Photo Credit: Howie Chen

David Adamiak (bass) – My worst gig moment was in Buffalo, New York, on our 1st US tour back in 2017. We had been playing with a band known as Tides of Man, we had been supposed to play in Buffalo at this 1 venue. Final minute, the venue gets changed and we go to a DIY space who calls just some random kid to do sound. So they set up the stage, it appears legit, we’re the 1st of 3 bands, we go to get started playing. I’m playing via the bass player from Tides of Man’s bass rig and he has a seriously super experienced rig that would be loud sufficient to play the [Worcester] Palladium with out a mic, it is like super effective.  We all get up on stage and get started playing the 1st song and all of a sudden, there’s a ton of feedback taking place, and the stage is lifted with practically nothing underneath it, so the feedback is of like a subfrequency, so it is physically shaking the floor. It is louder than what my amp is making, so I couldn’t hear my bass at all. We had been all searching at each and every other going what in god’s name is taking place appropriate now. I turn up my bass rig, and it does practically nothing to have an effect on the volume, I nevertheless can not hear myself. We take a break in among songs and I ask the sound guy, “hey there’s like a crazy feedback coming from a spot that we can not fathom, what’s going on,” he’s like, “I do not know,” and so we had to play the rest of the set with this like tremendously distracting “mmmmmmm.”

Yvette Young (guitar) – Lately we had been in Ft. Lauderdale [on the Artificial Selection tour with Dance Gavin Dance]. It was currently type of a shit show, we had been operating late simply because we had sprung a flat tire earlier that day, so we actually loaded onto the stage to play, no sound verify, just a seriously flimsy line verify, but we had been feeling excellent, excellent vibes. We began playing and I noticed that my mic was hanging from the stand quite precariously, and I was possessing problems finding the actual factor to grip the mic simply because it was loose. So I was like what ever, I’m just going to attempt not to touch it. For the duration of the set, I stated “thanks for coming, we’re going to hang out by merch,” and I touched it and I noticed that it was type of teetering, so I was like god, I’m just going to play the song and see what takes place. So I’m playing the song and then I noticed that the mic stand begins tipping more than and I’m in the middle of a aspect exactly where I go to a quiet section and there’s a technical aspect so I do not seriously have any decision but to instinctively grab the mic stand simply because I saw if it fell, it would have crashed into my other guitars, and it would have most likely produced a noise. I didn’t want it to make a noise and I also didn’t want to harm the gear of the venue. I had a lot of stuff going via my head and was like okay just catch it. I instinctively place my arm out and then I dropped out of the section and was like it is gonna be simple, I’m just gonna place my arm out, grab it, place it back up, jump back in, easy as that. But it wouldn’t remain, it just kept on falling more than and I kept on possessing to grab it with my hand, so I essentially dropped out of the whole section. I got lost simply because I was pondering about this mic stand and how frustrating it was that I couldn’t place it back up and then I decided the only way I can play this song is if I hold it down with my foot in midair. I’m standing on 1 foot, holding the mic stand up with the other and playing this detailed technical aspect. Meanwhile, I am searching about to make eye speak to with actually any individual who will spend focus and possibly assistance me. I appear at the sound individual and he’s just like —, I appear at the safety guard and he’s drinking a beer, just standing there. I appear at the audience and there’s a large photo pit and every person in the audience can see it and they’re like “sorry like there’s a photo pit, we can not go more than, there’s guards.” I actually have to hold it with my foot for an whole section, I’m playing seriously sloppy simply because I do not have a lot of space, I’m against this stand and I’m standing on 1 foot, so it is a feat. Lastly I get to this heavy section and I go okay, I do not have a different foot to engage my overdrive pedal so I have to just let this factor fall. So I move my foot, engage the overdrive pedal and as quickly as I hit the heaviest section, the mic stand just falls. It was type of epic timing but also seriously annoying simply because I had to drop out for a complete section and I produced eye speak to with so numerous folks who didn’t assistance me, so I believed that was type of funny and frustrating.

Forrest Rice (drums): Our 1st show of the final US tour we did was in Phoenix and we go up on stage. We’re all excited to play, we had a excellent sound verify, anything went smooth and then Dave (bass player) goes up to the mic and goes “hey guys, we’re gonna play what’s known as a best set.” He calls it and completely jinxed the moment. We go and get like 30 seconds into a song and then Yvette’s pedalboard absolutely dies and stops producing all sound, so we’re playing and going what is taking place and then Yvette, I do not know what you did, if you went direct in or unplugged the thing…

Yvette: I noticed that if I kicked it a small, it would come back in but actually for a second, so immediately after that occurred sufficient occasions, I was just like fuck this and took it out and plugged back in and I played the rest of the set just direct into amp. It is just dry, no effects, not as loud and not as compressed, but we’ve practiced with out effects prior to, so I feel we had been ready for it, which I feel was seriously funny. And then David hit…

Forrest: For the duration of the set, David is on his knees attempting to repair the pedalboard, Yvette is standing there. We’re just freaking out for the duration of our set time attempting to repair points. And then I’m hearing the drum set and there’s practically nothing going on, so I just began playing, riffing and undertaking some random solo. It was the weirdest set we ever played, it was such a whirlwind. Half the songs we didn’t even get to finish. It was a disaster. And then Dave ends the set and he throws his bass more than his head like he generally does and you [Dave] knocked oneself difficult simply because you had a gash, you had been dripping blood. That was 1 of the craziest disaster sets I’ve ever been in with Covet so far.

This interview was recorded at the Worcester Palladium in Massachusetts on April 14, 2019.

Covet is presently on the Artificial Choice tour with Dance Gavin Dance.

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