Hailing from Liverpool, Overspill are a trio with their own blend of grungy vocals and proto-punk/southern rock riffs. In The Face Of Adversity consists of four tracks containing a few fan favorites and songs with their own distinct mood and quality, showing the bands versatile abilities.
All in all an interesting new sound; I think of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club when I hear this band, because musically (not lyrically) the overall attitude is badass, smacking of pool halls, fights, Jack Daniels but with a certain British reserve, giving them a grungy quality.
The riff work is lively and upbeat, especially on Heavy Smoker, and Ceasefire is quite a beautiful track, with guitar work that really captures the mood of the song. Songs concerning war are numerous in the new rock bands of today, and often tedious, but the lack of preaching in Ceasefire makes it work. It’s a believable effort indeed.
Of this E.P. my only criticism is the vocal work. All in all the lyrics are hard to discern. Take heed, however, this really doesn’t spoil it, it just adds to the mystery of what this bands about, what it stands for – but take a look at their Facebook page for all that jazz.
I also think there is a humourlessness to this record, especially in the singing, which is sombre and detached. The group sites Nirvana as an influence – even Kurt weaved his own brand of dark humour into their songs. A little humanity would go down well.
My verdict – a worthy effort by a band that gives British rock an exciting new vibe which I’m sure they will develop with time.
By John Tait
About the Author
John studied Philosophy at Newcastle University, during which time he loved reviewing gigs and albums for the Music Society, being honest of his criticism and enjoying some great acts along the way.
John also got into the theatre and improvised comedy, and enjoyed writing reviews for Fringe shows. Since graduating John has reviewed books for the UK Defence Forum, The Crack Magazine, The Journal and has written for The Northumberland Gazette and Gary Forrest’s website – currently regarded as one of the world’s leading accordion players.
John loves writing reviews for new bands because it exposes him to a lot of great new acts and keeps the palate diverse. Currently John is trying to start a freelance writing and promotions business, let’s hope that works out!