City Paper May 30, 2007
If the Charleston music
scene has a signature sound, Overstood represent it well. Following
in the footsteps of Uncle Mingo, Hootie, and the Blue Dogs, their
self-titled debut continues the Lowcountry tradition of simple acoustic
funk/rock. Local music stalwart Charlie Thompson formed the band
with sons Cortie and Matt, and the family cohesiveness is evident.
Daddy Thompson shows off well on the album, holding down J.J. Cale-esque
licks on "Another Thing Comin'" and opening "One
and Done" with an impressive display of slide-work. They wear
their influences on their sleeves, though. The rap in "Kitty
Litter" sounds like a direct take on Jack Johnson's "Rodeo
Clowns," and covering a full verse of "Get Up, Stand Up"
on their track "War" works in a live show, but seems odd
here. Overstood's songs are hardly exploratory, but their groovable
originals and positive lyrics put them light years ahead of many
in Charleston. (www.overstood.net). —Stratton Lawrence
Overstood perform at
the Silver Dollar on Thurs. May 31 and at Johnson's Pub on Fri.
Crowded or not, Overstood still jams
By Devin Grant
Special to The Post and
Thursday, November 29,
For a performer in any branch of the arts, attitude is always important.
The way one reacts to
fame, fortune and success is often directly related to how one first
handles obscurity, poverty and adversity.
I've seen a lot of things
over the years while attending shows, but one thing that always
impresses me is a band that plays its heart out, even if no one
is listening — or even if no one is there. The biggest, most
mainstream example that I have personally witnessed happened about
15 years ago, when INXS played at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The band was touring
in support of the album "Full Moon Dirty Hearts," arguably
one of the band's low points, and when the show started, there were,
if I remember correctly, less than 1,000 people in the venue. Can
you imagine walking out on stage in a coliseum that holds 12,000,
and seeing everyone bunched up against the stage? I would certainly
be bummed out.
INXS, which at the time
still featured a very alive Michael Hutchence, might have been collectively
bummed out as well, but you'd never know it from the show the band
proceeded to unleash. That Australia '80s iconic rock outfit blew
the roof off the place. There may have been only a few hundred people,
but to INXS those were paying customers who deserved a good performance.
I was always a fan of INXS, but I had newfound respect for the band
after that. Then, of course, they had to go and do that insipid
"Rock Star" reality series a few years ago, but that's
The local band Overstood
isn't exactly INXS. I think even the band will tell you that.
Still, last Saturday
night at the Windjammer, when faced with a crowd of only a couple
dozen patrons who seemed more interested in the Auburn vs. Alabama
football game than what was going on up on the stage, Overstood
held its ground and played as if the venue was hosting a Hannah
The cards were stacked
against Overstood from the get-go. It was Thanksgiving weekend,
meaning folks were either traveling or recovering from Thursday's
feast and Friday's shopping.
Add to the mix the fact
that it was the weekend of the Clemson-Carolina football game, and
it was easy to see why most venues that weren't sports bars were
empty. Despite that fact, Overstood performed a full set of its
upbeat guitar rock, and kept a great attitude on display throughout
Overstood is a family
affair, with guitarist Charlie Thompson sharing the stage with his
sons, guitarist Cortie and bassist Matt. Former Jump band member
Evan Bivins sits behind the drum kit, rounding out the lineup.
Local music fans might
recognize the name Charlie Thompson from his former band, Flying
Blind. Thompson balances a full-time day job with his love of music,
and apparently his passion rubbed off on his sons. Overstood has
a listener-friendly sound that reminds me of bands such as Evan
and Jaron or Sister Hazel. All three Thompson men handle vocal duties,
depending on the song. At Saturday night's show the band played
spirited originals, such as "Imaginary Friend," "Lovin'
Life," and "Cramp My Style," and threw in a few well-chosen
covers by artists such as Steve Miller, Pepper, Jason Mraz and Deep
Overstood's cover of
Deep Purple's "Hush" was particularly interesting. I have
become so used to hearing that song with Deep Purple's keyboards,
so hearing it done by just guitars, bass and drums was different.
I also enjoyed Charlie Thompson singing on the reggae-influenced
"I Can't Survive."
What I enjoyed most about
Overstood though, was the can-do attitude the band displayed. The
band members kept things loose and enjoyable, and you have to love
a band whose microphone stands all feature matching drink holders.
I look forward to seeing Overstood again in the future, perhaps
again at the Jammer on a weekend when there are not so many alternative
In the meantime, this
band is a great example of how the right attitude can speak volumes,
even if there is nobody there to hear. Somewhere in rock-'n'-roll
heaven, Michael Hutchence is smiling approvingly.
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