Coves To Support Band Of Skulls; Album Out March 31 In UK
Coves are thrilled to announce that they will be joining Band of Skulls on their UK tour in March 2014. Their highly anticipated debut album Soft Friday is released on Nettwerk Records in the UK on March 31, 2014 (North American release date tbd).
Coves have spent the last 18 months quietly acquiring critical acclaim and support from BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Nick Grimshaw, 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Don Letts and Radcliffe and Maconie and XFM’s John Kennedy, to name but a few. Their scuzzy cover of Chris Isaak’s haunting classic "Wicked Game" peaked at No. 1 on the Hype Machine last year and has since been used to advertise ‘The White Queen’ drama series across BBC’s networks. In September, they signed with Nettwerk Records and in November they released "Beatings," the first single to be taken from their debut album Soft Friday.
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.
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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. And 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. “It was a frustrating time,” says Beck, “so I was trying to voice my anger. It’s about heartache and revenge. I was freshly single so, right, let’s get the knives out.”
Coves have risen quietly, but elegantly. They have toured with Echo and the Bunnymen, Dutch Uncles and Eugene McGuinness and had their track ‘No Ladder’ remixed by new psych heroes Toy. Following a set at Latitude 2013 that found the band playing to a rammed and rapturous tent, they signed to the resurgent Nettwerk Records.
Cue the November release of ‘Beatings’, an icy slab of unearthly Americana mixed by Brendan Lynch (Primal Scream, Paul Weller) to concoct a masterful fusion of Lynchian desert menace and modernist electronic crankiness. It’s a demented energy that Brendan, on mixing and additional production, has brought to the whole album. “We specifically asked Brendan to do whatever he wanted,” says John, “so he’s gone really crazy with all these echoes, and tape delays, he’s making it a lot more psychedelic. We’d just bought a big old Hammond organ, an old seventies synth. So this is like a big organ synth wig-out.”
The 10-track album is just 40 minutes long and includes the propulsive garage beauty ‘Cast A Shadow’, which will be the band’s next single, released on 10th March.
Ahead of the band’s UK tour with Band of Skulls (details of which are below), Coves will be seeing in 2014 with a show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on 8th January.
Band of Skulls Tour Dates
23rd March Met Uni Leeds
24th March QMU Glasgow
25th March Ritz Manchester
28th March Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
29th March Rock City Nottingham