Doves announce two-year hiatus

Mancunian band to fly home to roost after their current tour for a two-year break from recording

Although Doves are not splitting up, the Mancunian band are taking a two-year break from recording, they revealed yesterday. "We just [want] to get off that whole album-tour-album-tour treadmill," singer Jimi Goodwin said.

Doves have always been the slow and steady types. They have released a fairly modest four albums in 10 years and their most recent, 2009's Kingdom of Rust, took four years to make. Earlier this month, the group released their first compilation, The Places Between, which they are currently touring.

"None of us are ready to face going into the studio for another two years," Goodwin told the Daily Record. "This [compilation] is wiping the slate clean – we have nothing else in the vaults now. That is it. Whatever we do from now on will be a new start."

While Doves may not be re-entering the studio, Goodwin will stay busy. After talking about it "endlessly for years", he and Elbow's Guy Garvey hope to finally work together. "There are a couple of tracks that we have passed back and forwards to each other but it's having the time," he said. "We keep trying to get our diaries together. Who knows if it will ever get released? I'm just waiting to see what might happen."

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