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Coves - Manchester 9 March 2015

No Looking Back’ really does encapsulate all that’s great about the music of Coves and of all the tunes on the Spectrum EP it’s this one that feels like it could be the bridge between their debut album Soft Friday ( named apparently after John Ridgard and Beck Wood’s tendency to get a little ‘wrecked’ every Friday..) and their second album which they’ll soon start work on. It’s beautiful, evocative, poetic, inspiring cinematic pop of some distinction. In fact if truth be told it makes us want to climb the highest mountain, bathe in the light of the brightest stars and give thanks that Coves exist.
The EP also contains another brand new tune titled ‘Twist’ a rather apt title given that it’s imbued with slightly more unorthodox sound than perhaps Coves are associated with. It’s a bewitching fusion of wonky twisting electronic new wave pop and proves that Coves are certainly not a band content to stay in their musical comfort zone. As well as previous single ‘Shot To The Wall’ the free Spectrum EP also boasts a fantastic five and half minute reworking of ‘No Ladder’ from their debut album,

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Towards the end of last year, this Gravesend four piece released two tracks for Brighton label Dead Fun that didn’t get anywhere near the attention they deserved. “A Song For Baron Willoughby” and “Wandwaver” didn’t stray to far from the skewed, frenetic machine-gun, garage punk that is Thee MVPs staple, its just that its the best its ever sounded. With the quality of the two tracks and the hints at the bands first full length, 2015 looks like it could be Thee MVPs year.

Its rare to find a band that can shape interesting, dynamic punk songs and still manage to bring the party. Its this level of craft behind the fun that sets them apart from those who simply want to hitch a ride on the Ty Segall nostalgia bandwagon.