What Comes Next? Doe Talk Blood Pacts and Tour Plans For 2019

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Andrew Northrop

Over the last year we’ve been fortunate enough to speak with some awesome up and coming bands about some of our favourite albums of the year. But we wanted more. MORE!

So, as the end of 2018 drew ever closer, we decided to find out how they’ve been doing since we initially caught up with them and what they’ve got planned for the year ahead.

After checking in with Tali Källström of Estrons, Goat Girl guitarist Ellie, Bristol punks Lice, Welsh psych-pop heroes HMS Morris, and Auckland power-pop legends-to-be the Beths we’re rounding things off by having a chat with indie-rockers Doe, who released ‘Grow Into It’ back in September.

What have you been up to since the album landed? I know you had a UK tour lined up to support it. How did that go?

Jake Popyura [drums]: It was really great and wholesome, we got treated very well, every show was a lot of fun. When things go well it doesn’t make for very exciting answers, sorry about that!

Nicola Leel [vocalist and guitarist]: We went to Europe on our lonesome first, packed into our Mondeo listening to Iron Maiden speeding down the Autobahn like the true dads we are. The UK tour was with Speedy Ortiz who we have loved for a very long time—pleased to report they are not only a great band but very nice people.  

Are you currently working on a follow up to 'Grow Into It'? Or are you more focused on touring to support it at the moment?

Leel: Hell no! It just came out, we’re looking forward to playing it a lot more live and milking it for all it’s worth.

Will the next record be with Big Scary Monsters again?

Dean Smithers [guitarist]: Considering we signed our names in blood I’d say yes—they take what they do VERY seriously.

Popyura: They wouldn’t sign their part of the deal until we’d all cut off an ear.

What have been your best band moments and memories of the year? Please let us know all the lovely details.

Smithers: We did an overnight illegal park in Saarbrücken, Germany and this one dude called the promoter—who told us we could park there—a “three times asshole”, which is arguably the best insult I’ve ever heard.

Leel: Me and  Jake have the angry note he left on our fridge now. Booze Cruise Festival in Hamburg in June was a great experience, from the moment we arrived at the airport to a sign with our name on it to the moment we sipped our last Fritz Cola.

Oh and when we played in Belgium recently we were like ‘ffs every person in this room is a man’, then at the exact moment we started playing these two super cute girls came in and came straight to the front. I was so pleased to see them and they were so pleased to be there and we had some great banter then got a cute lil pic together after.

Popyura: We played SXSW for the second time. We did seven shows I think? Including one in a genuine Texas backyard with free beer. Austin is such a good city and I’m so glad we got a chance to go back and do SX all over again.

What are the band's plans for 2019?

Popyura: We have some touring plans in the works for both sides of the pond that are like 99% sorted but the 1% of uncertainty means I can’t really go into much detail. Oh we’re playing Washed Out Fest in Brighton, that’s 100% happening!

Any resolutions for the new year?

Leel: I really want to learn German, I’ve been saying it for about two years but 2019 is THE YEAR. That’s kind of a band one too—I always badly attempt to speak it when we play there, but next time all of our German audiences will be dazzled.

Smithers: I wanna finally lose all of my hair so I can fully commit to the bald look.

Popyura: I want to lose all my hair whilst learning German.

Doe Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu February 14 2019 - BRISTOL Exchange
Fri February 15 2019 - OXFORD Wheatsheaf
Sat February 16 2019 - MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
Sun February 17 2019 - GLASGOW Broadcast
Mon February 18 2019 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Tue February 19 2019 - LONDON Victoria

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