchester's legendary club scene. It took them almost a year before they returned to the studio. The result, “Respect”, was a huge flop whilst the album "Full Fathom Five", also failed to recreate the success (and sound) of "Ain't No Love".

Sub Sub had earned the tag of being one hit wonders but the lads didn't give up. They worked on new material, almost full-time, in their studio for three years. They shifted from the acid-house dance sound they had become famous for and moved towards a rockier edge, employing guitars, bass and drums. With almost enough material recorded for a new album, they were positive about their future.

Everything changed one tragic night in 1996 though. The lads were out in Manchester celebrating the twins birthday when they got a phone call. There had been an electrical fire at the studio and everything had been destroyed, including the material they were working on and their equipment.

After month's of contemplation, the band moved into New Order's old studio in Manchester's Cheetham Hill and worked hard on new material. A compilation of this material, entitled "The Delta Tapes", was released in 1998 and featured collaborations with Bernard Sumner and Tricky.

Sub Sub were back - albeit with a completely different sound to what they had become famous for. To assist in ridding them of this unwanted stereotype, they decided to change their name...

In 1998, Doves were born, and the lads haven't looked back since...

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