“We want to touch people’s hearts, but kick them in the shins as well” – meet The Covelles, one of Manchester’s best up and coming bands. They’ve got just one track online, ‘Don’t Ever Say’, a catchy concoction of rolling drums reverbing riffs, distinctive vocals, and sharp lyrics. The track propelled them into support slots with Wild Belle, Swim Deep, and Jaws despite it being early days in their nascent career.
On April 6th they’ll be playing the next Clash Magazine Issue Launch at Soup Kitchen in Manchester in support of London’s hugely tipped Teleman. Tickets for the show are only £7 and there’ll be free copies of the new issue at the venue before they hit the shelves nationwide. So what have The Covelles got in store for us? We have a brief chat with the band to find out…
How did you all get together?
We've all known each other for years and grown to be the people we are now from bouncing off each other. That what makes us gel so well. It started when we were about 15 and we used to take over local pubs, gather in crowds of about 30 and settle in whichever boozer would serve us.
How would you describe your sound?
I'd say there's a lot of the energy captured in our sound. But at the same time there's the calming reverb soaked guitars twinkling in and out. We want to touch people’s hearts but kick them in the shins as well.
What can we expect from your live show?
A raw, from the heart, portrayal of what we believe in – and a right good piss up.
What's your manifesto?
We aim to liberate people of their responsibilities and to promote spontaneity, where events aren't about the spectacle but about total participation. As a band our music has been created for the moment, the interaction and the passion. We urge people to drop all responsibilities and make the fucking most of it.
Have you got any tricks up your sleeve for the gig?
We've ran out of rabbits, so no.
What's Manchester's scene like at the moment?
It's bubbling. Nothing major has happened for a while, not since Wu Lyf, but you can feel Manchester is on the cusp of an eruption. It has the potential to kick off.
What does the future hold?
It's not about the future, it's about here and now. The future is unclear, but what happens now will be the foundations of what's to come, so we're going to make the most of it.
Where does Don’t Ever Say come from?
It's knowing your right, with no physical evidence. It's about not taking responsibility for something you haven't done. 'Don't ever say I let you go' is the fury of saying don't blame me. I'm not to blame.
Words by Simon Butcher