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Doves Biography

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Birth Place: Manchester, England
Years Active: 1998–present
Genres: Indie Rock, New Prog, Alternative Rock

Doves are an English indie rock band that hail from Wilmslow, Cheshire. The band is comprised of twin brothers Jez Williams on guitar, Andy Williams on drums, and Jimi Goodwin on bass. Martin Rebelski also features in the band on a semi-permanent basis as their keyboardist. To date, the band has released four studio albums, and a best of compilation album. The origins of the Doves can be traced back to when the Williams brothers and Goodwin met in high school at the age of 15, the trio instantly connected over music. Goodwin was already in a band called The Risk, who had a strong local following in and around the Manchester pub scene. The William's brother had also been in a band since they were twelve and had built a name for themselves on the underground indie scene in Manchester.

The trio decided to form a band in 1989 and called themselves Sub Sub; they released their first single “Space Face” in 1991, followed by “Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use),” in 1993, which peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. By 1998 the band had moved away from their dance-oriented style of music, began calling themselves Doves, and began playing alternative rock music. The Doves debut album, “Lost Souls” arrived in 2000 and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The Doves second offering, “The Last Broadcast” showed up two years later in 2002 and peaked at #1 on the U.K. Album Charts. The lead track off the album, “There Goes the Fear,” peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles Chart, and suddenly everyone in the U.K. knew who the Doves were. The band's third offering, “Some Cities,” took on an urban shape, parallel to the countryside they were surrounded by while writing the album. The album was released in 2005 and debuted at #1 on the U.K. Albums Chart, and spawned the single “Black and White Town,” which peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles Chart. That same year saw the Doves open for U2 at in London, Oasis in Manchester, and Coldplay in Bolton, England.

By the time the band's fourth album, “Kingdom of Rust,” emerged in 2009, Doves were a household name after two consecutive #1 albums. Oversees they were already gaining momentum in the U.S. and Canada. Despite the band's growing fame, success, and ever-growing fan base, the band were exhausted from endless touring and decided to go on an indefinite hiatus in 2010.