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So Much Power, So Little Time

January 26th, 2009 · post by Chris Walktall · Make a comment

Overthrow are a four piece punk/rock/reggae band from Guildford and ‘So Much Power, So Little Time’ is their second self-released offering after a 16 date Brighton to Dundee tour. They compare themselves to “Sublime, RX Bandits, Foo Fighters and The Police”. This does not however reflect their pop-punk leanings, and there’s a healthy dose of Useless I.D. and spades of No Use For A Name at points (‘Take Me Away’).

But their most obvious influence is RX Bandits, with some of the transitions from pop-punk to techy-ska sounding like it’s just been lifted from a RXB album (‘All It Will Ever Be’). That’s no terrible thing, Howard’s Alias are massively influenced by RXB.

The lyrics are OK, ranging from personal stuff, to political, and strangely to an argument about the sixth form common-room over some perceived wrong-doing; and the production and packaging is decent and better and more professional than many self-released CDs. They’re accomplished musicians, with pretty guitar lines, good vocals and an excellent drummer. My only real criticism is they are not up to the illustrious company they put themselves in, but good for a local group and one to keep an eye on.

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