DOVES with MY MORNING JACKET at the Kool Haus (132 Queen's Quay East), Monday (September 9), 9 pm. $22. 416-870-8000.
It's tempting to plug the Doves into the continuum of legendary Manchester bands captured in the recent film 24 Hour Party People.
Like Factory greats the Happy Mondays and New Order, the trio seem to have one foot in dance-floor euphoria and the other on the big stage, cranking out oddly stadium-worthy epics.
Just check the triumphant, swaggering house thump that runs through Doves' spring single There Goes The Fear and the handful of remixes that have followed it.
The group's second disc, The Last Broadcast, is a decidedly Manchester-ish album, with nods to the Smiths, Stone Roses and the puffed-up pop grandeur of Oasis. There's also plenty of the gloom and rain of the north, with gospel choirs and handclaps providing the requisite uplifting moments. It all feels terribly familiar, but in the best kind of way.
"We feel like we're just establishing our sound two albums in," says drummer Andy Williams. "That's hard. Music made in this city has such a massive character and a history, especially for people from Manchester. You obviously don't want to copy it, but there's also something in you that doesn't want to let it down."