photo by Jason Hargis
Chris Charlton vocals/guitar
Kevin Schmidt bass/vocals
Drew Bogner drums/vocals
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Devised Without A Plan
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Covington's debut album, Devised Without A Plan, will be released this November 15th. Fans of tense, muscular punk and rock will be slobbering all over this disc when it finally hits the streets.
The culmination of nearly two years of hard work in the studio writing and recording, the album is an exercise in control. The band slaved away, battling several setbacks prior to its completion. They were halfway through tracking when the studio they were working at closed its doors. Like true friends, they waited for the dust to settle from the construction of Tiberiusí own beloved Candyland Studios to begin again from scratch.
The results of time spent and re-spent are mesmerizing. Bognerís drums crush, urgent, yet precise. Schmidtís bass thunders along, deep and fervently pulsing. Chris Charltonís guitar lines weave in and out of the hammering rhythms laid down by his band mates to steer the tunes to careening highs and lows. The songs nearly burst off of the disc, pushing, pulling and building tension before exploding. The music calls to mind bands like Pegboy, Hot Water Music, Jawbox, and Someday I with its uncompromising mix of melody, off-kilter song structures and solid musicianship.
Although this is their first proper release, the band has been hashing out their songs for the last few years around the Midwest, with their first recorded work appearing on last yearís Organelle compilation (Tiberius/Save Your Servant/State Bird). The featured track, "Six Months Strong", hinted at the depth, song-craft, and raw power this three-piece possesses. Devised delivers the rest of the goods.
Prior to Covington, Kevin, Chris and Drew were three of the four founding members of the Cincinnati instrumental band Ampline. Although they cut their teeth playing music with no lyrics, they all sing this time around. It ainít Peter, Paul and Mary, but their voices blend and buoy each other about as good as three guys playing punk rock ever could or should.
Ignore the album title: this record has been thought, re-thought and absolutely poured over. Covington has done what so few bands can; convey on tape what they hear in their heads.
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