A lot of bands give away their music for free these days, which can cause a problem as its hard to know what to bother downloading and what to ignore. Well Overthrow are just one of those bands that I insist you take notice of, these boys are arguably one of the freshest bands around, and are well worth your itunes space. The band have somehow managed to blend elements of punk, pop, rock, and reggae and come out with some of the catchiest yet hardhitting tunes you'll find. Go download those EP's, they'll brighten up those long dark nights of winter.
For Fans Of: Rx Bandits, Failsafe and New Found Glory.
Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press readers check you out?
Overthrow: If you're into rocking music with catchy melodies and infectious tunes then you should like Overthrow! At the same time we really try hard to not be generic or standard, the dumbing down and regurgitation of music for the sake of short term success is everything we hate about the music industry, and the antithesis of what we're looking to do. Our aim has always been to amalgamate everything we love cohesively, and hopefully write songs that can't be bound to one genre and become dated. So there's a lot of interesting rythmic ideas, a lot of energy, and a lot of variation, while at the same time never losing sight of the song itself. Hopefully there's something for everyone on our stuff, and we're always evolving.
ATP: What is the story behind the band?
Overthrow: The band story is what you would expect for a bunch of Surrey kids really. I started playing music with people I knew from school. We were just looking to get back to basics and focus on writing music that we loved first and foremost, hoping the rest would fall into place. Obviously it's not that easy. We went through various line up changes and a name change and here we are. We've been going for about 2-3 years as we are now. We've recorded an album and 2 EP's and played a fuck load of gigs, all off our own back, all independently. So it's been slow but steady progress so far, and we're just looking to continue that. Keep writing, recording and gigging, getting our music out there to the right people, and hopefully we'll get a break. If not that's cool, at least we get to do what we love, even if it's not paying the rent yet.
ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
Overthrow: That's a tough one! I guess getting to play the Underworld was cool, definately something I've always wanted to do. Also touring up in Scotland was great fun. Throwing up on stage wasn't! Recording the last EP with James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses/Grammatics) was a blast. I can't think of a single highlight so there's a few! I'm sure I've missed a couple of glarers but oh well.
ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
Overthrow: Over the next 3 months we're releasing each of the 6 tracks from our last EP 'A Ghost In The Machine' as an online single with a B-side. In December we're going back into the studio with James Kenosha to do another EP which we're really excited about. Throughout that time we're looking to do as many gigs as possible everywhere.
'By Night We Escape' by Overthrow is released this month and the EP, 'Ghost In The Machine' is available now through Bandcamp.
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Words by Matt Buck.