25 Feb 2005
Moss Side Story 
Today's Friday Review in the Guardian has an excellent interview with Doves (complete with wrongly-captioned photo) whose album 'Some Cities' has just been released.

The tour begins, rather appropriately, at a location significant in Doves history: "near the remnants of the studio where they once recorded as successful early 1990s dance act Sub Sub, before it burnt down along with all their equipment. This led them to regroup, using guitars, as Doves. Now the place is a burned out shell." Sub Sub were one of the most successful acts on the late Rob Gretton's Rob's Records.

The modern day Doves find out that "There's nothing left to signify Doves were ever here at all, but they leave a present for local dogs by urinating on the building. Peeing on their legacy is a typically mischievous act at odds with Doves' media image (they're mostly described with the words "miserable", "Mancunian" or "dour")."

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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