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Jez Williams of Doves Reflects on the Band’s Career

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May 06, 2010 Doves Photography by Derrick Santini Bookmark and Share

Those watching the progress of the Manchester, England-based band Doves over the past 12 years have probably all had the same thought at some point: When will their American ship finally come in, in a commercial sense? That consideration is purely a matter of comparison, however. With Coldplay forming around the same time and moving in a lighter though not completely dissimilar direction to Doves, it seemed only a matter of time before the trio of brothers Jez Williams (guitar, vocals) and Andy Williams (drums, vocals) and singer/bassist/guitarist Jimi Goodwin would have their own “Yellow.”

Regardless of their slow-burning momentum in the U.S., the band has taken its time over the years to craft a four-album catalogue of solid, memorable, guitar-driven pop-rock songs. Always a considerably bigger act on their home turf, Doves’ last album, 2009’s Kingdom of Rust, missed the number one spot by a hair of Lady Gaga’s head, as Jez Williams explains in our interview (“It’s a bit of a Doves curse: Lady Gaga beat us by four records to the number one spot,” he jokes). The band plans to take an open-ended break before plotting their next move. “We’re going to go away and do stuff for ourselves, do musical things,” says Williams. “After we finish touring this year it’s time for us to work on side projects. I want us to come back, reconvene after that, with a new-found sense of purpose.” But in the meantime, the new The Places Between: The Best Of Doves provides an excellent career placeholder. In our interview with Jez Williams, he reflects on various moments in Doves’ career.

Read the full interview here.


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