Monday, March 16, 2009

evolutionary spirit



You may by now be familiar with their self-released "The Evolution" EP, originally debuting in September, 2008.

A live staple on the Chicago circuit, apparently, Overman share a farm dwelling in nearby Joliet, Illinois, where they have honed their sound since their inception some six years ago. The title track, "Evolution Rocks", has already
garnered "an official endorsement from the National Science Teachers Association" with it's gentle mocking of those Christian fundamentalists determined to coerce American schools into dropping Darwinism from the syllabus. A midwestern Taliban, if you will, with zero tolerance for any empirical evidence which might undermine religious conjecture and dogma.

All very worthy, and an entertaining song certainly, but the track which immediately grabbed my attention is "Move On" with its exotic guitar overtones at least one reviewer has likened to the late John Cipollina, but to my ears is as reminiscent of a collaboration between Neil Young and Danny Whitten.

Aaron Kelly: vocals, bass; Matthew Radowski: vocals, rhythm guitar;
Russell Eggenberger: vocals, lead guitar; Jason Burley: drums.


OVERMAN: MOVE ON from "The Evolution" EP (Overman) 2009 (US)

PURCHASE THE EVOLUTION EP

4 comments:

Jon said...

There seem to be a lot of these bands in the Midwest. I'm thinking of The Bottle Rockets in particular, but another recent discovery is Two Cow Garage. Right thinking white men reinventing something that almost sounds like guitar based "classic rock". I hate that term, but a lot of these bands are often identified with "alt. country", another term I dislike. Anyhow, not bad. Hope you are well and happy.

ib said...

Yes. For a period I filed everything in iTunes under "pop" as the result of my similar dislike for pigeon-holing everything under the sun. Admittedly, though, I prefer "classic rock" to the lamentable "alt. country" and eventually I gave in to the process of reorganizing and slotting artists into genres. I've heard The Bottle Rockets over at your place on more than a couple of occasions, I think, but not Two Cow Garage (?).

All is well here. I'm quite happy, and only troubled by the occasional bout of anxiety thus far. Inexplicably, Rosa has been getting into serious home baking mode of late. Thanks, Jon.

Jon said...

Two Cow Garage has posted some songs at their website:

http://www.twocowgarage.com/index.php

I was surprised to see that The Bottle Rockets post their stuff using the hated imeem.

http://www.bottlerocketsmusic.com/downloads.html

I'd like to be able to post downloadable files at my place, but I haven't quite gotten that together.

Baking. Sounds domestic. I wish you both happiness.

ib said...

Thanks, brother. For the links too.

Domestic, yes. And oddly entertaining to be involved in. I seem to have temporarily lost - or relinquished - control of the soup ladle also.