FROM: LEEDS, UK | FOR FANS OF: TRASH BOAT, BOSTON MANOR
WORDS : KATIE CONWAY-FLOOD
Leeds-based outfit Overbite are a four-piece band breaking into the music scene. Fresh off the back of releasing their new single ‘Nothing Left’ back on 20th March, a track that addresses the concept of coming to terms that a particular person is toxic and how to dispose of that individual out of your life. With their latest single now out in the world, Overbite talked to us about ‘Nothing Left’, their pop punk heroes and how the Coronavirus crisis has impacted them as a smaller, unsigned band.
Overbite’s latest project witnesses the band take out any toxicity from their lives. Speaking all about this said lyrical narrative, lead singer and lyricist Mitchell says “Nothing Left was written with a few people in mind, who for reasons that are far too long-winded and boring to go into are no longer a part of my life. It’s about giving up on trying to make yourself be enough for someone and just letting go.” It seems ‘Nothing Left’ draws upon this very relatable lyrical theme, yet does so well to be executed with almighty pop-punk, metal and even rock power.
OVERBITE WAS A BEDROOM PROJECT AND SO I JUST WROTE SONGS THAT I WANTED TO LISTEN TO
Like any band born before the time where music began, third party influences have played their part in the sonic evolution of Overbite, especially in the early days of development. From pop-punk heros Neck Deep to Trash Boat and not forgetting that of Boston Manor, fellow member Darius declares “I think those bands definitely influenced the first EP much more than our more recent work.”
Whilst we can clearly draw comparisons thematically between Overbite’s debut effort and Neck Deep’s third full-length, as both works recognise the sad and somber realities of life it took an act of self discovered each and every band member had to endure post the era of ‘I’m Sick Of Telling Myself I’ll Be Okay’ that has persuaded Overbite to take the plunge into broadening their musical horizons, as Dauris admits “The newer songs have all involved a lot more collaboration with every band member, who all have incredibly different influences like pop-punk, metal, punk, pop, rock and even country? It’s a weird mix but somehow we make it all work and it kind of helped us find the sound we were after.”
In present times, the start of the new decade has been a year of one of the best shows the band has ever played to being forced to put on hold a weekender with Whatever Weather due to the current coronavirus crisis. For many artists this global pandemic has resulted in financial ruin, from album and touring losses and this is just one of the many aspects the music industry is currently suffering and one that Overbite can relate to highly, particularly as an unsigned act.
I LOOK AT OUR LATEST EFFORTS A LOT MORE POSITIVELY AND I THINK THAT THEY’RE A MUCH MORE ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF WHAT OVERBITE IS AND WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER
“It’s definitely been a weird time to be in a smaller band, and there’s definitely been some adjusting to be able to survive as a band in this time. Obviously, the usual underground touring circuit can’t function as it usually would, so the usual cycle of release music, tour in support of it, sell merch just isn’t there at the moment. We should have been on tour right as lockdown hit and it’s frustrating to see months of planning blow up like that. Having said that, everyone’s in the same boat with it, and I think no one is naturally in a better or worse position because of it, so there’s no point complaining.”
With more time to play around recording and mixing upcoming singles as a result of lockdown measures in place in the UK, for Overbite their journey as a band is going from strength to strength and the band’s next move even in the most uncertain times involves the resurfacing of a previously abandoned track, with Darius concluding “We wrote a song about a year ago that we decided would never really see the light of day, but given the situation we decided to revisit it and make it the best it could be and something we want to release!”