In this video, we chat with drummer Andy Williams of the Mancunian trio, Doves.
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Rebecca Brayton: Originally a dance act called Sub Sub, a fire in their studio caused this band to regroup and rename themselves Doves. Hi! I’m Rebecca Brayton and welcome to watchmojo.com and today, we’re speaking with Andy Williams from the band.
Andy Williams: Growing up to Manchester, Wilmslow where we’re from, band like New Order and the Smiths definitely shaped us. There was a record label called Factory Records out Manchester and very strong identity in it. It does definitely really formative for us. We’re just the people in your town and your city who help out there doing it.
Rebecca Brayton: I’ve seen you guys described, I’m sorry to say this, as miserable or miserablists, if that’s a word.
Andy Williams: Yeah, we are very miserable. Anyone who knows us knows what our priorities are up in a good laugh. Going back to like this missed intuition. They would have categorized the same but if you knew those people and the lyrics and stuff, there’s definitely a real sense of human going on. I think it’s kind of lazy journalism really just you know because maybe some of the music is kind of melancholic edge to it, than a miserable, silly, don’t feel miserable.
Rebecca Brayton: I’ve heard you guys are really in to kind of the sequencing and the order of the songs on the record.
Andy Williams: We were concerned right up until the end of last year with the set of songs we so decided to have in the record. There were two diverse but we found a way of compiling those songs by just trying a lot of different orders and we’ve actually found an order which really flowed luckily for us. If you get the wrong track order, it can really mess up the record.
Rebecca Brayton: Do you still hear Sub Sub in the Doves music at all?
Andy Williams: Yeah, I mean it’s been set in this record the kind of passed with Sub Sub has been the most kind of prominent. Although, the band name has changed, definitely our attitude hasn’t.
Rebecca Brayton: In terms of the fire, do you think that you guys would be making the same kind of music that you are now if it weren’t for that turning point?
Andy Williams: Maybe yeah because before the fire happened, we we’re changing musically, anyway. We were getting quite bored really for just sitting around the computer in samplers. We’ve been doing it for quite a few years and it start becoming stock in a room. In our first bands, we play drums and guitars and we put that down for a quite few years with Sub Sub but it wasn’t really exciting as anymore and so before the fire, for about a year or two, we were starting, trying to attempt more kind of song-based material. But I think the fire definitely, you know it was a do or die really, it was either like we stop or we’re really making go on this.
Rebecca Brayton: Do you guys still feel jinxed?
Andy Williams: Each ever been very lucky really. Didn’t well really a little bit ago because we were pips in post by Lady Gaga by four records literally is the closest in a year, UK history of charts in two records. So, we were like looking up to Gaga, what’s going on there? But now, I mean really, we really feel blessed to be able to go out touring where people want to come and see us and people want to buy the records, so we’ve been blessed really with that kind of support, you know.