Sept. 24 — Nonpoint is bringing renewed attention to a classic song from the late great singer-songwriter Prince.
The band premiered its cover of Prince’s classic song, ‘When Doves Cry‘ Friday. The band’s brings new life and identity to the song. Where Prince’s original is a full-on 80s-influenced song in its arrangement, Nonpoint’s rendition takes the song’s lyrics (which seem to present a subject who is talking to another about their broken relationship) into full account with the mood and energy that it establishes.
The brooding approach to the verses do well to help translate the pain and frustration felt by the song’s subject while the choruses bring that frustration and pain to a peak each time. That emotion is heightened through the song’s overall instrumentation, enhancing the song’s presentation even more.
Front man Elias Soriano talked about the band’s take on the song in a prepared statement.
“Our fans throughout the years have always had a quiet romance with the songs we like to cover,” the statement reads. “Seeing that our biggest showing in that category, our cover of Phil Collins ‘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.”
In other news, the band is continuing its current tour, which was recently slowed by a pair of COVID-19 diagnoses and a traffic incident that saw the band lose a trailer holding its gear. The band posted a video this week, showing everything that it has gone through recently.
While the band has suffered some setbacks, it has not allowed these recent issues to halt its tour. The band has issued a statement on its recent bad luck streak and assured audiences that its tour will continue. The band’s statement is noted below.
“If someone hadn’t been filming when it all happened, people probably wouldn’t believe it,” singer Elias Soriano says about the band’s most taxing and obstacle-filled week in years. You thought it couldn’t get worse than 2020 and dealing with COVID? How about watching your trailer full of gear roll off into a Tennessee forest at 75 mph? Watch the video update to see the full story, then visit http://www.nonpoint.com for the chance to purchase an exclusive design to help with offsetting shortfalls and damage from the band’s brush with COVID as well as the accident with their trailer.”
In related news, one member of the band’s 361 Degrees fan base has launched a GoFundMe page to help the band cover the costs of replacing its damaged equipment and other costs. The page had raised more than $6,200 as of Friday. Donations can be made through the page here.
In more related news, the band is — as noted — continuing its tour. That is because as Soriano reveals in the video, most of the band’s gear survived the incident. The band’s upcoming dates, including re-scheduled dates, are noted below.
Nonpoint Tour Dates:
9/28/2021 Johnson City, TN Capones
9/29/2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
9/30/2021 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues w/ Seether
10/1/2021 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle w/ Seether
10/2/2021 Destin, FL Club LA
10/3/2021 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
10/5/2021 Tulsa, OK Vanguard
10/6/2021 Lubbock, TX Jakes
10/7/2021 El Paso, TX The Rock House
10/8/2021 Tucson, AZ Encore
10/10/2021 Phoenix, AZ Marquee w/ Seether
10/12/2021 Colorado Springs, CO Sunshine Studios
10/13/2021 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
10/14/2021 Iowa City, IA Wildwood
The following shows have been rescheduled to the following dates in 2022:
1/7/2022 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
1/8/2022 Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
1/9/2022 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
1/11/2022 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/12/2022 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
1/14/2022 Hampton Beach, NH @ Wallys
1/15/2022 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
1/16/2022 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
1/18/2022 Charleston, WV @ Rock City Bake Company
1/19/2022 Charlotte, NC @ Amos
1/20/2022 Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
Nonpoint will be appearing at ShipRocked January 22-27, 2022
More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at: