Portland power pop four-piece The Dovecotes recall freewheeling, halcyon days of early 90s Stumptown bands like Pond and Heatmiser. Instead of guitars aggressively propelling into the rock stratosphere, Hugh Jepson's vocals, delivered from dreamland, are the real catalyst, gently and slowly tugging the listener into outer space. Dovecotes' guitar stylings are quintessential indie: jangly yet melodically complex, providing that slow burn throughout the life of the tune.
The Dovecotes formed at the beginning of 2015 after releasing Humdrum, an album of home recordings by Hugh Jepson (vocals, guitar) and Dustin Stallings (guitar). They quickly enlisted the help of their friends Forest Gallien (bass) and Lukas Schneider (drums) to perform live. Throughout the rest of the year the band focused on playing shows around the NW region, and recording new material with Victor Nash at Destination: Universe!. They released three EP’s (DoReMi, Quiet Heat, and Idle Time) as part of Victor’s Digital 7-inch project, each with an A/B single.
In the summer of 2016 The Dovecotes set out to record their second album, Humorless. Spending eight days at Miracle Lake Studios with producer Skyler Norwood (Talkdemonic, Blind Pilot, Point Juncture WA) the band recorded their most cohesive set of songs yet, channeling the complex pop sensibilities of old and new influences such as Blur, Elliott Smith, and Helvetia. Jepson, the primary songwriter, focused on trimming the songs down to their most necessary parts while keeping the chord progressions and arrangements dynamic and unpredictable, shaped around lyrical themes of personal loss and social anxiety.
Praise for The Dovecotes:
“The Dovecotes is one of the latest promising acts to come out of Portland’s thriving indie rock scene.” – Anna McClain (OPB Music)
“With a gentle Dirty Projectors-like vocal style but less aggressive rhythmic hooks, Dovecotes meander into musical outer space rather than rocket into the cosmos.” – Wi