Only one year old, overpass is an indie-rock group with a newbie status but this doesn’t mean they are cowering babies. Nope, the Birmingham-based foursome blast onto the scene in 2020 and do not have any plans of slowing down. Featured on BBC Introducing, Clout Magazine, Chalkpit Records, Its All Indie and Indie Midlands, overpass are gaining popularity on an international scale. With a reputation for high-energy melodies and engaging lyrics, overpass has an ever-growing fanbase. The latest addition to their well-received discography is the single ‘Otherside of Midnight’.
The sophomore single from overpass, ‘Otherside of Midnight’ is a superb combination of pounding drums, powerful guitars and bold vocals. Slightly heavier with more rock-influenced instrumentation, the track showcases the robust side of overpass. Yes, this is only their second single; however, the band shows sophistication in melody and lyricism far beyond their years.
An upbeat track, it is easy to lose yourself in the buoyant swirl of sound. The thing is, while there is joviality to the melody, the lyricism showcases the depth of content. Touching on elements of powerlessness, confusion, isolation and anxiety, ‘Otherside of Midnight’ looks at the grittiness of life. Yet, while there is a darker undertone, the energetic tone of the track adds sincerity and Newbold’s vocals leave a lingering sense of optimism.
“‘Otherside of Midnight’ encapsulates the struggle of wanting to help someone help themselves… It’s about asking someone to take the hand that’s being offered to them, knowing that you can’t make someone feel better, but you can try to show them that you’re there. Despite the darker theme, the message is a positive one: that when you’re feeling down you have people there who care enough to try to help. We hoped to capture the relief that can come with letting go of a false sense of control over life and instead embracing the possibilities… There is an ‘other’ side to the darkness of midnight.” – overpass on ‘Otherside of Midnight’
Reminiscent of Oasis, Coldplay and The Strokes, ‘Otherside of Midnight’ is a nod to British indie-rock. While I enjoyed every second of this empowering track, it is Rawlings’s guitar solos and Newbold’s Liam Gallagher-esque vocals that stick in my mind.