he DOVES latest Music Submit MPK, “Maybe Tomorrow”, is a diverse quartet of compositions featuring the “3-minute blast of pop “Driving Acoustic Lyricism” of the title track — “Maybe Tomorrow… is the day that we’ve been waiting for”:
“If I Fall” — “your daily dose of dread, despair, and paranoia; expressed in crunchy power chords, and set to a relentless tribal tom-tom beat”:
“Do Something Clever”, which “finds the duo in ‘noir’ territory. A danceable expression of the menace that lies just beneath the surface of civility…”:
and “Indigo” — “a melodic, hummable, toe-tapping ditty of almost Haiku-like lyrical simplicity”.
“Maybe Tomorrow” is the latest addition to The DOVES expansive catalogue, which includes:
“By and By”, The DOVES second album compilation, and first since 2014’s “Day (One)”. “By and By” finds the duo looking backward and forward: the titular track, for example, is offered as both an updated version of a track from the couple’s “salad days”; as well as the original track, featuring Trena on bass, David Goldberg on drums, and William Barton on lead guitar [“By and By (1989)” — mastered, as all tracks are, by the incomparable Joey Stuckey]. “Facebook Famous” turns a gently sardonic eye toward the vagaries of social media. “Let Me Go” features 70s-style dance-funk rhythms, with a special guest appearance by “Charleston Heston” delivering spoken, un-ironic modus profundo. “Confession” reprises the award-winning rumination on loss and betrayal, soon to be featured on the “Macon Music v. III” compilation. “Kiernan” is Trena’s sweet ode to her 2-year-old grandson. “Being Or Not (Being)”, like “By and By”, harkens back to the couple’s early days; another Moody Blues-ish romp that asks the age-old question posed by Shakespeare’s Danish prince in “Hamlet”:
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
The addition of the bonus track “Blood Southern Streets (In My Town)” rounds out the collection: a Jam-inspired, genetically Southern (i.e., early REM-ish) pop-rocker produced for a local music video show during Macon, Georgia (USA)’s nascent alt-rock days.
Plus the “musical smorgasbord” of their initial 6-song EP, “Day (One)” which ranges from acoustic lament (“Dirty Words”), to guitar-driven New Wave (“Day”), to electronic synth (“Some More Than Others”), to glorious chorale (“Out of the Wood”), to “grunge meets Latin in Motown” (“Angeline”), to soulful blues (“Everybody’s Happy But Me”) –
and their more recent offerings, “Mirage” (a galloping reflection on the boundaries of reality: is our world really a “Mirage”?); “The Fine Line” (the pathos involved with choosing to “walk the line”, a la Johnny Cash – or not to); “Why Did You Hurt Me?” (which arrives like a retro echo from the golden age of radio); “King of Kings” (The DOVES take a gospel turn…); “The Day You Were Born” (20th century pop/rock); “Pulse” (“…the steady drumbeat of your “Pulse” — thump, thump, thump — is all that stands between you and eternity”); and the award-winning “Confession” (featured on the “Macon Music V. III” compilation).
The DOVES express an effortless shifting of musical genres that confirm what Dan Herman of Radio Crystal Blue remarked on his “Novus Ordo” broadcast: “they have something unique up their sleeve…”.
Written, recorded and mixed by The DOVES
W. Wade Stooksberry: guitars, bass, vocals
Trena Stooksberry: vocals
Mastered by Joey Stuckey at Shadow Sound Studio, Macon, Georgia, USA