Doe
Doe

Doe

About Doe

With members who bonded over a love of groups such as Sleater-Kinney, the Breeders, and Weezer, Doe's hooky indie rock emerged from London on a pair of short-form releases in 2013. Their first album, Some Things Last Longer Than You, followed in 2016. After their second long-player, 2018's Grow Into It, was released, Doe's final recording was a cover of the Cars' "Just What I Needed," issued in early 2019.
Doe formed at the beginning of 2013 when guitarist and vocalist Nicola Leel answered an advert placed by Essex-based drummer Jake Popyura, who was looking to start a band. They spent their first six months together writing material before enlisting the help of second guitarist Alex Sorenti to flesh out the songs. Doe's first recorded material came shortly afterward in the form of a limited-edition five-track self-titled LP. It was followed a few months later by the cassette release Summer 2013 on their own Keroleen Records, which featured a cover of Pixies' "Gigantic." Spending the rest of 2013 touring the U.K. and Europe in D.I.Y. punk and indie venues, often with Jake Popyura's other band, the Exhausts, they released the song "Late Bloomer" that October.
At the beginning of 2014, Sorenti left the band and was soon replaced by Matt Sykes. Another U.K. tour was scheduled, and they released a second cassette, Sooner, as well as a split 7" with Canadian outfit Taxa. In early October 2014, the group issued First Four (comprising the band's first releases) on Specialist Subject Records and Old Flame. Throughout 2015, the trio continued to tour the U.K., supporting the likes of Dogs on Acid and Pity Sex in addition to playing headlining shows. Contributing to the four-way split EP Alcopop! vs. Dog Knights alongside Playlounge, Johnny Foreigner, and Doctrines, Doe also released a limited lathe-cut 7" featuring a cover of Weezer's "Susanne" and their own "Avalanche" on Fierce Panda. In August, Doe announced they had parted ways with Sykes, and after a brief reunion with Alex Sorenti for tour dates, replacement Dean Smithers was drafted in.
At the beginning of 2016, Doe headed to Leeds-based studios Suburban Home to record what would become their debut album. A joint release on Specialist Subject and Old Flame, Some Things Last Longer Than You appeared in September of that year. For their second full-length, the band once again teamed up with Hookworms frontman Matthew Johnson (Menace Beach, Martha), who produced the record. The resulting Grow Into It was released on Big Scary Monsters and Topshelf Records in September 2018. They toured the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. in support of the album, including dates with Speedy Ortiz and Dilly Dally.
The pairing of Grow Into It's "'Team Spirit" with a cover of the Cars' "Just What I Needed" arrived on Keroleen Records and Big Scary Monsters on Valentine's Day 2019. It would prove to be the group's final release, as Doe played a farewell show in London on September 7, 2019. ~ Rich Wilson & Marcy Donelson

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