Saturday, 2 May 2020

COUVER

BandCOUVER
GenresPunk / Rock / Hardcore / Grunge
Related artists?.
CountryVancouver, Washington U.S.A.
Years Active2017-present
Song: "RustyTitanium-TarnishedPalladium"
Album: "Evilution"
Year: 2019
For fans ofShadow People, Billy Talent, Black Flag and Slint.
Label(s): Tomb Tree Tapes
This post's artist is from the April 2020 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the April 2020 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2020 Mix#5 here.

COUVER is a gritty, snotty punk band that balances hard-rock/hardcore with some softer elements and clean singing, with Black Flag being the closest comparison I can come up with. They released the raw and drunken 'Evilution' a few months ago that features seven tracks of widely varying length. Opener "No One Won" fuses hardcore with hard rock, as they switch between raucous yellin' and gang vocals, sometimes isolated and others simultaneously, and is one of the heavier songs here. "Caring Lover" is sarcastic, warbly, and rock-driven with vocals that have an intoxicated charm at times, and are emitted as projectile vomit on occasion. The tracks strengthen with "Don't Tell Me That Romance Is Dead" that includes screaming over some nice licks and find further focus and groove on "Get Mike Laid", which I find myself singing after every listen. The vocals hereafter take on a bit of a snotty Billy Talent vibe which I dig, but with hoarser yelling and less screaming. The layered yelling vocals on track six are probably the hardest-hitting on the album, and closer "Rusty Titanium-Tarnished Palladium" is my favourite of the heavier songs. It sounds like it could have been on the radio in the nineties (save its 8:35 runtime) and intertwines more of the soft and heavy vocals, utilizing excellent bass, drums and guitars during the eerie verses.

Moving forward the band a strong grip on songwriting but I'd like to see them pin down a style and refine it, with my recommendations being the delivery of tracks 4, 5 and 7.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2017 - Garage Demos digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)
2017 - Fieldmines digital single (stream/buy here)

2018 - Présentez​-​vous digitalLP (stream/buy here)

2019 - Evilution cassetteLP (listen/buy here) [buy tape from ZBR distro in U.S.A. here or everywhere else here]

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(2019) COUVER - "Get Mike Laid" (from 'Evilution')

(2019) COUVER - "Rusty Titanium-Tarnished Palladium" (from 'Evilution')

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COUVER additional links

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