COVE – ‘We Were Once Lost’ Studio

Recorded with producer Oz Craggs at Hidden Track Studios, ‘We Were Once Lost’ sees Kent COVE mob succeed in their aims of writing “heavy, riffy music, with big choruses that make you grab your friends in the middle of a mosh pit and sing along”.


Featuring thudding, muscular grooves and stomp paired with ferocious roars aplenty, COVE’s debut is a post-metalcore powerhouse, evoking Ruin/Hollow Crownera-Architects, whilst also drawing from the gene pools of Defeater and While She Sleeps. Bruising riffs and urgent, desperate screams give way to moments of melodic, textured respite, before plunging back into the abyss again – COVE already leaps and bounds ahead of their would – be peers. Following the recent release of the mini-album, the band open up about their time in the studio…

When it came to the recording of ‘We Were Once Lost’, we had 100% of the material written and demo’d before it came to tracking any of the proper parts. We wanted to make sure we were exactly sure what it was we were going to be doing in the studio and not waste any time, as we knew it would be tight. We first demo’d up in January with a good mate of ours Ricky Beetlestone who works at The Clubhouse Recording Studios, where we ironed out any creases in the songs and worked on the dynamics of parts.

For the real thing we decided to record with Oz Craggs of Hidden Track Studios in Folkestone. Oz has been a friend of ours before recording with him and we loved his production. We also felt that as he is in a heavy band himself he’d be the man for the job as he understands the sound we are going for, making sure everyone is on the same page is key when recording, to make sure you end up with a final product you are all happy with.

We recorded at the end of February/beginning of March 2016, and got cracking straight away with setting up drum tones. We spent a good portion of the first day doing this, but it was essential to the sound of the release. We tracked all the drums over the first 2 days of the session and wanted to keep a raw sound; so much of the drums is un-quantized and not replaced with samples. We spent the next 2 days doing all the guitars using Pete’s LTD EC-1000 through a peavey 6506 for rhythms.

Many of the days started at 10am and didn’t finish until around 7 or 8pm, so it was very long. On top of that we were driving a 100mile round trip to Folkestone and back every day, so everyone was pretty tired! We spent the next day and a half finishing up vocals – so before bass – due to the logistics of where people were.

Sam our vocalist did a really good job of consistently screaming through the session, and it was also the first time we’d seen him track clean singing, which we were all really stoked about. We finished up bass in the last 4 hours of the session which was a bit stressful but we nailed it in time and did a 12 hour day that day, I think everyone was a bit burnt out by the end of that session, but we were excited to hear the mixes.

Pete and Jack were on tour in Europe when we got back the first mixes and were trying to find a cafe with free wifi out there so they could listen! We’re really happy with the outcome, it’s always great to hear songs you’ve spent time on come to life. We feel like it is a solid start for the band and sounds exactly how we had imagined!

COVE released ‘We Were Once Lost’ on 07/10/16.

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