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10 Must Hear Classic Doves Tracks

Doves are back and are headlining Gunnersville in the idyllic grounds of Gunnersbury Park on 6th September.

With two UK number one albums and two Mercury Music Prize nominations, the Manchester trio have released numerous timeless indie rock anthems throughout their career.

To celebrate Jimi, Jez and Andy’s return we’ve compiled, in no particular order, 10 Classic Doves Tracks.

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1. ‘Cedar Room’ (Lost Souls – 2000)

The first single to be released from the band’s Mercury Award nominated debut album, ‘Lost Souls’, ‘The Cedar Room’ is a monumental track in Doves’ history.

The trio had started work on what would be Doves’ material as far back as 1996 – when they were still known as the dance act, Sub Sub. But, it was the release of the limited edition ‘Cedar’ EP in 1998, featuring ‘The Cedar Room’ and ‘Rise’, that announced Doves to the world.

From the opening gospel clapped beats to the soaring chorus, awash with unbridled emotion, ‘The Cedar Room’- at almost eight minutes long –  was Doves putting a stake in the ground and showing us everything that was great to come.

2. ‘Black and White Town’ – lead single, ‘Some Cities’ (2005)

The opening pummeling beat of ‘Black and White Town’ are still as instantly recognisable as when the track was originally released 15 years ago. It was the first single to be dropped from Doves’ third album, ‘Some Cities’, and their second single to hit the UK Top 10.

The northern soul groove and stomped piano chords, sweep you up into front man Jimi’s rallying call to break out of suburbia.

3. ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ – ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ (2009)

The title track from Doves’ long-awaited fourth album is like the last cowboy walking into town for the final showdown. It’s one of their most cinematic songs with strings worthy of Morricone, country-tinged slide guitar and a return to the dreamy atmospherics first visited in ‘The Cedar Room’.

It’s a track that may not have the signature big Doves’ chorus, but still has the same devastatingly emotive effect.

4. ‘There Goes The Fear’ – (‘The Last Broadcast’, 2002)

‘There Goes The Fear’ is the track that even if you don’t know Doves, you know this song – it’s that much of an anthem. The first single from Doves’ UK number one sophomore album, The Last Broadcast’, it was famously only available for 24 hours to buy on CD and 10” vinyl when it was released in 2002.

The song’s euphoric ode to letting go also saw it joining The Smiths, The Beatles, The Pixies and more on the soundtrack to the 2009 American romantic comedy, 500 Days Of Summer, starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt.

5. ‘Pounding’ – (‘The Last Broadcast’, 2002)

If there was one song that’s going to get everyone bouncing at Gunnersville on 6th September it’s ‘Pounding’. From the opening strummed chords and bashed beats it picks you up and refuses to let you go for a blissful 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

The second single from the Mercury Music prize nominated, ‘The Last Broadcast’, it’s one of the band’s most uplifting and intoxicating anthems.

6. ‘Snowden’ – (‘Some Cities’, 2005)

The opening of ‘Snowden’ is like a siren call that instantly makes you want to answer Jimi’s plea of, ‘Man, can you help me out?’. The second single from ‘Some Cities’ it glides from melancholy to exhilaration, before finally scaling to a heavenly end. Totally glorious.

7. ‘10.03’ (Kingdom Of Rust, 2009)

Three years on and the haunting landscape of ‘Snowden’ was visited once again on Kingdom Of Rust’s, ‘10.03’. Produced by John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses), 10.03 is Doves at their most experimental and chilling. The track bathes you in serene ambience before jarring you awake with a full psych explosion.

8. ‘Caught By The River’ – (‘The Last Broadcast’, 2002)

‘Caught By The River’ is the perfect dramatic end to ‘The Last Broadcast’. The simple strummed acoustic guitar, the ‘give it all away’ repeating chorus and euphoric close make it the ultimate festival anthem at sunset.

9. ‘Firesuite’ – (Lost Souls, 2000)

The opener to ‘Lost Souls’, ‘Firesuite’ owes more to the band’s Sub Sub past with trippy beats worthy of DJ Shadow and the atmospherics of Portishead. An earlier version of track recorded at the band’s former studio, before it sadly burned down in a fire, can be found on the 1998’s ‘Delta Tapes’.

10. Catch The Sun – Lost Souls (2000)

For the definite indie rock summer anthem you need look no further than this absolute belter of a track. ‘Catch The Sun’ is Doves at their poppiest and carefree and oozing a truck ton of feelgood vibes. It was made to be heard in the fields of Gunnersbury Park.

Don’t miss Doves at Gunnersville with special guests Echo & The Bunnymen and Badly Drawn Boy on 6th September in Gunnersbury Park.

Tickets on sale now for just £35 + booking fee.