Words: Kelly Ronaldson
April 20th will see the worldwide release of Is This Growing Up? – the debut album from Italian rockers OVER. It’s refreshing to find a female-fronted rock outfit that doesn’t sound like a Paramore tribute band, and OVER manage to neatly side-step that, instead sitting perfectly next to the likes of Flyleaf and Skillet (if Korey and Jen primarily took over on vocals).
The album opens with instrumental intro track Growing Up, bearing a slight resemblance to metal band Apocalyptica, before breaking into the next track, Wrong For You. Combining fast, atmospheric riffs with intense drum beats and impressive vocals from Linda Battilani, it’s an infectious track – a great start for a debut.
Let It Go takes more of a Halestorm approach when it comes to vocals, starting off with chanty ‘oh-oh-oh’s before a Lzzy Hale-eqsue voice echoes between melodic riffs. Fourth track, The Promise and brings us into an alternative-rock-meets-pop-punk sounds, starting off with fast piano and beautiful picks at an acoustic before crashing into an upbeat, catchy riff.
Tracks like Sixteen and Brand New Day may disappoint some of the heavier fans, but they’re an impressive feat nonetheless. The Last Time sounds like some of Flyleaf’s softer tracks – as does The Fight if you had Jared Leto writing the music behind the vocals – and you can almost hear Lacey Sturm in Linda’s vocals. Finally, the record closes with the anthemic instrumental outro Survivor.
After an extended period of live shows in 2014 (that, remarkably, consisted of just short of 100 gigs throughout the year) OVER will be touring the UK four the first time throughout April and May. Dates are as follows:
April 24 – Worksop, The Frog
April 25 – Bolton, The Alma Inn
April 26 – Gateshead, Black Bull
April 27 – Dundee, Buskers
April 28 – Glasgow, Bloc
April 29 – Southampton, Talking Heads
May 1 – Whitchurch, Percy’s
May 2 – London, TBA