Following up their 2016 debut EP, ‘We Were Once Lost’, Kent heavy crew Cove have focused more on collaboration for sophomore offering, ‘A Conscious Motion’: “There is a little piece of everyone in each song, something we didn’t have before. This has definitely broadened our sound; we’ve explored new dynamics and opened new doors. Cove is a group of individuals who make honest music for themselves not based on current trend or flavour of the month.”
With new vocalist Ben Shorten steering the ship, the upcoming EP is a must for fans of While She Sleeps, Architects, Devil Sold His Soul and British heaviness in general. The band declare: “We get bored of being compared to sounding like other bands – we wrote to sound like Cove.” With the record scheduled for release on March 23, the alternative hardcore/metalcore quintet are here to give a greater insight into what can be expected from it…
This was the last track to be written for the EP. The song went through multiple variations before we “Frankensteined” it into what it is now, experimenting with a few different structures before we settled on the final version.
After talking through lyrical ideas, we knew we wanted to do something different to what we had done before, in terms of lyrical inspiration, and also, the delivery and style of the vocals.
The track has a very eerie tone to it, something we had never done before, and was a great chance to explore Ben (Shorten, vocalist)’s clean singing, which we had spoken about prior to recording this.
It has all the elements that we had wanted to push further, so we felt like it was a great song for a first single, we kind of threw everyone into the deep end with it.
‘Solis’ is definitely a song that is very special to us. It was the first song to feature Ben on vocals and was a turning point for the band. We had written ‘Solis’ and ‘All I Believe’ around the same time with a group of other tracks, but these two were the strongest and made the cut.
We knew we wanted to take what we had done on our last EP and amplify it, make it sound bigger, and write more chorus-based songs, as opposed to four minutes of riffs and screaming.
We had spoken before about trying to include more melody in our music, and this track really bridges the gap between the roots of the band and what we are trying to achieve now.
‘ALL I BELIEVE’
‘All I Believe’ is a song about self-reflection, being able to look at the good and the dark parts of yourself, recognise them and accept them. The song was written at the same time as ‘Solis’, and is probably the softest number we have in our catalogue so far, but still packs a punch.
We had demoed the track before, but slightly changed it instrumentally when it came to recording the real thing, the only thing that didn’t change was the lyrics. The first time we heard the lyrics for this song from Ben, we were all stoked about them, in particular, the first verse with the intimate clean singing.
This track was also written in the mindset of we wanted, which was to write more dynamic songs, with the quiet, melodic parts being really gentle, and the heavy parts blowing your head off.
We’ve always been a fan of interludes/intros into songs on records. We wanted to write something that breaks up the EP and can also be used in our live set.
On ‘A Conscious Motion’, it’s the first time we’ve used more than one tuning, so having ‘Host’ to be able to play live whilst we change tunings makes our live shows a lot more seamless.
‘Reflect:Resolve’ is our most collaborative effort to date. The track has parts written by everyone in the band and draws lyrical influence from every member. The main riff had been written for a while, but once we had taken it to the rehearsal room, guitarist Ben Brazier came up with the end section.
We’re all fans of different styles of music, in particular, post-rock, which definitely has a strong influence on the end of this song.
The track was inspired by the imagery of ashes drifting through the air from a fire, that’s where the lyrics “drag me through burning ashes” originated from, and deals with the themes of what happens to us after death, in particular, the choices we make in what we want to happen with our bodies once we have died.
In the lead-up to the EP’s release, the quintet are focusing their energies on the road, having recently played with SikTh and Black Coast, and currently supporting Feed The Rhino on their UK headline tour.
“We want to be a band that even if you don’t like heavy music, you walk away from seeing us thinking, “Fuck me, that was good,” the band assert, and you do not want to miss them.
COVE ARE CURRENTLY SUPPORTING FEED THE RHINO ON THEIR UK HEADLINE TOUR. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
COVE WILL ALSO PLAYING AT THIS YEAR’S PILE UP FESTIVAL IN YORK ON JUNE 23.
‘A CONSCIOUS MOTION’, THE SECOND EP FROM THE BAND, WILL BE RELEASED ON MARCH 23.
MORE INFO ON COVE CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: wearecove.com