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Overlake tours the US, returns to NJ on 12.09 at WFMU's Monty Hall

Jersey City’s three-piece Overlake has been contributing innovative, intimate shoegaze to the local scene since forming in 2012, and their newest LP Fall shows they are getting better and better at it. The record is saturated with guitar-driven anthems of nostalgia, thematically focused on the transience of life. Each song encapsulates a moment in time, following no chronological order; instead, this album moves like an emotional catharsis complete with blooming guitar parts, driving percussion, and powerful bass lines. The band is currently on a US tour. They'll return to their native NJ on December 9th with a show at WFMU's Monty Hall. - Lilly Milman

Overlake opens for The Brian Jonestown Massacre + talks about stompboxes

Overlake specializes in serving up gazey and delicious tracks that showcase strong melody-writing chops. They are playing a high profile show in Philly tomorrow (September 6th), opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre (New Yorkers will be able to catch them at Gold Sounds on October 4th). Though there’s enough wall-of-sound goodness to sink your teeth into, the band also manages to meld upbeat, indie-inspired choruses that you may find echoing up in the space between your ears all day. Our friends at Delicious Audio asked them to share a little bit about the gear that helps to define their gorgeous noise - check out the Q&A here, and their recent video for 'Unnamed November,' streaming below).  - Olivia Sisinni, Photo: Naomi Scott

Overlake shares single from sophomore LP, plays release show at Mercury Lounge

Readying their follow-up release to 2014 debut record “Sighs,” Overlake share “Winter Is Why” (streaming below) from sophomore album “Fall” due out May 12th via Bar/None Records. The track emerges via a guitar figure delivered with orchestral sensibility, creating an immediate mood of majestic grandeur.  Forceful power trio drumming and counterpoint descending bass tones further punctuate unexpected rhythmic accents underneath this rising melody. Settling in to calmer patterns, dreamy vocals describe how the “summer sun hangs around” and “windswept cones on the sand” suggest the winter season.  This over five minute long track successfully blends the quieter passages of gazey icons My Bloody Valentine (think “Come In Alone”) with that band's more explosive and pitch-bendy moments. While still finalizing dates for an April tour, the band has scheduled a record release show at Mercury Lounge on May 12th with support from local favorites Dead Stars and Heaven. - Dave Cromwell


Mellow NJ shogazer trio Overlake plays Mercury on 04.24

Based in Jersey City, Overlake is the moderately shoegaze trio born from the songwriting chemestry of Tom Barrett (guitar, vocals) and Lysa Opfer (bass, backing vocals). We say "moderately" because the band's sound steers clear of the insanely effected guitar tones that characterize some of the classic of the genre (see My Blood Valentine, who still influenced the band in the melodic department). The mellower sound, which seems to blend in a good amount of clean guitars, suits Barret's whispered tenor and Opfer ethereal harmonies, resulting in a mix of shoegazer and dream pop. The band released two albums since 2012 and single 'Travelogue' (streaming below) in October 2015. You can see them live at The Mercury Lounge on April 23rd.


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