Today sees Kent heavy quintet Cove announce their sophomore EP A Conscious Motion, which will be self-released on March 23rd 2018. With a chosen title that means something different to each member, guitarist Pete Woolven explains his own interpretation as concerning “conscious change, making a personal journey”. With change in mind, the band decided to be more hands-on for their follow-up to 2016’s ‘We Were Once Lost’, interweaving the lyrical content into the artwork and ensuring nothing is lost in translation by creating it themselves. “We’ve always been fairly hands-on and are happier with a DIY approach to artwork. It’s something we feel puts more of a personal stamp on what we have created,” explains Woolven.

The band, completed by Jack Bowdery on Drums, Charlie Smith on Bass, Ben Brazier on Guitar and new vocalist Ben Shorten, are also now streaming single ‘Coincide:Collide’ here, following on from Sunday’s premiere on the Radio 1 Rock Show. Woolven explains that it is “probably our most different track, we really wanted to do something that set us apart from the current trend of bands in UK at the moment”. It is the second track to be taken from the forthcoming EP, with summer release ‘Solis’ (here) acting as an introduction to Shorten and the band explaining: “Solis has elements from the past release but also combines the more anthemic and bigger sound we’re going for this time around. Ben has been an important part of the band, even before he actually joined, having been our friend and sound engineer. He has definitely brought new things to the table, from another person helping to structure and piece together songs, to also exploring different musical dynamics with his voice.”

Revisiting Hidden Track Studios to work again with Oz Craggs, the band’s focus for A Conscious Motion was collaboration: “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 flavor of the month.” Reaching new depths, the EP covers themes such as “losing someone to illness; diving deep inside your soul to the things you detest about yourself and learning to recognise them and accept them.” A must for fans of While She Sleeps, Architects, Devil Sold His Soul and British heaviness in general, Cove declares: “We got bored of being compared to sounding like other bands – we wrote to sound like Cove.”

Now out of the studio, the quintet are focusing their energies on the road, with dates alongside Sikth and Feed The Rhino in the diary. “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 asserts – you do not want to miss them.

Supporting Sikth:
02/03 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms

Supporting Feed The Rhino:
02/20 – Bristol, The Exchange
02/21 – Exeter, The Cavern
02/22 – Southampton, The Joiners
02/23 – London, The Underworld
02/24 – Norwich, Owl Sanctuary
02/27 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
02/28 – Newcastle, Think Tank
02/01 – Glasgow, G2
03/02 – Manchester, Rebellion
03/03 – Birmingham, The Flapper
06/23 – York, Fibbers – Pile Up Fest

Cove self-release A Conscious Motion on 03/23/18.

1. Coincide:Collide
2. Solis
3. All I Believe
4. Host
5. Reflect:Resolve

Eternal nineties metal kid from London with a penchant for extreme music and HM-2 clamour. My first-ever gig at the age of sixteen was Napalm Death, At The Gates and Crowbar - a baptism of fire that set in stone a lifelong love of metal and general noisiness. Writing for numerous online publications over the years (including Broken Amp and Cvlt Nation) has now led me to V13 where the adventure will surely continue!