With only four months left of the year, it's easy to get lost amongst the countless new releases and tours announced every week. A taste of new music has been a long-time coming from Adelaide's melodic hardcore outfit Coves who, after two years, released their new EP Dying Light on July 1st.
Following these new tunes, the boys spent the past 9 days driving across the countryside embarking on their first national tour with Melbourne's Incentives and NSW's Diamond Construct. Concluding their tour with arguably the best city in Australia (Adelaide, of course), Coves graced the Bluebee Room floor Sunday night with special guests Better Half and Set The Score.
Running awfully late, it was a miraculous gift to arrive just as Better Half kicked off their first ever Adelaide show. Better Half are new to the scene but no strangers to Australian music as the band consists of Belle Haven and Set The Score members. With tracks reminiscent to Basement, Harbours and Movements, the band solidified their place in the industry, killing a short set of released tunes Mourn and Reasons to Leave, as well as premiering tracks soon to be released. Tight, alternative pop punk songs with heavy melodic riffs, Better Half definitely hold a promising future.
With the impressive announcement as the support acts for Mayday Parade and Moose Blood, Set The Score were next for their Adelaide debut. Concluding a recent tour, the Melbourne pop punk group threw what can only be defined as a pop punk set. Definitely pop, definitely punk, not bad, but not amazing - an unfortunate plague (in my opinion) of this genre. Filling a set with tunes from Where We Sit, they also launched new tracks. Featuring guesties from Ambleside's Daniel Stevens, the group concluded with Waste.
Packing the room, Coves debuted the new release in full. Dying Light is a definite stand-out as, unlike previous releases, this EP encompasses a new step for the boys as they portray a more mature, crafted sound. Balancing melodic ballads like Underground, alongside hard-hitting tracks like Sleeping and Bad Habit, the group brings a release full of heavy riffs, punchy screams and passionate-driven tunes. Opening with Underground, which drew immediate mic grabs and crowd singalongs, the band gave a short and succinct performance which saw punters shouting for a well-deserved encore.
You can purchase Dying Light here.
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