Nonpoint Cover Prince’s “When Doves Cry”


Nonpoint are known for their 2004 version of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” up there with the band’s own original hits as a fan favorite in their catalogue.

Can cover lightning strike twice for Nonpoint, a band who are notoriously hit and miss?

I’ll say this: it can come close. Their cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” — an oft-covered iconic classic — takes some artistic liberties with the arrangement, and that’s a good thing… they haven’t played it straight, adding some new harmonic choices to the mix. That said, I can’t say it’s WOWing me. But sure, it’s cool! Friendly pat on the butt from MetalSucks to Nonpoint.

Vocalist Elias Soriano explains that the fans chose this song for the band to cover:

“Our fans throughout the years have always had a quiet romance with the songs we like to cover. Seeing that our biggest showing in that category, our cover of Phil Collins’s ‘In The Air Tonight’, was a suggestion from a friend and fan of the band, we thought it only fitting we let all our fans have a chance to throw their hats in the ring this time. So in the middle of a global pandemic, we threw up a bracket-style voting tournament with a list of contenders from Metallica to DMX. As fans voted over a few weeks, it was exciting to watch it go from 16 songs to the final two, Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ vs Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’. When they chose Prince, the real work began. We went through version after version. We knew we had to do it justice in the biggest way we could as tribute to Prince and still make it Nonpoint. I’m happy to report from initial response among the few who have heard, it is exciting and we look forward to our fans singing it for years to come.”

Give “When Doves Cry” a spin below.

Nonpoint are currently out on the road after suffering through a trailer accident and a bout of Covid-19 infections. Remaining dates:

Sept. 28 – Johnson City, Tenn. @ Capones
Sept. 29 – Jacksonville, N.C. @ Hooligans
Sept. 30 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. @ House of Blues
Oct. 01 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle
Oct. 02 – Destin, Fla. @ Club LA
Oct. 10 – Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee

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