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boy/girl rock ‘n’ roll duos sure are hip these days, andit takes a lot to separate those who are just swagger from the ones with thekiller blows. Coves certainly pack that wallop and what they lack in membersthey make up for with cascades of echoing guitars.

At first they seemed a little quiet, restrained, but thisonly served to heighten the impact when their second song stomped a big oldboot down and laid a out thick, ballsy groove. By the time they got to lead EPlead track ‘Cast a Shadow’ – with extra attitude courtesy of a few neat berry-esqueguitar licks – they owned the crowd.

While many pop-scuzz duos suffer from a certain tinny-ness,especially live, Coves’ sound is lush and thick with swathes of noise in thebackground, creating a very modern kind of fuzz which surrounds you, but doesn’tcome at the sacrifice of melody. It’s just a shame their set ended so abruptly afterjust 15 minutes.