OVERLAPS: Leaving Strong Messages

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Italian alternative rock quartet Overlaps has recently launched their full-length debut album ‘In Your Room’ via Time to Kill Records. In a new interview for Prog Sphere the band talks about the creative process behind the album, influences, technology and more.

Define the mission of Overlaps.

Music for us is a sort of a mission, that’s why we wanna leave a strong message to the people and they can find themselves in our songs. We wanna transmit our energy in our songs and above all, on stage, and get it back from the audience.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent album “In Your Room” and the themes it captures. Describe the approach to recording the album.

The creative process of the album: We often started from some of Gloria’s ideas: piano or guitar parts, some vocal melodies, and lyrics. Marco (our guitarist) arranged all the songs. He played all guitars parts, synths, and electronic instruments. After the first “demo”, we added the rhythm. We each live in different cities, so the first samples of almost all the songs were written separated. At the end, we had some rehearsal time together and make some modifications to structure or rhythm fill to build a good dynamic and mix. Next we worked with the artistic producer, Franco Fraccastoro, making some additional electronic sounds, rhythm fills, and changed the structure a little to make the songs catchier. When the all parts were okay we made the official recording session; starting from drums, then guitar, synths, vocals, and bass. We recorded 3 songs with the producer in Pescara (PE) at Am Lab Recording Studio, and then the rest of the album in Noale (VE) at Ram Recording Studio. We had the opportunity to work with Jesse Vainio from Finland (sound engineer of many big bands like The Rasmus, Apocalyptica, Sunrise Avenue and many more) to mix and master the album.

The themes of the songs are different:

“Wait for me” talks about opportunities, to live one’s passions fully, not to let them escape and to wake up every day in a different place with new opportunities.

“Who I am” was written in a personal way by Gloria, who finds on stage that unconditional love for music, driven by the exchange of energy with the audience, which goes beyond everything, every emotion, every feeling.

“Queen of peace”, written in London, has a more pop momentum. The English metropolis, which enjoys many corners of peace, becomes the subject of a metaphor to underline that the search for serenity can also find a place within us.

The lyrics of the other pieces are at times poetic and metaphorical, with references to decadent poetry: Baudelaire’s “Spleen” and the evanescent images of Tim Burton’s cinematography are an example.

There is no shortage of riffs and pressing refrains as in “Your eyes”, “Mr Right” and “Wasted”.

“No way” and “I don’t need” present stronger themes, such as the search for one’s independence through the elimination of prejudices, fears, needs, and deleterious attachments. “In this Room”, the first single of the album, contains the meaning of the desire to leave your room, from your own comfort zone, from the “bubble” where it all began.

Overlaps - In Your Room

What is the message you are trying to give with “In Your Room”? 

It is strange because the title of the new album IN YOUR ROOM and the first single IN THIS ROOM represents a metaphorical “cage”, similar to the situation we are currently living in. The image of the room has two different meanings: a place where people are free to create arts in general and a safe place for themselves, but also a fake reality due to a social media addiction.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated? 

We made some pics and videos during the recording session to share with our fans on social media.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

We worked a lot on it during the pre-production of the album, starting from the basic armonies and melodies of the songs. We started to build a “row” structure with piano and vocals or guitar and vocals, then adding guitar parts and riffs, rhythm, bass and electronic sounds. After the first sample we always try to see if everything is flowing in a good way.

How long “In Your Room” was in the making?

The songwriting of the album started at the end of 2018 and  January 2019, then we recorded the first “demo” of the whole album in Jun 2019. The first single was recorded in July. The final recording session started from the end of September till  Christams time. The mix and master of the album were ready for the end of January 2020.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release? 

We are inspired by some new bands such as Nothing But Thieves, Pvris, Imagine Dragons, Marmozets, Tonight Alive, Halestorm, Dream State, Pretty Reckless, Normandie, Awaken I Am. Other big bands that inspire our music a lor are: The Muses , Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Paramore, Rammstein.

What is your view on technology in music?

The use of technology to compose music is at least one of the most important things nowadays. We live not so closed to each other, so often, we must create our songs remotely. The use technology such social media platform is a good way to promote your music everywhere. So, it is easier to reach agency, contacts in general and stay more close to the fans. The point is that we are many, so it is easily to catch different bands and music at the same time, but maybe it is hard to emerge. Another negative point is that today you can find for free your music on Spotify, so maybe it is good to reach more listeners but at the end, you could sell less albums, but we take the best advantages of it.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Yes definitely, some of the lyrics are true stories, experience, situations, thoughts where people can find themselves.

What are your plans for the future?

We would like to promote our new album live, hopefully a tour around Europe next season.

We are already writing new songs, so maybe a third album?

In Your Room is out now via Time to Kill Records; order it from this location. Follow Overlaps on Facebook.

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