Wednesday 19th February sees the return of five-piece vocal harmony group The Overtones as they take their place on the stage of the Ulster Hall, Belfast. After over 500,000 sales of their two hit albums ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’ and ‘Higher’, The Overtones released their brand new album ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’in November 2013.
A glorious celebration of some of the most loved songs in cinematic history, the sixteen-track album finds The Overtones reinvigorating iconic songs from famous films such as Grease, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Cocktail and The Jungle Book with their own timeless sense of style.
“We see from our concerts that our fans want to get up, dance and have a great night out,” explains Lachie Chapman. “So we’ve worked really hard to get the real stonkers in there – the songs that will put a smile of people’s faces and a dance-step in their feet.”
“I think the lads are going to love singing along and pretending they’re a crooner, and the girls are going to love playing it on a hen night,” adds Darren Everest.“We’ve really found our feet with our upbeat signature sound.”
Commencing with a joyous interpretation of the title track, the album’s numerous highlights include a fresh reworking of ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ that encompasses the quartet’s vintage five-part vocal harmonies; a hi-octane blast through the Blues Brothers’ classic ‘Shake A Tail Feather’; and the boys’ energetic take on ‘Do You Love Me’. It also features a very special guest in the shape of modern soul star and multiple MOBO winner Beverley Knight on ‘Hit The Road Jack’.
One of the album’s biggest surprises comes with a version of Barry Mann’s 1961 single ‘Who Put The Bomp’, which inspired ‘We Go Together’, the much-loved finale from Grease. The Overtones’ version ultimately merges into its more celebrated cousin as Timmy Matley leads the boys through a few lines of the unforgettable “we’ll always be together” hook. In addition, ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ also includes three of the band’s own brand new compositions in the shape of ‘Miss Hollywood’, ‘All About You’ and ‘Superstar’ which fit seamlessly into the album’s concept.
Renowned for the tight vocal harmonies and easy-going charm that feature in their live shows, The Overtones’ biggest dates in the capital include headline shows at the London Palladium and the Hammersmith Apollo. Their successful UK and Ireland tour in support of ‘Higher’ featured twenty-seven shows stretching fromAberdeen to Plymouth via Dublin. Word of their talents is also spreading internationally following shows in Europe and South Africa, as well as the emergence of local fan-clubs in Brazil, Japan, USA, Argentina and Indonesia.