"Earthquake in the Sky" from the album Overstood
After tightening up, expanding a colorful set list of originals and renditions, and developing a distinctive reggae-rock style, local combo Overstood is ready to thank their friends and fans and say "farewell" this weekend. "It's going to be a blast," says lead guitarist Charlie Thompson. A veteran Charleston musician who previously jammed with Flyin' Blind and '80s bar band the Parrots, Charlie is the dad in Overstood. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Cortie Thompson and bassist/vocalist Matty Thompson are the two sons at the stage front.
"We're all looking forward to it and expect a great crowd," says Charlie. "After two years trying to make it as a full-time musician, Cortie is moving to Atlanta and taking a fellowship in health administration at Emory University. Matty is going strong with the local band Plainfield Project."
Fortunately, the band's split is totally amicable and partly academic in nature. "Cortie's been studying over the last year and a half," says his father. "I'm really proud of him. I'm sure he'll cook something up musically in Atlanta after he's settled in."
Overstood stayed busy on the local scene over the last three years, usually with a set of melodic, guitar-driven original songs and funky reworkings of reggae, soul, and classic rock favorites. Their tunes were groovy enough to please jam band scenesters, yet the band was comfortable with the Eagles/Paul Simon side of pop songwriting as well. In 2007, they released a self-produced, self-titled album (the CD release gig at O'Malley's was a major bash).
Drummer Evan Bivins (formerly of Jump, Little Children, currently residing in Chicago) plans on making the trip down to the IOP for the show on Saturday. "Evan was our drummer for about a year," says Charlie. "We plan to have several sit-ins — most notably from the Plainfield Project — but there will be a ton of our musician friends there as well, so you never know." —T. Ballard Lesemann