Overlake, Lasting Impressions, Burley Starns

Overlake

Lasting Impressions

Burley Starns

Fri · May 5, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$6.00 - $8.00

This event is 21 and over

Overlake
Overlake
Indie / Alternative / Shoegaze from Jersey City NJ

Overlake was formed in late 2012 in Jersey City, NJ, after founders Tom Barrett (guitar, vocals) and Lysa Opfer (bass, backing vocals) discovered they had something special. “We were both in another band together, but would stay after practice and mess around and jam and stuff. We just clicked and started writing the songs we knew were always meant to write.” Those songs—characterized by catchy harmonies, gauzy melodies, and reverberating walls of sound—were imbued by the duo’s mutual love of college rock from the late 80’s/early 90’s and provided the foundation for the band’s nine-track debut album, Sighs (April 2014).

“While the influences [My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo,
Sonic Youth] are apparent, Barrett and Opfer take a
different path with them, and their vocal interplay
really makes things appealing. Sighs is a warm and fuzzy treat.
(Like an autumn sweater? Perhaps.)”
–Brooklyn Vegan

Through a mutual friend, they located powerhouse drummer Nick D’Amore, whose ferocity added a unique strength and energy to the band’s sound.

Overlake will be touring in the spring of 2017 in support of their forthcoming record. Details will be announced soon!​
Lasting Impressions
Lasting Impressions
Instrumental post-rock band from Birmingham AL
Burley Starns
Burley Starns
Southern Shoegaze Psychedelic Rock from Birmingham AL

Singer/guitarist/lyricist Tyler Joseph Evans returned from Afghanistan in 2010 and decided that life was too short not to pursue one's passion. After one album as guitarist/singer/founding member of national touring act The Dirty Clergy, Evans split for a year in Texas working in an oil field. He would spend this time polishing his craft and writing several songs that would eventually serve as the foundation of Burley Starns.

Upon returning home to Alabama, Evans came together with close friends Alex Langley and Eric "Keeb" Keebler. Langley, a man revered among his peers for his proficiency in guitar, drums, and studio engineering, brought a level of excitement to the band's performances on drums. Keeb would further fortify the band's originality with his unique, melodic, effects-driven take on bass guitar. The three-piece then began rehearsing in the basement of Norris Music in the small town of Winfield, AL, where the next two years would be spent fine-tuning their sound.

As far as genre labels go, Burley Starns can best be described as "Southern Shoegaze." Melding influences such as band favorites Sparklehorse, Radiohead, and the Seattle scene of the 90s, adding in a touch of psychedelia, and embracing an inescapable Southern swagger, Burley Starns performs original songs that are sincere, mesmerizing, and endearing. It sounds at once rudimentary and raw like early grunge and at the same time sophisticated in arrangement, mature, and futuristic. There is just something oddly poetic about Evans' lyrics. He incorporates a wide spectrum of subject matter from science and pop culture such as astrophysics and time travel ("Supermassive," "Space Car"), a popular animated TV show ("King Worm," "Wizard Eyes"), George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 ("Winston"). He isn't afraid to get personal either as shown in songs such as "Favorite Thing (Keelie's Song)," which is dedicated to his daughter, and "Timmy of the Night," about a close friend's dealings in methamphetamine.
Sensing that the time for a public unveiling was approaching, the band decided on the name Burley Starns. Adopting the namesake of an Evans family friend was no light matter. According to Evans himself:

"Burley Starns, the man, actually introduced my parents to each other way back in the day. So, in a way, there would be no "us" without him. These songs wouldn't exist. When people come out to a venue to see us, they wouldn't be there if not for the actions of this guy over 30 years ago. Our name is kind of a testament to the butterfly effect, how one seemingly insignificant action that was just a tiny drop in space-time long, long ago continues to have a far-reaching, ripple effect on the rest of the universe."
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205
http://www.thenickrocks.com/