Even without hearing any lyrics, the sequence of the sprightly guitar riff just puts you in a positive mood, and there’s an instant, unquestionable likeability about the single.
In student town Fallowfield, near Manchester, a group of lads crossed paths and made a pivotal decision to form a group – that decision has led to The Covasettes delighting students (and many others) across Manchester, playing almost all the venues in the city. It’s becoming more the norm for a group to encounter fans on the road, before gathering them after music has been released. In line with this, they have also played some other Northern cities within the past 12 months, including Sunderland and Newcastle, and appeared at last month’s The Rum 100 Festival. The Covasettes are Chris Buxton on lead vocals & guitar, Matt Hewlett on lead guitars & vocals, Jamie McIntyre who plays bass and also sings, and rounding up the lineup, the other Matt (Matt Buckley) on drums and percussion. They had a feeling now’s the time to reveal what they’ve been working on in the studio, and aside from one demo, they’ve finally put out their debut single ‘This Feeling’. Disclaimer: not to be confused with the class music promoters.
A person coming across the band for the first time could easily presume it’s the third, fourth, perhaps even the tenth single The Covasettes have released – my point is you would think the band have been around for a while and achieved much commercial success already, with the quality of the track’s slick production. Although the structure and overall feel of ‘This Feeling’ are aligned with the approach other indie bands take on their songs, it still carves its own original sound and is extremely radio-friendly. You can see it slotting in effortlessly into the playlist of a Radio 1 show, and the charming character the track has makes it appealable to fans outside the traditional alternative music demographic.
With a click, the jangling electrical guitar intro puts ‘This Feeling’ on the right foot straight away. Even without hearing any lyrics, the sequence of the sprightly guitar riff just puts you in a positive mood, and there’s an instant, unquestionable likeability about the single. Indie pop is a sub-genre usually with the intention to make you feel good, and their single is extremely feelgood. Clever metaphorical lyrics, especially in the chorus, such as ‘you roll me up and smoke me, down until you’re high’, jump out at you and stick into your head, along with the rest of ‘This Feeling’s groovy, infectious instrumental hooks. The Covasettes have created an attention-grabbing, divine indie number, and is a memorable debut release from the band.
I bet you’re rearing at the bit to tune your ears into the goodness of The Covasettes – luckily for you ‘This Feeling’ was released at the end of September, making it available to buy and stream right now.