Who or what exactly is hidden because behind this name, Cover Drive?
Amanda, the singer of the band can explain best:
"I always compare us actually having a packing starburst," says the 20-year-old from Barbados, laughing, referring to a British candy that much with Maoam in common. "Okay, I know it sounds only times oblique, but if you simultaneously take all the colors and flavors, available from Starburst in the mouth, then the taste experience about to be compared with our sound. Red is our wild, pink sweet side, Orange shows that we also departed and edged blades can, and yellow, how much extra spice we give the whole. "
The singer has put forward its arguments halfway because their eyes twisting bandmates try even interrupting - which is typical for this band. Jamar, 18 and bassist, and Barry, 22, and guitarist of Cover Drive, immediately appeal, albeit with tongue in cheek; Like the candy comparison apparently not quite. Only T-Ray, the 18-year-old drummer, Amanda joins, which could, however, also be because she was once his babysitter ...
Sweets, it is common or not that Cover Drive is a band that so unique and boisterous sounds like no other act these days. With one leg still located in Barbados, although currently so concerned to move to London where she recently signed with Polydor, combined this quartet the sun to heat soaked musical roots of the Caribbean home with extremely catchy pop hooks, which they together with Top -Schreibern and producers like Wayne Hector, Steve Mac, Ina Wroldsen, JR Red and Future Cut added. Their sound is simply extremely positive, lively, playful, looking forward, and it works equally on the beach or in the city, at home or in the club. They call the way "sunshine-y, feel-good music" - sunshine wellbeing sound from Barbados.
After they had last year a single video on YouTube uploaded, a cover version of Trains "Hey Soul Sister" was added, a few months after the foundation, were the four friends, who had all previously made on your own music, also already discovered. But only when they had teamed up on the advice of Amanda's manager, was in the course of joint sessions of their very own version of "Sunshine Pop" from the Caribbean islands.
"We all already knew us then ages, but we had never come to the idea of a band to start," said Amanda. "But when we had played only once together, it felt like the most obvious thing in the world. We just fit together perfectly. I love pop, T-Ray is on Metal, Jamar on indie sound and Barry loves his punk rock -Sachen, only we combine all these influences and our Caribbean roots to an edgy, yet positive and catchy sound, the so nobody does except Cover Drive. "
Although the band's name alludes to the rather in their homeland widespread taste for cricket, it was in fact their own cover versions, which caused quite early for that the major labels were noisy. Under the title "The Fedora Sessions" - because such soft felt hats they wore all what that reason was not a problem, because the hat collector T-Ray intended has 20 - had it in T-Rays cellar their own Caribbean-funky-tinged versions of "Hey Soul Sister", "Airplanes" (BoB) or "Tik Tok" (Ke $ ha) filmed and then get an offer directly from Sony USA on the table. There was equal to even one of Polydor Records - and a showcase in the house of her mentor Eddy Grant Later, under which they played four original compositions, everything was already in the bag: The contract was signed and the band agreed now to finally move to the UK.
"We just knew that in UK more welcome would that we so different sound" to keep in mind are Jamar. "For we were perhaps still young, but we already know exactly who to sound like our songs. And of course it was great to go into the studio with such an experienced songwriters and producers, but we had this absolutely important that we not lose from that energy that we had originally when we were four still made solely on us. "
They did not, and also the work itself went with plenty of pace anymore: permanent, they traveled back and forth ( "Surrey between Barbados, London, LA, New York and, well, Surrey was too sleepy a bit for our taste "groans Barry) to write songs and to import them, and after only six months, their debut album was as good as in the box.
"We learned a lot from the different producers," says T-Ray, "but we have also learned that you can open his mouth and have to say their own opinion. We have given anything for our own sound to be faithful. And so came the sound we had originally discovered in the covers, and more clearly to the fore, instead of being always watery and blurred in these sessions. "
Ten more hectic months have since past, and now tweaked and mixed album perfectly reflects the sound of this band. Even the first UK single "Lick Ya Down" recorded in L.A. with J.R. Rotem is grandiose dancehall pop with lots of bass; the lyrics are based in this case on a phrase from Barbados, which means something like "I'll make you flat".
"Yes, 'Lick Ya Down' they say, when you're really angry and will repay it to anyone," said T-Ray. "However, there is more of a verbal threat, you do not go out so equal and truly a blow. We like the to use slang from home in our songs, without which makes it easy not fun."
Even if you listen to their songs for the first time, will immediately recognize why this sound will run in the coming months at every turn. The rhythmically sophisticated "That Girl" as connecting beats in the Soca style with extremely high, almost hypnotic vocals until explosively the incredibly catchy chorus in Reggae Pop garment uses. "Twilight", with T-Ray on the mic, sounds like massive Euro-Pop, which is again passed through the Caribbean mixer, and the soulful love song "Sparks" sing both Amanda and T-Ray, namely Using a carpet from piano and electronic sounds.
During the recording sessions for their album have Cover Drive at the same time diligently always added new Caribbean-pop cover versions and put on the web - they played as new version of "Starry Eyed" (Ellie Goulding), "California Girls" (Katy Perry) , "Price Tag" (Jessie J) or by J-Los "I'm Into You". On YouTube you can watch T-Ray in these clips in how he with his drum sticks on a helmet plays (he wears over the soft felt hat, as that is), going with a sand-shaker in a soda bottle, or Beats makes it by banging cartons each other or a skateboard with the top drags over the floor.
"Our main goal for this album was to have at least as much fun at work as at home in our basement," Amanda concludes. "The plan worked, what you definitely can hear. These songs are about how it is to be young, to have fun and to live under the Caribbean sun. "
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