Coves Debut Album 'Soft Friday' Out September 2; First Single "Beatings" + Lynchmob Remix Out Today
Praise From UK Media For Soft Friday:
“Their electro-garage-rock wall of sound imagines The Velvet Underground force-feeding hallucinogens to The Ronettes… cold-blooded revenge pop that strikes like a shard of shattered plate to the heart.” - 9/10 NME
“Borrowing from fellow Reed-acolytes TJAMC, Mazzy Star and The Raveonettes, the debut album from Midlands boy-girl duo Coves ticks all the right boxes - primal drumming, razor-sharp guitars and lyrics that blur the line between romantic obsession and narcotic dependency… very good indeed.” – 4/5 Q Magazine
“a terrific debut full of scuzzed-up guitars, dirty synths, nihilistic lyrics and Wood’s magnificently bored - although never boring – vocals.” – Uncut
“There’s bits of Mazzy Star in here, bits of the Velvet Underground and hints of the Jesus and Mary Chain… atmospheric, distinctive and very enjoyable.” - DIY
“Languid vocals, reverb-treated feedback, narcotized echoes of 1960s girl groups via the Jesus and Mary Chain… a gripping debut album.” – 4/5 Financial Times
UK duo Coves will release their anticipated debut album, Soft Friday, in North America on September 2, 2014. Today sees the release of lead single “Beatings,” along with a remix from Lynchmob, available on iTunes.
Coves spent the last 18 months quietly acquiring critical acclaim in the UK, with support from BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Nick Grimshaw and many more. Their scuzzy cover of Chris Isaak’s classic “Wicked Game” peaked at No. 1 on Hype Machine. Following a set at Latitude 2013 that found the band playing to a rammed and rapturous tent, they signed to Nettwerk Records. They released Soft Friday in the UK last month, and joined Band of Skulls on the road as support. Next week, they play The Great Escape festival on the NME Stage alongside Charlie XCX.
Basements hung with fairy lights, 60s tape reels spinning antique spools, drums dusted with white powder. Gritty riffs and psych rock washes slither beneath airy, blissed-blank Nico vocals spinning spectral tales of shattered romance. A beautifully ruined pair – he a leather-clad glowering guitar phantom, she a glacial, broken bombshell – blow glitter at each other through the flashes from old cameras.
This is the world of Coves, a classic psych-garage aesthetic vacuum-sealed forever in one time, one space. The space is Castle Grayskull, the live-in studio that musical mastermind John Ridgard helped build in a disused office in Leamington Spa and where their debut album was recorded. The time covers the duration of singer and lyricist Beck Wood's last big relationship, laid out in her songs from first flutter to final choke. Beck turned up at Castle Greyskull with wine and lyric sheets and the two would spend hazy evenings piecing her woes and vitriol around his acidic pop melodies. The results were swiftly spectacular.
Produced and mixed by Brendan Lynch (Primal Scream, Paul Weller), the 10-track album includes “Honeybee,” which was the first song Beck and John wrote together and arguably their most vicious, the sitar’n’synth psych-pop wonder “No Ladder” and the propulsive garage beauty “Cast A Shadow” (“that's about when I got back with him and all the frustration in the relationship,” says Beck).
Also on the album is the beguiling synthetic pound of “Last Desire” (“the actual end of that relationship. Once again. That was the 'done and dusted' song…”). “Beatings” marked the end of Beck’s lyrical journey through the wreckage of that relationship - “My heart stops beating for you,” she coos, finally shedding the heartache. It also marked the end of recording the album and Coves’ cruel but creative year at Castle Greyskull.
1. Fall out Of Love
4. Last Desire
5. Let The Sun Go
6. No Ladder
7. Cast A Shadow
8. Fool For Your Face
9. Bad Kick To The Heart
10. Wake Up
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