Coves Peel on LP
Coves released their debut album Soft Friday in March 2014 to critical acclaim. Now they're back with the 2016 follow-up Peel. "The transition between Leamington and London," Beck Wood says of the themes that emerged for Peel, "how our life is now compared to then, the journey, fallouts between friends, the growth you have in life. We were on a rollercoaster of living the life of professional touring musicians and then going back to the day job."
When their touring schedule wound up in March 2015, Beck ran into producer Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar). Keen to work with the band, he took the home recordings that Beck and musical mastermind John Ridgard had made during "red wine holidays" at the latter's East London spare room studio to Studio Voltaire in Clapham and honed the pop side until it was as sharp as their psychedelic garage edge. The result was a second album, completed in October 2015 and due for release on 1965 Records in March 2016 that's cleaner, harder and just as fiery as ever.
First single "Stormy," has Beck declaring "you see nothing but thunder in my stormy eyes" over a slab of prime Coves road trip Americana. Fans of Beck's savage snipes won't be disappointed. The '60s disco garage tune "You're Evil" is aimed at "people that I used to know who shat on my dreams or were two faced," while "I Don't Care" is a primal howl of misanthropy.
The album isn't an all-out bitch-fest, though. "It's split between fury and misery," Beck explains. For instance, the grandiose space rocker "I'm Not Here" is, according to John, "a real depression song; when the wheels fall off and the plans come apart at the seams." "To The Sea" is their "Everyday Is Like Sunday," a musical trip to Whitley Bay – "the saddest place I've ever been," says John – while "Tripping Over Lust" finds Beck telling an abusive partner "why don't you go cry me a sea so I can sail away on it." Malicious melancholy at its most barbed.