The Oversight hails from Boston and through the release of a couple of singles has been gaining quite a bit of attention it seems. They now release debut EP Far From Gone and having been quite captivated by its accomplished sound and skilled mesh of alternative rock and pop punk, it is not too hard to see why people are drawn to the band.
The band consists of vocalist/bassist Lucas Edwards, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Watanabe, lead guitarist Maggie Fraser, and drummer Josh Parra, a group of students at Berklee College of Music. Taking inspirations from the likes of Mayday Parade, You Me At Six, Go Radio, Angels & Airwaves, Brand New, The Wonder Years, and Paradise Fears into their compositions, The Oversight has had references to bands such as The Gaslight Anthem and Pierce The Veil, another influence, cast over them. A pair of singles earlier in the year in the shape of When 5 AM Turns and Far From Gone made potent teasers and attention grabbing lures to the new EP. Its quintet of tracks, which includes those two songs, carries on the strong emergence of the band, all soaked in a promise and craft which suggests bright horizons ahead for the Massachusetts quartet.
The track Collective starts things off, the relatively short song an introduction to the emotional intent of the release. With a spoken narrative over a melodic weave which increases in intensity and passion, it is a decent start to the encounter if not fully convincing. That reservation is soon lost with the entry of Black & White. A lone guitar and the potent voice of Edwards make the first coaxing before the song opens out with bold rhythms and a wash of melodic enterprise which lures in even closer attention. The track does not explode in action at any point but ebbs and flows in energy and intensity with a skilled touch. It continues to stroll engagingly, providing a firmer rock invention entwined with an infectious pop punk relish which never breaks free of its rein but tempts throughout the highly enjoyable song.
The following Love Is A Fiction similarly makes a low key entrance, a guitar stroking ears with a jangling persuasion as keys add their respectful reflection to the growing presence of the track. Vocally Edwards again impresses, strongly backed by the tones of Watanabe, whilst the imaginative weave of melodies and understated hooks make for a compelling enticement. As its predecessor, the song does not exactly light a flame in ears or passions but certainly has them enthralled by its intelligent design and skilful presentation, increasingly more so as it grows and impresses the more you share time with its open qualities.
When 5 AM Turns soon shows why it made a great impression with its release earlier in the year. Once more there is a slow coaxing to start things off, something the band seems to like employing, before the track erupts into an exciting stomp of crisp and muscular rhythms against stirring riffs and melodically sculpted hooks. That alone wakes up a real appetite for the encounter, a hunger enthused further by the sweep of strings which add provocative texture and adventure to the proposition. There is an invention to the song too which, less open on its predecessors, just lifts ears and satisfaction up in its persuasive arms.
The title track brings the release to a close, and yes it makes a gentle first beckoning before a rhythmic teasing leads into a blaze of raw riffs and a melody fuelled maze of enterprise. Featuring guest vocals from AJ Perdomo of The Dangerous Summer, the track virtually dances on ears; it’s at times skittish gait and thrust of passionate intensity adding to the drama and lure of the song. Though not quite matching the previous track, it shows more of the strengths of the band in songwriting and their undeniable potential to help ensure a healthy anticipation of their adventures ahead is left behind.
For pop punk with a fresh rock and emotional instinct, The Oversight is a band to watch and their first offering something worthy of spending plenty of time with. There will be good times ahead with the band you suspect.
The self-released Far From Gone EP is available now @ http://www.theoversight.bandcamp.com/
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