Dover (band)

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Dover
Dover (banda).jpg
Dover, 2006
Background information
OriginMadrid, Spain
Genres
Years active1992–2016
Labels
Websitewww.dover.es
MembersAmparo Llanos
Cristina Llanos
Jesús Antúnez
Samuel Titos
Past membersÁlvaro Gómez
Álvaro Díez

Dover was a Spanish band, founded in Madrid in 1992. The group was composed of the sisters and group leaders Cristina Llanos (vocals) and Amparo Llanos (lead guitarist), drummer Jesús Antúnez and bassist Samuel Titos. They recorded eight albums, selling around two million copies. They are known for their second album Devil Came to Me, which led them to international fame. In 2006, their sixth album, Follow the City Lights caused controversy as the style of the group changed from alternative rock to electronic pop. The band won, among other things, the revelation group awards at the 1997 Premios Ondas and the award for best Spanish artist at the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards. The band was disbanded in 2016 by Amparo Llanos, who has since begun another project without her sister.

Band history[edit]

Beginnings and Sister[edit]

Dover originated outside Madrid, in the town of Boadilla del Monte, in the early 90s when Cristina Llanos, then 17, decided to form a rock band encouraged by the alternative scene from Seattle. The group's name was inspired by a brand of a clothing store that her mother owned in Majadahonda. Her sister Amparo, 10 years her senior, joined the project. In 1994, drummer Jesús Antúnez and bassist Álvaro Gómez joined the band. One of the demo tapes of the group went to the radio show Disco Grande on RNE Radio 3. The band then signed a one-year contract with the small independent label Everlasting-Caroline. Their debut album Sister, was released in 1995 and sold poorly, due to the lack of promotion as well as the inexperienced label. Nevertheless, the Spanish music fanzine Mondo Sonoro included the album among their national Top 10 of the Year. Despite the limited success in terms of album sales, this helped Dover manage to gain a foothold in the music scene in Madrid; they even recorded their first music video Come With Me by Juan Bullón, but this song was not released as a single properly, though it was the most demanded for at concerts by fans.

Breakthrough: Devil Came to Me[edit]

The contract with Everlasting-Caroline only lasted a year and afterwards the band signed with the independent label Subterfuge Records. Their first involvement with the label was to include a demo version of their song Loli Jackson in the multi-band compilation album Stereoparty 2. This success motivated the label to produce their second album and so they entered the Infinity Studios in Madrid in 1997 to record the album Devil Came to Me on a tight budget of 80,000 pesetas and in just 20 days. The album was released on April 21, 1997, a fragment of the album's title track (specifically the chorus with the phrase "I lied for you, I lied for you...") was included in a popular television commercial by Radical Fruit Company which increased their notoriety and the band was launched to national fame. During the promotion of this album, Álvaro Gómez was replaced by Álvaro Díez in 1997. The album sold over 500,000 copies and gained them fans abroad in Europe and America. They released their official first single from the album, Serenade, a song that, thanks to its strong chorus and catchy melody, managed to become their first number one in Spain. Juan Bullón again directed their next music video. The song Loli Jackson is featured by Daniel Calparsoro on his movie "Blinded".

Late at Night, I Was Dead for 7 Weeks in the City of Angels and The Flame[edit]

The relationship with Subterfuge Records deteriorated and they signed with Chrysalis Records label owned by EMI Music. In 1998 they quickly created their own label Loli Jackson Records. With their newly created label, Dover soon signed up several independent groups. The following year they released their third album Late at Night, recorded in Seattle with Barret Jones. It was released on 28 June of that year with great expectations created by its first single DJ that quickly became number one in Spain; something totally new for a rock band. This success soon propelled them to their first international tour that took them to Germany, England, the Netherlands, Mexico, the United States among others. By February 2000, the album was already triple platinum with 300,000 thousand copies sold in Spain alone.

In 2000, Dover received an award from MTV Europe for Best Spanish Artist. In 2001, Chrysalis reissued their first album Sister including the unreleased song 'Noche Tras Noche'. In May of that year they soon entered 'Grandmasters Studies Recorder' to record their new album, again accompanied by Barrett Jones, and titled I Was Dead for 7 Weeks in the City of Angels Their first single, released on September 3 of the year, was 'King George'. The album itself was released on September 17, 2001 and in just ten days had sold 125,000 copies.

In 2003, the musical crisis forces them to close their record company and sign with EMI Music. On 27 October of that year, their fifth album The Flame, was quickly released. This time the album was co-produced by Rick Will and recorded entirely in Spain. Sales were not in their favor this time and struggled to reach 60,000 copies. In May 2005, bassist Álvaro Díez was expelled from the group and replaced by Samuel Titos, former guitarist and vocalist of 'Sperm'. In late 2005 they become the first group to support the NGO Oxfam.

Pop Reinvention: Follow the City Lights[edit]

For months, the group begins to compose what would be their new album. Dover announced that it would be a change that would leave everyone pleasantly surprised. And so in October 2006 they released a new album called Follow the City Lights, produced by Daniel Alcover. Dover's style changes radically, introducing electronic arrangements in their music.

The first single from this album, Let Me Out, received a Premio Ondas for Best Song in 2006. Also, the single reached number 1 on the Spanish charts Los 40 Principales for 4 weeks. Furthermore, Let Me Out soon became number one on the Spanish iTunes Music Store. The second single from the album was Do Ya, which featured on the football video game FIFA 08. A third single was also released from the album, Keep on Moving. Each single had an accompanying music video.

In November 2007 they released their first double disc compilation of Dover, entitled 2, which contained many of the successful singles and tracks released by Dover, including a new song called Soldier. The same year they toured with La Oreja de Van Gogh.

In late 2008, Dover toured throughout Germany and Europe to promote 2. In March 2009 they subsequently signed a contract with Sony-BMG. In several interviews they announced that their forthcoming seventh album would come out in 2010.

African Rhythms: I Ka Kené[edit]

On 31 July 2010, Dover released the first single from their upcoming album I Ka Kené onto YouTube, entitled Dannayá. It is sung in Bambara, an African language and English. According to the band's Facebook page, the single is inspired by a Malian immigrant they met.

2012: What goes around comes around[edit]

During the first quarter of 2012, Dover announced the release of a single with two songs, an unreleased track and a cover of a popular song of the eighties; the unreleased track was mixed by Veronica Ferraro in France and the cover by Jesús Antúnez in Madrid. On March 8, 2012, a fan revealed the title of the new song What Goes Around Comes Around on the internet. What Goes Around Comes Around was backed with a cover of Need You Tonight, a hit originally by INXS.[1]

Dover took part in the Trina promotional campaign "Al natural", performing three songs: Loli Jackson, King George and Junnete, playing three acoustic versions. They were also involved in the introduction of a Givenchy perfume, giving them the opportunity to make their first online live performance, performing The Hitter, The Morning After, King George, Do Ya and a new version of DJ accompanied only by an electric guitar.

The release of What Goes Around Comes Around was delayed for fifteen days, and was only sold in digital form at the end of June 2012. The promotion was limited to a single appearance on "El Número Uno" program. The single entered the list of "Los 40 Principales" and spent five weeks on the chart. They began their tour in 2012 reviewing their greatest hits, such as the original versions of Devil Came to Me, King George and Serenade, in addition to an acoustic version of Loli Jackson.

2013 - 2016: The return to rock: Dover Came to Me tour, Complications and split[edit]

Cristina Llanos during the Dover came to me tour in 2014.

In 2014, Dover announced that, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of foundation of the band, they would tour and re-release their Devil Came to Me album (as they also were celebrating the 15th anniversary of the album's release). The tour started on March 8 in the Sala Sol in Madrid. Tickets sold out more than three months before the concert. From that date, they began to perform in multiple venues in Spain, selling-out most performances.[citation needed]. They also reissued their album Devil Came to Me, called Dover Came to Me, in different formats. The Deluxe format contains a CD with a remastered album version plus bonus tracks, a second CD with their live songs and a DVD with one of the concerts of this tour, plus a 1997 live performance in the Palacio de los Deportes. Also the DVD includes interviews with the band members, plus two video clips: Serenade and Loli Jackson.

After filling more than thirty-five concert halls in all the Spanish geography during 2013, they embarked on a last tour in winter, which would come to an end in the legendary hall La Riviera on January 10, 2014. The rest of the year, they only performed on a couple occasions, one of which was holding Subterfuge in the Music Day in June, where they presented a new untitled song, later to be called Crash. Their social networks were updated with news about recording a new album, indicating that it would be closer to rock.

In September they premiered Too Late during a concert in La Rioja. In December, Complications was announced: the eighth studio album by Dover was released on February 9. Produced by drummer Jesús Antúnez and recorded in Madrid, Complications returned to the melodic rock that characterized Dover's early albums.

On November 2016, Amparo Llanos announced on Radio 3 that the band was breaking up, with herself and bassist Samuel Titos starting another band named New Day, while drummer Jesús Antúnez would focus on his DJ career.[2]

Band Influences[edit]

Despite Dover being a Spanish band, most of their songs are written in English (except for the cover Noche Tras Noche, the only song the band sings in Spanish and is included as a bonus track on the reissue of their album Sister in 2001) and are composed by the Llanos sisters. Amparo composing and Cristina writing the lyrics.

According to the group, the reason that the lyrics are in English is because their rock influences have always been primarily English bands and they do not feel comfortable using Spanish lyrics for their songs.

Both sisters insist they were strongly influenced by The Beatles and grunge music, especially Nirvana. These influences are evident in the music. Thus, referring to Paul McCartney in King George ("I need to McCartney's song"). In 27 Years, they make reference to a famous album of his: Band on the Run, and in their album Follow The City Lights, one of the songs which is called Dear McCartney. In this album, they have said that their influences have been artists like Madonna and Peaches. Also, their song The Weak Hour of the Rooster, quotes the last sentence from the suicide note of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana: "It's better to burn out than to fade away".

As for the album I Ka Kené, they were influenced by African artists like Boubacar Traore, Korchach, Coumba Sidibe, John Chivadura, Nahawa Dumbia, Oliver Mtukudzi, Habib Koite, Sekouba Traore, Bembeya Jazz Orchestra, Sekouba Bambino, etc. In addition to the incorporation of the Bambara, in the album they have used the French language for being the official language in several African countries.

As for the album Complications, Cristina commented that the biggest influence for the album was The Cars and Joan Jett.[3]

Band members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
Compilation albums
Remixes albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Result
1997 Premios Ondas Best Spanish Revealing Group Won[4]
Premios de la Música Best Rock Author Won[5][6]
2000 MTV Europe Awards Best Spanish Act for "Late at Night" Won[7]
2001 Premios Amigo Best National Song for "King George" Won[8][9]
2006 Premios Ondas Best Song for "Let Me Out" Won[10][11]
Premios 40 Principales Best National Group Nominated
Best Music Video for "Let Me Out" Nominated
2007 Premios de la Música Best Song for "Let Me Out" Nominated
Best Album for Follow the City Lights Nominated
Best Artistic Producer by Daniel Alcover (Follow the City Lights) Nominated
Best Sound Technician by Daniel Alcover (Follow the City Lights) Won[12][13]
Best Music Video for "Let Me Out" Won[12][13]
Best Alternative Pop Album for Follow the City Lights Won[12][13]
EP3 Best Album of the Year for Follow the City Lights Won
Premios 40 Principales Best National Group Nominated
Best Music Video for "Keep On Moving" Nominated
Premios Glamour Music Top Glamour Won
2010 Premios 40 Principales Best National Group Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dover regresa recreando a INXS" (in Spanish). 8 February 2013.
  2. ^ [Dover confirman su separación tras 24 años de música "Dover confirman su separación tras 24 años de música"] Check |url= value (help). Europa Press (in Spanish). 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  3. ^ Bianciotto, Jordi (21 May 2015). "No pretendemos volver a 1997" (in Spanish).
  4. ^ "Premios Ondas 1997" (in Spanish). 13 November 1997.
  5. ^ "Premios de la Música 1998" (in Spanish). 16 April 1998.
  6. ^ Castilla, Amelia (17 April 1998). "Premios de la Música: Dover se llevó un galardón de consolación" (in Spanish). El País.
  7. ^ "Dover triunfa en los premios MTV" (in Spanish). El País. 17 November 2000.
  8. ^ "'King George', de Dover, premio Amigo 2001 a la mejor canción" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 27 November 2000.
  9. ^ "Los Premios Amigo reconocen a los grandes vendedores de la industria discográfica" (in Spanish). El País. 27 November 2001.
  10. ^ "Let me out, ganadora del Premio Ondas 2006" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 25 October 2006.
  11. ^ "Premios Ondas 2006" (in Spanish). 23 November 2006.
  12. ^ a b c "Premios de la Música 2007" (in Spanish). 30 March 2007.
  13. ^ a b c Aguilar, Andrea (30 March 2007). "Dover, triunfador en la gala de los Premios de la Música" (in Spanish). El País.

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