Premiere: The Overheads EP Is A Symphonic And Haunting Ode To The 80’s
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Melbourne five-piece The Overheads deliver a beautiful mess of stoic vocals, flooding synths and floating guitars on their debut self-titled EP.

Having only formed around six months ago, for the purpose of performing singer Oscar Morris’ bedroom recordings, it’s fair to say that dream-pop group The Overheads have eclipsed what it takes most artists a few years do. Their debut EP offers the perfect balance between distinct sounds and familiar influences, making it an easily digestible, yet unique entity.

From Oscar’s apathetic vocals riding waves of synth-laden drones in EP opener ‘Pour,’ through to the slowed down 80’s pop ballad ‘To Be Found II,’ we get the impression that the group knows what they want to achieve sonically, and are more than capable of pulling it off. It’s an expansive palette that ironically came from a the confinements of Oscar’s bedroom.

“I recorded the EP at home over the period of a few months this year. I turned my bedroom into a little recording space and did everything in there, including drums. Oli [Ekserdjian] and Macklin [Leslie] came and did a couple of guitar/bass parts too,” Oscar says. “I definitely learned a lot about recording and mixing by doing it myself but it’s hard work, so someone else can do it next time!”

If you’ve been sucked in anywhere near as much as we have have, you’ll be anxious to see how the group pulls of such a momentous collection of songs live, and (fortunately) you can catch The Overheads launching the EP at the Tote with House Deposit and Babey next Wednesday – info here.

Words by Harry Webber September 14, 2018
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