Meet Your New Indie-Rock Obsession: The Covasettes
The impact a good indie-rock band can have is insane — bands like The Fratellis, Walk The Moon, and Grouplove are of such a high caliber that it takes a lot to mimic their in-your-face, anthemic, utterly addictive nature.
Manchester-based band The Covasettes skyrocket to this level of indie-rock superiority with ease on their debut EP, It’s Always Sunny Above The Clouds, featuring four rich repeat-ready anthems.
“It feels great to finally release our debut EP,” lead vocalist Chris Buxton tells The Music Mermaid. “It’s been almost a year in the making and the reaction so far has been huge!” It’s fitting that Chris says it feels great — It’s Always Sunny Above The Clouds isn’t just a feel-good record. It’s a feel-great record. It thrums with attention and energy, touched by the sun.
It’s Always Sunny opens with “Twit Twoo,” a contender from the get-go for summer anthem of the year. It’s explosive, a steady, pulsing track powered by percussion and lax vocal delivery. Every second of it is material for obsession. This mark — the mark of total addiction — quickly comes through as The Covasettes’ signature. Soon, it’s clear that every release from The Covasettes will be grown out of the band’s brilliance in knowing when eruptions should be planted and when comedowns are needed. On “You & I,” the guys bring a sweet surf-rock vibe to listeners, layered by wistful guitar and bass jiving and sunny melodic lines. The instrumental solo here is killer, but that’s unsurprising coming from a band comprised of powerhouses.
“Let’s Go” is also built on some beachy rhythm sections, rich with tearful guitar riffs and percussive pounds. It’s Always Sunny Above The Clouds ends with “Fine Lines,” one of the most hook-laden tracks off the EP, but also the most tender. It’s not as obviously energetic or anthemic as the others — there’s a sweetness to it, a vulnerability in the vocals and some of the softer instrumental cues — but it’s still The Covasettes we’re dealing with here, so it’s quick-paced and warm. On their debut EP, The Covasettes deliver a collection of vivid singalong anthems that better find them living side-by-side household names in the scene — it would be a crime for them not to take over the world.
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Featured photo of The Covasettes by Ianthe Warlow