Kovax – If There Was Any Ever Doubt

Kovax – If There Was Any Ever Doubt

Commercial reaching alt rock that’s hairy and lairy

 Words: Phil Weller

So often when a band sounds radio friendly it is because all their gruff, their meat and potato, has been substituted for something soppy and slender. Leeds band Kovax however, proves that isn’t always the case. On this four track EP they dish out catchy, raucous alt rock numbers that you can imagine being played on the radio without sacrificing any of the brutish swagger.

Built on a foundation of punk, these songs fly by. The whole EP lasts just 11 minutes. This is quality over quantity though, from the demented babblings of Waves, that would sound like early System Of A Down if it weren’t for its tidal, stadium punk chorus to the whiplash inducing, seizure riff that underpins closing track Kennel. Everything here is feisty and cannibalistic. With a hint of Deftones flavouring its latter, more melodically focused latter stages, it is a song which strikes a fine balance between chaos and calculation.

The record doesn’t need a second listen to understand. Everything is laid out before you from the off, plain and simple. They deliver their music with a raw passion and a fury. 11 minutes is no time at all, so just hit play and let them smash through your speakers for a little while.

Steve Hackett at the Bridgewater Hall

Steve Hackett at the Bridgewater Hall

Dan Patlansky at The Deaf Institute

Dan Patlansky at The Deaf Institute