Jul 31, 2009

Doves @ Metro Theatre

So, a Doves concert for me was going to be a journey into unknown territories. Perhaps unknown pleasures. Of course I was somewhat familiar with the Mancunian trio. I have heard the odd song through the years, whilst the band picked up acclaim and kudos. But until this year I didn't actually own an album of theirs and what I had heard wasn't exactly stoking my fire. But my girl is a big fan and so we trekked to the Metro Theatre on Thursday night for a sold out show, the band's first visit to these shores in 5 years. What did I find? I found a band that exuded professionalism. A band that created their sound in an impressive manner. In the end I enjoyed the night. It didn't change my life, but I left with a greater appreciation of the band's talents.

As stated, I do now own the band's latest release in the shape of "Kingdom of Rust". I have been giving it a spin lately and I do like it. Again, not love, but there are a few songs that I have quite enjoyed. Because of this fact I actually enjoyed the newer songs that the band decided to play. Such as "Jetstream", which opened the night. It's a good starter and seemed to get every one in the mood for a good night. Other new songs that I enjoyed included "Winter Hill", "The Outsiders" and the title track of the album in "Kingdom of Rust". When it came to the older tunes, I struggled a bit. Unfamiliarity doesn't always help when you are at a gig, but my favourite was probably "Pounding". Appropriately named, this song drives with real power. It also displays the band's greatest strength. A really strong rhythm section. Jimi Goodwin's bass acts as a lead instrument, which is strengthened by the drumming of Andy Williams. If you add the lead guitar of Jez Williams to the mix you end up with a pretty strong concoction. The band certainly performs well as a tight and efficient unit. My main reason for not totally connecting with the music at times is a lack of true melody. Quite a few of their songs don't soar to any great heights, nor do they contain any great peaks or valleys. I like songs with a bit more variation, a bit more light and dark. Now that might be coming from a Doves novice, but that's how I am calling it. However, I did enjoy the night. There was enough good music, played expertly, on display to make it a worthwhile and enjoyable night.

Set List (I pinched this from Sean)
Winter Hill
Almost Forgot Myself
The Greatest Denier
Kingdom Of Rust
Black And White Town
The Outsiders
The Cedar Room

Here It Comes
Last Broadcast
There Goes The Fear


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