Tough On Fridays have today released their new single titled ‘Covet’, a cover of the song originally by Basement in 2012.
While seeming to be a slightly abridged version of the underground classic, Tough On Fridays make it their own with a wall of sound and a pocketful of angst with an anthem for the overlooked generation gazed through an atmosphere of alternative sound. That thick layer of guitars and melancholic vocals brings me back to the days of Pixies, Bob Mould, and other genre defining musicians and moments that helped shape my musical tastes while adding to that the Tough On Friday original sound.
It’s safe to say that the lush, low-lying and damp environs of the UK’s Suffolk coast are a world away from the heat and harshness of Texas, the place that Tough On Fridays calls home. But music can overcome any obstacles, even distance and geography and in choosing to cover ‘Covet’ by the band Basement, they unknowingly build a wonderful sonic bridge between the two worlds. A case of opposites attracting, perhaps.
And if the idea of a Texas alt-rock band covering a UK melodic hardcore band seems an odd choice, then think again. Tough On Fridays always could lean convincingly into punkier, scuzzier, and rawer music realms, than the “alt-rock” tag might suggest, and Basement’s original version owes a debt of gratitude to all manner of UK post-punk sounds, from garage-rock to shoegaze and beyond. The two bands are probably much closer together in attitude than you might think at first glance.
The proof, they say, is in the pudding and the musical pudding here is very satisfying indeed. They retain the same immense scale upon which the original was founded, growling soundscapes interspersed with cavernous and atmospheric space. The drums are drawn on an epic scale, the bass thunderous and overdriven, the guitars slash and gnaw and the vocals capture that same sense of world-weary belligerence that the originators did so well. But it still has the Tough On Fridays stamp, perhaps slightly more focused, delivered more tightly maybe a bit more attitude-filled and even darker, more bubbling with unchecked menace.
The best thing that you can say about anyone covering a song is that if you weren’t aware of the existence of the original, the chosen cover would fit right into the band’s world without anyone questioning it. That is most certainly the case here.
Tough On Fridays are an official SXSW artist this year, & will also be supporting Everclear in May so the future’s especially bright for this band!
Tough On Fridays are the Texan based alt rock/grunge band consisting of Caleigh on Vocals and Guitar, Carly on Vocals and Bass together with studio/touring drummer Chris Schreck. The band as we know it today started out in 2017 with just Caleigh as the remaining founding member. Carly joined as a full-time member in early 2020 and the duo together with Chris on drumming duties are creating the music that they’ve become so well known for; music which both fans and critics alike say defies description.
Tough On Fridays are a band who are destined for greatness. They’re rapidly building a global fan base knowing that what they’ve got to say is bigger than they are! The band, although truly one of a kind, cite their own influences as the likes of Paramore, Basement, Brand New and Third Eye Blind.
The momentum is not slowing down for these grunge-alt-rockers with them turning heads and gaining throngs of fans worldwide through their ability to artfully smash together different genres of music including pop, alternative, indie, and grunge rock into their own sound which is sublimely unique and can only be described as Tough On Fridays!
They are well-seasoned performers throughout their native Texas and have come to be known for their high-octane live performances, alluring energy and fresh sound which makes them truly stand out from the crowd. Recently signed to global indie powerhouse Golden Robot Records the band now have their sights set on global domination.