Fun and in-your-face.
Label: Specialist Subject
Released: 9th September 2016
Doe have always known how to craft a banger; sifting through their variety of EPs over the years, it’s hard to find a song that won’t be stuck in your head for days. This, their first full-length, shows a band who have learned to give a narrative to the bangers, maturing an output that could easily stand alongside bands that have been going for decades. Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, it’s the scathing, brutal lyricism that immediately stands out, with tracks ‘Anywhere’, ‘Monopoly’ and lead single ‘Sincere’ pointing fingers at fakery; to put it simply, they’re the ultimate break-up bangers that will have you echoing them at your ex after a few pints.
Nicola’s vocals on ‘Corine’ are straight-up breathtaking, showing a frontperson with more momentum than ever before, unafraid to be vulnerable and making Doe all the more relatable for it. Recent release ‘Last Ditch’ is Doe at their dream-pop best, with ‘Before Her’ showing off their abilities as masters of slacker-pop; there is truly a catchy chorus at every turn. ‘Some Things Last Longer Than You’ is fun and in-your-face but with a candid, unrestricted approach that demands an emotional response of their listener. Having gone through a few lineup changes over the years, this is an album that proves Doe are finally the band they were always meant to be. Sammy Maine