Irish Band Of The Week – The Black Overtones
It’s not unusual for hard core rock bands to list ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll’ as some of their interests but for The Black Overtones, it’s just one of their hobbies. In fact, they also enjoy producing intensely brilliant alternative rock music – hence, they are this week’s Irish Band of the Week.
Formed over three years ago, The Black Overtones have been tirelessly recording and gigging to bring superb music to the masses. Based in Dublin, they foursome recorded a four-track EP in Temple Lane Studios and Mr. Castle Studios Dublin. Their sound is a catchy culmination of memorable guitar riffs, ground-shaking vocals with emotive underscore, superbly synchronized bass, and drums topped with mastermind lead guitar. Their influences range from Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Arctic Monkeys, The Stereophonics, The Beatles, Chris Cornell, and Nirvana – to name but a few. A cursory listen to their EP competently reflects these classical rock influences, it’s music that packs a punch and is more concerned with sound that has impact rather than over-the-top flourishes. Effectively, their sound is a throwback to the essential rock of the late 80s and early 90s with their alternative electric style.
Their four track EP has already established them as serious songwriters, with tracks such as ‘Addicted’ and ‘Runnin’ Scared’ confirming their homage to classic rock sounds but with a modern day focus. Their sound is not a convoluted one, rather measured, self-assured and focused on where it is going – the definitive hallmarks of a band that knows what it’s doing and what it is about.
The boys are performing the Rockathon on 20 August at Fairyhouse but, more importantly, their EP launch night will be on 3 June at The Tivoli Backstage.
Until then, check out the brilliant track, ‘Addiction’ here: