||King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
||+ Neon Waltz
||All Tickets = £10.00
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Until now, Andy and Jez Williams have been best known as two thirds of Doves, whose four albums – including two Number Ones – took them around the world, including stadium-sized gigs with U2, Elbow and Coldplay. You can hear echoes of Doves’ expansive, emotional sound in their new band, Black Rivers, but it’s more electronic, more diverse, more brilliantly psychedelic, tugging at the heartstrings in a different, more kaleidoscopic way.
“We never said ‘Oh, we can’t do that because it sounds too much like Doves,’ says Jez. “Some bands are rooted in the reality of the here and now. I suppose we’ve always been about escapism: searching for something. That’s the link, but I wouldn’t want to think we sound too much like Doves. The exciting thing about Black Rivers is that we had the freedom to go wherever we wanted.”
With Doves on indefinite hiatus since 2010, the duo didn’t immediately think of playing together for a while. They’d grown up as brothers and spent over 20 years together in bands with singer/bassist Jimi Goodwin. After initially writing for white label 12”s in Manchester in the post-acid house boom of the early 1990s, they found themselves on Top Of The Pops as their first band, dance act Sub Sub, scored a Number Three hit with Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use). “On Top of the Pops and skint,” chuckles Jez. “We could barely manage enough for a cheese pasty at the BBC studios, yet we were going out across the entire nation.” Success – and being able to afford cheese pasties - became a much more regular occurrence as they regrouped as Doves and the Mercury-nominated 2000 debut, Lost Souls, established the mix of melancholy and euphoria that became a trademark. But by 2009 – following fourth album Kingdom Of Rust – they needed a break from each other, as a band if not as brothers. Guitarist Jez plunged himself into electronic music while drummer Andy formed a new band with some friends, until their jobs started getting in the way. Gradually, the brothers found themselves making music together once again.
“We just drifted back together,” explains Andy. “It made sense.”
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