3rd: “Now I’m Going” by The Doups
Our third Song of Christmas comes from The Doups.
The Doups are a Portuguese indie/rock band formed in 2007 in Setúbal, Portugal. The band consists of João Rodrigues (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Nuno Cunha (lead guitar and back vocals), Gustavo Andrade (bass guitar) and André Rosa (drums and percussion).
After concentrating on writing good tracks as well as fine tuning their live show, 2009 became a busy year for the band. The year saw The Doups win best regional garage band quickly followed by an invitation to record a mini album in Southern Studios in London with Producer Harvey Birrell (Dananananaykroyd, Johnny Foreigner, The Buzzcocks). While tracks were still being mixed The Doups entered into the Supajam “Fast track to Heineken FIB” Competition with over 900 other bands across Europe and over 1600 tracks. Seen only as a way to get heard, The Doups were surprised to first get into the Top 40. The band was announced as TOP 5 finalists and flown to London to play a show with 4 other bands in front of a packed house at the Pigalle Club and 7 music industry Judges, finishing as “runners up”.
Shortly after the concert in London, The Doups embarked on a promotional FNAC tour of Portugal and were asked to play the Rockone Festival supporting the Offspring. “Try, Lie, Die, Whatever” the track which secured them Top 5 in the Supajam Competition was released on itunes by Supajam followed by their debut EP “Six O..clock Shadow” containing a different version of “Try, Lie, Die, Whatever”. This received both national and international radioplay and The Doups ended their year supporting Franz Ferdinand at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon. Surprisingly, The Doups remain an unsigned band.
2010 saw The Doups’ 2nd single and videoclip: “Now I’m Going”, being released as a gift to the fans (free download).
2011 looks good already, The Doups will do an European Tour and a late 2011 debut album release.
Keep your eyes posted for some great news about dates coming up.
This song, along with all of the 12 Songs of Christmas are only downloadable through the 7th of January, 2011.