Band Spotlight: Overrider

By Dom Smith
By March 28, 2020 Band, Spotlight

Enigmatic, and dark. Exactly what we dig. Check out Overrider.

S] What inspires you guys outside of music – think specific people, places and things, movies for example?

Speaking for myself only, living in Manchester means you’re close to Derbyshire and the Peak District. I love cycling in the hills. Apart from that, honestly it would probably be computer programming, and the lisp language in general. If you spend a lot of your creative time in a very abstract place, I think it bleeds back into other stuff, like music.

S] What are the biggest challenges you have as a band right now?

Well, obviously it’s Covid-19 – it’s cost me my job already, haha. We’re still not sure what effect this will have on the release, and it’s meant that we’ve shelved any live plans for the moment. That might be a bit of a blessing in disguise though, as for some of the more complex tracks we haven’t yet worked out how to re-create them live anyway.

S] How do you define success?

It’s cheesy, but if people get something from the music we make, that’s success.

S] On the subject of films, if you could wipe the soundtrack of any film, and replace it with your sounds, which film would you pick and why?

Argh, that’s hard. Personally I’ve always loved the film Sunshine, and although I don’t think you can beat the score by John Murphy and Underworld, it turns out that our song Wings Over the World syncs up surprisingly well with the ‘Capa’s Jump’ scene. Thanks for the idea – maybe we’ll do a cut of that!

S] What would you say the Overrider mission statement is at this point?

Fuck despair, fuck austerity, fuck short-term thinking, help your community, protect the NHS, punch Nazis and start a band.

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