Covet, the Bay area trio fronted by the effervescent, and wholly unique, guitar whiz Yvette Young, return with their third studio album, “catharsis”, on April 7th, 2023, via Triple Crown Records.
“We did a lot of risk-taking on this album”, Yvette explains. “I try to follow what excites me without heeding anybody’s expectations. I’m leaning into melodies, tones, and textures and trying to use them to transport listeners. The whole concept is escaping into a fantasy realm where the songs depict different characters and their own worlds. Each song is like their theme song. It’s mostly instrumental, but when you close your eyes, I hope people will be transported into the character’s story. Music has always been escapism for me and a great source of therapy. My hope for this music is that it will take people somewhere and stir their imaginations, or at the very least, make them feel something. I named this record ‘catharsis’ because the word to me feels like a triumphant exodus. No matter the dire circumstances, music is one of those things that I’ve always needed to create to survive (in all senses of the word), and time and time again, I turn to guitar and songwriting as my outlet to uplift and feel like I have control over something in this chaotic universe”.
A preview of the 8-song, Scott Evans (Thrice, Samiam) produced collection arrives today with the release of “Firebird”, a track Yvette says she hopes will take listeners on a “total melodic joyride”. A Tom Flynn-directed video can be seen below, with the clip reflecting the origin of the song, as Yvette adds: “When my mom first emigrated to America, she balled out and got a red Pontiac Firebird. I hope it sounds like cruising down the highway with the wind blowing in your hair. I really wanted to lean into the catchiness of a melody and see how I could push some rock n roll tropes until something almost becomes cheesy – but not quite yet. Hopefully, the lighthearted and silly nature of the video reflects that”.
Album pre-orders, which include several limited-edition vinyl variants, CD, and digital pre-saves are available here.
North American Tour Dates 2023:
February 22 San Francisco Noise Pop (The UC Theatre)
April 7 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
April 8 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
April 9 Seattle, WA Neumos
April 11 Salt Lake City, UT Soundwell
April 13 Denver, CO Meow Wolf
April 14 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
April 15 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
April 17 St. Paul, MN Amsterdam Music Hall
April 18 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
April 20 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
April 21 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
April 22 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
April 23 Montreal, QC Café Campus
April 25 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Music Hall
April 26 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
April 27 Boston, MA Royale
April 28 Philadelphia, PA Brooklyn Bowl
April 29 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
May 1 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
May 2 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl
May 3 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (Hell)
May 5 Dallas, TX Studio at The Factory
May 6 Austin, TX Scoot Inn
May 8 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
May 10 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
May 11 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
May 12 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Tickets for all shows are on-sale this Thursday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. local time. Scarypoolparty and altopalo open on all dates.
Covet is Yvette Young (guitar/vocals), Brandon Dove (bass) and Jessica Burdeaux (drums). The San Jose-born band released their debut album, “effloresce” in 2018, followed by “technicolor” in 2020. Exclaim said technicolor “sparkles with the wonder of creativity”, Treble described the 10-song collection as “engaging” and “dynamic”, while Brooklyn Vegan said the band thrives on “sugar-sweet melodies”.