Solid State Records has announced the signing of Arkansas road warriors THE OVERSEER. The surging hard rock outfit has been dominating the Southern underground circuit as of late with a relentless touring schedule and a rousing catalog of pummeling riffage, savage breakdowns and vocal cord-rupturing vocals. Inspired by bands like THRICE and UNDEROATH, THE OVERSEER has three goals with its music: to elevate, to transport the listener to a place that's emotionally honest ... and to stir up one hell of a mess in the moshpit.
All of those elements are on full display in the band's debut single "Secrets", available for download on iTunes. The song is the first taste of THE OVERSEER's as-yet-untitled debut album, being recorded now in Atlanta's Glow In The Dark Studios.
"Everyone almost always has a secret or something to hide, and it eats you up inside," says vocalist Anthony Rivera of "Secrets". "The best thing to do is to let it out — to 'come clean,' as the end of the song proclaims. The song is a good blend of our heavier side, which is everyone's initial take on the band, and a bit of our softer side which I feel really bleeds out well in our upcoming debut record!"
Proving they've got the work ethic to back up their talent, THE OVERSEER have spent 400 days over the last two years touring as an unsigned band and winning over the fans the good, old-fashioned way: by playing their hearts out and grabbing listeners by the throat with an artful brand of dynamic, hard-hitting rock. It's been a fruitful run for THE OVERSEER — if not always glamorous. “There's really nothing like sleeping in a van in a different Walmart parking lot every night and showering once a week — or less,” laughs bassist Bradley Riggs.
The sacrifices paid off when the band achieved one of the goals the members had set from the beginning — getting signed to Solid State Records.
"Growing up, I would buy any record they put out and was never disappointed," vocalist Anthony Rivera says of his new label home. "Signing with them has been a dream come true."
"THE OVERSEER'S commitment to touring and their exciting live shows over the past couple years made them stand out to me," says Solid State A&R rep Adam Skatula. "They're able to stay on the road all year, and the energy in the room when they play is truly remarkable. After hearing the first few tracks from their debut record, we're extremely proud to have them be a part of the Solid State family."