Coves Announce U.S. Dates Supporting The Raveonettes; Debut Album 'Soft Friday' Out Sept 2
“..they have us in the palms of their hands… ‘Beatings’ is a highlight, a wail of white noise-guitar and fuzz bass, with Wood a swirling shadow before bleaching bright lights, singing “my heart stops beating for you” like a modern-day Nico…They’re twice the band they were a year ago. It’s exciting to think where they might be in another 12 months.” – NME 8/10 Live Review (May 2014)
Coming off of a stellar performance at Brighton’s The Great Escape festival, UK duo Coves have announced their live Stateside debut this September as support for The Raveonettes, starting September 22 in San Francisco and hitting Santa Ana (9/23), Los Angeles (9/24), Chicago (9/26), two nights in Brooklyn (9/29, 9/30) and DC (10/1). They’ll also stop in Cincinnati to play the MidPoint Music Festival on September 27. All dates are listed below. Coves’ debut album Soft Friday, which was released in the UK in March to rave reviews, will be available on September 2 in North America.
Watch The Video For “Beatings” Here:
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 their debut album Soft Friday on March 31 in the UK, and supported the release by joining Band of Skulls on the road.
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.
Tour Dates (supporting The Raveonettes)
Mon, Sept 22 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
Tue, Sept 23 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Wed, Sept 24 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
Fri, Sept 26 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Sat, Sept 27 Cincinnati @ MidPoint Music Fest*
Mon, Sept 29 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tue, Sept 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed, Oct 1 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
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