Brooklyn-based and British-born songwriter Tom Freeman, aka COVEY, shares another installment from his upcoming debut album, Class Of Cardinal Sin, in “1991.” While surprisingly spritely in sound, the track finds Freeman wrestling with his past, casting blame equally on his surroundings and himself.
“I came from a broken home,” he says. Freeman chose the name COVEY after the street on which he grew up in England. There, dealing with fractured family life, he found comfort in a cassette copy of Enema of the State and painting miniature WarCraft figurines.
Class of Cardinal Sin comes out on June 18 and is currently available to pre-order from Rise Records. “1991” is streaming everywhere and a new video directed by Robert Kolodny is out now.
“’1991′ dives deeper into specific details and moments from my upbringing which have helped make me the way I am today and have contributed to why I struggle the way I do sometimes. The process of reflecting here was almost like the steps one would go through in therapy to figure out where the issues lay at the root. At one point in the song, I think back to the first Christmas I had without my parents. Although I used the song as a means of catharsis in expressing my frustrations, I did also reflect on my shortcomings as well — I think there are very few truly one sided situations so I felt it would be irresponsible and quite frankly unbelievable to not rope myself into this as a contributor to how dysfunctional our family dynamic was.” says COVEY
You can check out the music video for ‘1991’ below.
Class Of Cardinal Sin is that rare, comforting object that smashes the depressing-but-delightful button in the brain that trauma-rock seems always to be pawing at. Manned entirely by Freeman, COVEY courses through brash, bright indie rock, riotous folk-punk, giddy pop-punk, and serene Midwestern emo. It’s a gnarled, endearing, acute patchwork, recalling the best bits of Neutral Milk Hotel, The Mountain Goats, Death Cab For Cutie, AJJ, Elliott Smith, and Blink-182.
Class Of Cardinal Sin is about high school. Well… it’s about a high school. The record’s cover features a diorama depicting what appears to be a simple class graduation photo. Upon inspection though, the classmates are in disrepair. Some are missing limbs; others are casting satanist spells, and most have a human body beneath the head of a creature. Tom created the scene from top to bottom, and each figurine is a character with a lengthy backstory.
“High school was such a shitty time for me and I always saw it as aiding so many parts of what went wrong for me as an adult, problems I have to this day,” says Freeman.
Check out the video for ‘Cut On The Crease’ below.