Covey has shared his latest single ‘Point Mutation’.
It’s a cut from the singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut record ‘Class of Cardinal Sin’, set to be released tomorrow (Friday, 18th June) via Rise Records.
He explains: “This one is directly addressing my family and how we attempted to force a normal and happy life, forcing dinners and trying to hold it all together when it was clearly falling apart. But the denial only ever made things worse.”
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.
Today rising indie artist Covey unveils the next two singles from his highly-anticipated new album Class Of Cardinal Sin. The two songs, “Sam Jam” and “Crooked Spine,” are thematically tied, both sharing stories about his sister.
Based on a true story, “Sam Jam” finds Covey, aka Tom Freeman, seeking internal revenge on the man who once poured scalding hot coffee right on his sister’s head. He brings the grim story to life in a new video out today directed by House Of Nod (Diet Cig, Japanese Breakfast). Click here to watch.
Much like the album’s debut single “Cut On The Crease,” the video for “Sam Jam” features some of the characters that Covey has been introducing via his fast-growing TikTok channel. A clip of the song is also featured in his “Story of Sam Jam” intro, and currently has over 4.9M views + over 2,700 fan videos made using that same sound.
Check out the video for “Sam Jam” below.
The other new song streaming today is called “Crooked Spine,” and finds Freeman reflecting once again about his younger sister who has battled with scoliosis throughout her life.
Tom Freeman, the Brooklyn-based British artist and musician known as Covey—has had a weird year. He did a Tour To Nobody, playing shows in rural locations across the American northeast for, well, nobody. He recorded the audio and video, turning the audio into a record, and using the video to launch a series of TikTok videos.
The latter started to find its audience, but it wasn’t until Freeman started posting videos about his upcoming album Class Of Cardinal Sin that fans truly began to respond. Suddenly, the videos were lighting up––this intro video alone has over 18.8M views. Only a few weeks later, Covey had amassed over 1 million followers on the platform, each tuning in to learn about (and swap theories concerning) the increasingly intricate semi-fictional universe Freeman is building through the record.
Today Covey shares the debut single from Class Of Cardinal Sin, “Cut On The Crease.” It opens the record with a humming vein of neon synth before Freeman’s guitar stirs, building and then giving way to marching snare and bass that explode in a trumpet-laden climax.
“Benjamin and Gabe’s stories were the first two in the TikTok series so they laid the foundation and Suzie’s story wrapped it all up whilst finally providing an explanation for all the deaths, so it felt natural that these were the characters we chose to bring to life in the music video.” says Tom Freeman. “Plus these characters were some fan favoUrites. I’m excited for fans to see the stories told in this totally different medium and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, the personalities definitely come across in the video how I intended them to and how fans have come to know them. Through all the lore, fan theories, cosplay and fan art, the character identities have only gotten more and more vivid, so much so that they began to transcend their small toy bodies even before this video.”
The cover of Class Of Cardinal Sin features a diorama depicting what, at first glance, appears to be a simple class graduation photo, complete with a blackboard with white lettering at the front. 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. Still, they’re dressed and arranged like students, grotesque and miserable.
Freeman created the scene from top to bottom: he ordered the figurines, Frankensteined them to make new ones, hand-painted them all, and arranged them into the class photo. Each figurine is a character with a lengthy backstory, and most collide with the other characters in the photo.
“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. “Class of Cardinal Sin is the place you are when you’re in high school, and you graduate from all of those things into adulthood, but because of all the troubles that you experienced, you graduate to have all of these problems. ‘Congratulations, you got your degree in depression and anxiety.’ I thought it was a fun concept.”
Freeman chose the name Covey after the street on which he grew up in England. There, dealing with a fractured family life, Freeman found comfort in a cassette of Enema of the State and miniature painting of WarCraft figurines. “I came from a broken home,” he says. “Me painting those miniatures and doing those hobbies was definitely a huge escape for me.”
The home, the class photo, the songs: these are all part of a network of synapses that comprise Class Of Cardinal Sin, refracted through Freeman’s acerbic, wrenchingly sharp storytelling. This storytelling is backed by major-key melodies realised on acoustic and electric guitars, bass and warbling keys, percussion that shifts from gentle to titanic.
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. Upon relocating to the US and landing in Boston for school in 2010, Covey was eventually conceived and managed to connect to listeners through Freeman’s own brand of folk-rock which drew inspiration from artists like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Smiths, and Nick Drake. Since then, Covey has gone on to release 2 full-length albums which have received praise from publications such as Paste, The Wild Honey Pie, Allston Pudding, All Things Go, PopMatters, and The 405, which noted Covey as “one of the more intriguing indie folk-rock projects of the past few years.” Covey has shared the bill with nationally touring artists such as Hozier, Briston Maroney, Summer Salt, and Vagabon.
Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting below.
1. Cut On The Crease 2. 1991 3. Why Am I Alive? 4. Four Dollar Sandwich 5. Sam Jam 6. Point Mutation 7. Crooked Spine 8. Local Anesthesia 9. Sound Of A Gun 10. Marzipan Pills
Pre-Orders for ‘Class Of Cardinal Sin’ are available via Covey’s Online Store.