Covalence is a four-piece, dynamic rock/alternative/metal band that regularly explores the melodies and rhythms of the punk, progressive, and doom metal genres. Founded in the autumn of 2016 by its vocalist/rhythm guitarist Carter Manson, the band also features co-vocalist/lead guitarist Harrison Hammett, bassist Tad Long, and drummer Richard David Hodges.
While Manson's meticulous guitar playing and sometimes gritty, full-throated/other times tamer, smoother vocalizations define and exemplify what Manson refers to as the "hard/gentle blend" of the band's primary sound, Hammett's raw, aggressive performances and electrifying stage presence add a depth and variety uncommon to many bands of Covalence's ilk. Underscored by the powerful bass thrum of ever-tone-conscious Long and the thunderous precision of Hodges' drums, Covalence harmonizes its myriad of talents into galvanic, crowd-pleasing concerts that have resulted in growing recognition and burgeoning respect in the Knoxville's music scene.
"I think we do a good job of putting on a great show," says Manson, (16). "Some bands might have really great, tight music, but they don't put on a good show. I think that Covalence has a good mix of both: being entertaining and fun as well as having tight and well-performed music."
Manson says the band's inception was not a planned event, but was more of a serendipitous coming-together of the band's members. "Things started out with just myself jamming with a friend of mine who played drums. Eventually, Tad (Long) started playing bass along with us. As the three of us got more material together and played at open mic nights, our drummer at the time realized that playing gigs was not his thing, so we asked Elle Baldriche (now drummer for garage/psych rock band Hot Dharma) to drum for us. During our freshman year at L&N Stem Academy, Tad and I found Harrison (Hammett) and asked him to be our lead guitarist. Eventually, one gig lead to another and then, suddenly, we had broken onto the music scene. Elle decided to pursue other musical interests, and so we got our good friend Richard (Hodges) to be our drummer."
Manson says that the band acquired its name after a month of good-natured argument over it. "We got asked to play our first gig as an opening band for The American Idiots and we didn't even have a name. After throwing some ideas around, I suggested Covalence. It took some convincing," grins Manson, "but the rest of the band eventually agreed. I'm a big chemistry nerd. That was a huge factor in choosing that name."
While initially playing mainly covers of songs by Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, All Them Witches, and the Deftones at venues such as The Concourse, Open Chord, The Grove Theater, Pilot Light, and The Birdhouse (among others) their covalent bond has held, and now Manson says the band's new focus is to work on perfecting its image and honing its sound. "Our next big step is to make ourselves more appealing to bigger venues," he says, adding: "Crafting our image, getting a press kit together, recording an EP... I want people to walk away from our performances realizing that teens can do some amazing things."
Manson says that the band is presently developing original material (they currently have written 5 songs, the first of which, "Burn", was recently recorded at Ridgetone Studio for inclusion in the band's first EP, the release date and title of which have yet to be announced). "A lot of people have this idea that teens can't form a cohesive group or be mature enough to accomplish big things," Manson points out, "but we hope to show them that they can start having a little more faith in this generation. In the next two years I think we'll have a lot of original material, maybe an album or two's worth. And hopefully, we will start expanding our horizons, booking gigs in other cities. There's no telling where the future will take us."
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