Trio turn to solo projects after touring two albums in 18 months

Doves have admitted they may never play another gig again after their forthcoming homecoming show at Manchester’s Warehouse Project next month.

Guitarist Jez Williams said the gig on October 16 could be their last, after a heavy touring schedule which has seen the band tour two albums – 2009’s ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ and recent hits compilation ‘The Places Between: The Best Of Doves’.

“It’s a bit of a strange one but there are no plans for an album or a tour after this gig,” he told NME. “It’ll be our last gig for a long, long, long time, if not indefinitely.

“We’ve been together a long time and we’re just thinking we want to do individual things and musical ventures,” he continued. “We’re going to go down that road.”

Williams said he has already started working on his own solo project, which will feature a number of guest artists. Lead singer Jimi Goodwin and Williams‘ brother and drummer Andy Williams are also planning to work on their own records.

“I’ve got a few people in the pipeline for guest artists, which I want to keep under wraps at the moment, but I’m still looking for people to front my project,” Williams said. “It’ll be nice to delve into different territory and it will definitely be more dance orientated than Doves.”

The trio have enjoyed a successful comeback over the last 18 months, with the band’s fourth studio album ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ only being beaten to Number One by Lady Gaga. They also teamed up with the London Bulgarian Choir for the BBC Electric Proms at the Camden Roundhouse.

“We really enjoyed that because it was great opportunity to work with other people and it was a bit mad working with a 40-piece choir. Not having enough rehearsals added to the drama as well,” he added.

The guitarist also shed some light on their last festival appearance at the V Festival last month which saw the crowd upset Goodwin.

Jimi just lost his rag because someone threw a can of Lynx at him,” he explained. “So he just took the mick and said, ‘That’s some really classy shit yeah?’ I don’t think he had the best night’s sleep so he had a bit of a rant.”

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