Kovax – If There Was Ever Any Doubt

Since emerging around the time 2015 turned into its successor, UK outfit Kovax has been busy creating and earning a potent reputation for their alternative rock nurtured sound. Now they release If There Was Ever Any Doubt, a debut EP which suggests busy will become hectic as the Leeds hailing quartet awakens the ears of national attention and more.

Musically, the band sits creatively between the likes of Japanese Fighting Fish, Black Peaks, Refused, and Reuben and as for so many, they caught our ears with the release of their two track debut single Godot soon after coming to light. It was an offering drenched in potential now boldly realised within their first EP; an ear pleasing enterprise which If There Was Ever Any Doubt pushes to new imagination. Since that first encounter, Kovax has released its successor in Monkeys to a similarly potent welcome and shared stages with the likes of Youth Man, I Cried Wolf, and Nova Hands across the UK. Last December, Pete Freeth, Joe Phillips, Isaac Turner, and Dan Hey entered the studio to record If There Was Ever Any Doubt, its release in May surrounded by the band’s ever busy live exploit.

Breathe starts things off, the song instantly dousing ears in a tide of melody infused riffs as Freeth’s distinctive voice provides an expressive growl to already appetising proceedings. Dropping into mellower moments with keen hooks the track continues to grab attention, the calm leading to rousing crescendos which seem to become more inflamed with every outburst. With rhythms commanding and backing vocals eager, there is little escape from the song’s temptation, its more tempestuous air adding greater bait to devour before Atlas strolls through calmer waters. It is a restrained climate though still holding a volatile air in its surroundings, shadows which at times ignite with punkish tenacity and energy around equally controlled vocals and melodic persuasion.

It is a strong back-up to the impressive start to If There Was Ever Any Doubt but both tracks are eclipsed by the final pair with Waves first up. From its great nagging lure of riffs to its imposing rhythms and striking vocal dexterity, the irresistible encounter has ears and imagination enslaved.  There is mischief in its voice and hooks, devilment in its boisterous interplay of textures with even the more controlled moments having their own strain of punk fuelled enterprise; a mix which simply leaves a greed for more.

Final track Kennel is not slow in satisfying the hunger, its voracious collusion of angular hooks and spiky riffs aligning with grumbling rhythms and a theatre of voice amidst calmer suggestion. It all makes for an almost schizophrenic tapestry of sound and enterprise driven by a similarly volatile energy and invention. As its predecessor, the track rigorously impresses. The two tracks are easily the finest proposals from Kovax to date backed by another pair which do not lag behind on infectious invention and creative zeal either.

Their first two singles suggested big things could be on the horizon from Kovax, their debut EP confirms it but with the promise of even broader success ahead of them if they continue in the inventive and compelling vein of If There Was Ever Any Doubt.

If There Was Ever Any Doubt is out now on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/if-there-was-ever-any-doubt-ep/id1219359665 and other online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 09/05/2017

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Kovax – Godot

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The bio of British alternative/noise rock band Kovax states that the band “started in late 2015 as an itch that couldn’t be scratched, as music in the back of the mind that couldn’t be ignored.” It is an essence of nagging which also infests the listener we can knowledgeably announce now having been enjoyably compromised by the Leeds hailing quartet’s debut single, Godot. The two track release is a persistence of sound and character which leaves a lingering imprint on thoughts and psyche after providing a rousing, slightly psychotic adventure for ears.

Formed last year, but officially launched early 2016 through a four day tour following a few secret shows, Kovax quickly makes an attention grabbing impact with their debut single. Suggestions are that their ferociously dynamic sound is for fans of Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, and Fightstar but imagine the raw energy of Reuben, the confrontational roar of early Therapy?, and the off-kilter punk maelstrom of a cross between Damn Vandals and Them Wolves, and you get nearer to the mark of the band’s gripping offering and the broadness of their sound.

Both mastered by Bob Cooper and recorded at Rec and Play Studios and with Harry Scott (Treason Kings) respectively, the two songs making up the band’s introduction need little time to make a strong impression. Godot opens with an instantly contagious hook which lays its swift bait, takes a moment’s breath, and then returns bigger and bolder with equally hungry rhythms and punk spawned riffs for company. Once in full stride, the track stalks the senses with the sonic feistiness of guitarists Pete Freeth and Dan Hey orchestrating the predation whilst the lead vocals, which we guess as being from Freeth, make a volatile conductor for this maelstrom of energy and aggression enjoyably igniting ears. It is soon realised though, that unpredictability is an equally potent key to the band’s sound, that shown by clean harmonies embracing a smouldering passage further coloured by the predatory tones of Joe Phillips’ bass strings and the niggly incitement of Isaac Turner’s sticks. It all adds up to making the track as enthralling as it is intrusively exhilarating. The web of ideas and sounds involved appear bedlamic at times but are bred with striking imagination and an instinctive volatility which only has the intent of turning on the body and emotions.

The accompanying Marigolds is maybe even more deranged in its nature and concussive tapestry of sound but just as superbly sculpted with ravenous energy and inventive twists for another virulent trespass of ears and an increasingly eager appetite. Once more there is a collusion of varied and at times contrasting textures with raw voracious sounds, as well as unexpected slips into melodic detours and explosive challenges to fascinate and thrill from start to finish.

Both songs invade and remain tapping into the psyche after their physical departure; an intimidation which only leaves a hunger for more. Godot is a mighty first listen to Kovax and a hint that we might just be getting in on the ground floor of something special with it.

Godot is out now and available as a free download @ http://www.musicglue.com/kovaxtheband/products/godot—free-download/

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Pete RingMaster 16/02/2016

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