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July 2015

Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Two Teasers for the Road, Courtesy Of JEFF the Brotherhood

Two Teasers for the Road, Courtesy Of JEFF the Brotherhood

Great news to all fans of the Nashville duet: There's not long left to wait before the release of JEFF the Brotherhood's new material, and to tease us a touch more, they’ve just revealed the upcoming album’s cover art. Cool, right? Out on the 17th of July, this most anticipated seventh record, Hypnotic Nights, explores further the psychedelic edge of The Brotherhood’s sound, although rest assured, it is as catchy, alive, and fuzzy as ever before-- maybe more summer-adequate even-- so y’all can get ready to rock out! Meanwhile, after a series of shows with L.A.’s Best Coast, the band are back on the roads again for a headlining tour, with over 20 dates across the U.S.

Now, to the slightly more impatient ones always waiting for something to leak over the web, here’s something for you (and the hint is right there in the title): Three of the four tracks featured on the Hypnotic Knights EP will figure on the forthcoming album of the same name... and there’s your teaser number two! -- Tracy Mamoun


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