Introducing their single, “Another You,” Ovrhol rocked Whiskey Tango in Hollywood, Fla.
Eventually, it was an electrifying night, the crowd rocking along the guitar riffs singing the well known covers and humming along the band’s new original songs. If something characterizes this Miami rock band, is their capacity of turning the crowd into fans and the fans into friends. Influenced by artists like Led Zeppelin and The Foo Fighters, Ovrhol compositions are a combination of classic and progressive rock rhythms.
Some of their most important accomplishments since the beginning of the year, include the video release of their first single “Another You” from the album ’Becoming’, the first live appearance at the SXSW Music Conference and the endorsement of S.D.R. and T-Watts amplifiers. Hence, hard work has paid off and their next big step is Ovrhol’s first show at the Otto’s Shrunken Head bar in the Big Apple. Playing New York is indeed a major step for the group as they see a vast opportunity in a market they haven’t experienced in the past.
Ovrhol is comprised of vocalist and guitarist Richard Rey, lead guitarist Alex Zuniga, bassist Landy Gimenez and drummer Bill Gato. To learn more about one of Miami’s own, visit Ovrhol official website, also, their music can be found in iTunes and Spotify among other streaming providers.
Valeria Andrade: First of all, why the name Ovrhol? What does it mean?
Richard Rey: When I first started forming the band –I forgot what name I had chosen– a friend of mine calls me up and she asked what this band is about? so I said to her “essentially the band is about a bunch of guys dissatisfied of working regular jobs, who have a real passion for music and they are trying to change their lives.” Then, after a couple of days suggested Overhaul. Ovrhol is actually the phonetic pronunciation.
V.A.: Who are Ovrhol’s original members?
R.R.: We are the original members of the band. All of the songs were written in one way or another by the current members of Ovrhol.
V.A.: Why did you choose “Another You” as the first single?
R.R.: We felt it was the most accessible song that most people were going to hear and say “wow you know I can listen to this song.”
Bill Gato: “Another You” it’s a great song, it’s very catchy, and it’s very heartfelt. I think people relate to that and I think everybody’s had a broken heart.
V.A.: How was your experience at SXSW?
Landy Gimenez: It was an experience literally at another level. Every corner you went there were 4 or 5 bands playing. The festival was huge, so much fun.
R.R: Besides, that’s where we met Jack Kay, who owns T-Watts amplifiers and we spent a few hours just talking amps. This guy loves his amp; he loves his amps like we love our music. Also, I remember when he unveiled his amp to me; I thought just by looking at it, this is amazing, it felt like a work of art. So, we reconnected again when we went to Louisiana, at the Cutting Edge Music Festival.
V.A.: Alex, I know you’re very excited about your guitars, is that another Ovrhol endorsement?
Alex Zuniga.: Yes, Sean saw Ovrhol when performing at another festival and when I came back to the band, Richard introduced him to me. He asked me, “if I make you a guitar, whatever you want, will you play it?” so I said of course, yes. S.D.R. guitars have built customized guitars for Richard and me. Currently, Ovrhol is endorsed by T-Watts amplifiers and S.D.R. Guitars.
V.A.: What’s next for Ovrhol?
R.R.: This band is not known for resting very much, while we are in the process of producing a video for the next single -which I think is going to be ‘The Man.’- We are in the process of recording a song which will only be available on our website. The name of the song is “I Want You to Go”. Also, we are definitely thinking 6 months in advance and the possibility of releasing our next album.