Hot Tubs, Swords, Murder: See Math-Rock Trio Covet's Bizarre New "Howl" Video | Revolver

Hot Tubs, Swords, Murder: See Math-Rock Trio Covet's Bizarre New "Howl" Video

California instrumental act's dreamlike clip presents a dinner party gone terribly wrong

Covet's new video for "Howl" — from the California instrumental math rockers' latest album Effloresce — may start off innocently enough with the trio performing in an old Southern style mansion and enjoying a costumed dinner party, but it quickly becomes a sinister free-for-all, each member fighting the other for survival.

Colorful costumes and ritual scenes filmed of each separate member sees virtuosic guitarist Yvette Young plunging into a neon-lit hot tub fully clothed, while bassist David Adamiak and drummer Forrest Rice perform their own rituals in different areas of the house; burning pictures, donning robes and evil masks, and eventually capturing Young — which all culminates in a knife fight that doesn't end well. Interspersed shots of a party where the three seem to joyfully celebrate their friendship slip through, leaving viewers to draw their own conclusions as to what escalated the violent episode.

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photograph by Howie Chen

The action ebbs and flows with the shifting tone and stride of the music. Weaving intricate melodies and quiet interludes, the track is shadowy sweet; a beautiful stroll through each musician's prodigious aptitude.

Young says of the clip, "'Howl' was written as one of the darker toned songs on the album. I wanted to convey a more bipolar feel when I wrote this song, and I wanted the video to reflect that and be a bit mysterious. The video is basically about three of us occupying a spooky house and hunting each other down, with flashbacks to nicer times. It's the first time we did a narrative video and had 'acting' to do so it was an overall fun and rewarding experience!" 

Covet's most recent outing Effloresce is available now on Bandcamp. Catch the group on their current international tour on a date below. 

10/30 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
10/31 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/01 - Philadelphia, - PA  Theatre of Living Arts
11/02 - Boston, MA  - Paradise Rock Club
11/03 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
11/04 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
11/06 - Orlando, FL - The Abbey
11/07 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
11/09 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11/10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11/11 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
11/18 - Osaka, Japan - Shinsaibashi Soma
11/19 - Nagoya, Japan - ell. Fits All
11/21 - Shibuya, Japan - Tsutaya O-East

02/06 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
02/07 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
02/08 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
02/09 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
02/10 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
02/11 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
02/12 - London, UK - Electrowerkz
02/13 - West Midlands, UK - O2 Academy Birmingham