We’ve only recently discovered London band Doe, having listened to their 2016 album “Some things last longer than you” on Bandcamp just a few weeks ago.
It’s a rewarding listen with melodies that often recall Weezer at their best and harmonies that conjure memories of early noughties (whisper it) emo band The Anniversary (in a very good way!). Sometimes it’s uncanny.
Nicola Leel’s voice sits somewhere between Scout Niblett and Neko Case in the vocal spectrum… if such a thing exists!
The songwriting is strong although, for some, it could get a little too emo in places. There are some real gems here. Opener “No.1” absolutely kicks into life after the opening “no one, no one, no one, no one” refrain which reveals it’s purpose when the dual vocalists reach the line “I don’t know why you think you can talk down to me as if I’m no one”. “Monopoly” is pure blue album Weezer, although with Joey Santiago-esque guitar blasts.
The opening verse of “Sincere” evokes Blur, before the song blasts into a power pop chorus and a screaming ending. “Respite”, the lyrics from which the album takes its name, is a great song, full of crunching guitars, melodically rich, hell, as is the brilliant “Last Ditch” (although the ending sounds a bit like Sum 41…).