The new video from London-based queer/DIY post punk band Covergirl was launched earlier this month.
Comprised of members of Trash Kit , Peepholes, Wet Dog and Bloody Knees, Covergirl is like the culmination of a fiercely active and creatively important scene that exists on the strength of its bootstraps and passion in the less glitzy corners of east and south east London.
My first Covergirl experience (and generally the audience is led to believe it is always Covergirl’s first experience too, as vocalist Andrew often begins with “this is our first ever show”) was when they opened for Hunx and his Punx at Camp Basement on Old Street.
I got involved in a conversation with a well seasoned gig go-er who dismissed them outright due to the fact they were a so-called “super group”. While it is true that more often than not I find I’m watching bands made up of combinations of the people in this, and a handful of other bands regularly playing the same venues/club nights, it has never struck me as stale or gimmicky. Instead, the impression is of a tight community of musicians and artists who have a range of ideas that need to be channelled through different guises, and while the connection is often clear (Rachel Aggs from Trash Kit brings a very-Trash Kit-esque quality to Covergirl when she sings), if anything it provides a depth to the scene as you witness these artists develop their ideas and build something good.
Covergirl is one of my favourite bands playing at the moment. Andrew’s vocals have a desperate and dark edge, while their sound has a spacious-ness and coldness to it, the combination of which is like a melancholy disco, and “Paris Burns” is the best example of this.
So, here is the new Lessa Millet-directed video for Covergirl’s single, Paris Burns. A single release party will be happening at Power Lunches, 28th October.