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A few months into 2011 and the country’s favourite new band is now, quite clearly, The Overtones, a five-part vocal harmony group that serves to remind us of the one thing in music nobody can ever really tire of: the power of the voice.
The Overtones are five young men from England, Ireland and Australia. All of them sing impeccably – they could sing the phonebook and give it melody – and, as luck would have it, they photograph well, too. Collectively, they are as much a throwback to the timeless appeal of doo-wop and Motown as they are to modern day R&B and pop. Check the ample evidence on YouTube: there can be few outfits about today who can equip themselves in both The Chords’ 1954 classic Sh-Boom and Lady Gaga’s Just Dance, but this lot can nail both with perfect élan, and flair to spare.
In the few months since its release, the band’s debut album Good Ol’ Fashioned Love, has now sold hundreds of thousands of copies, a feat largely achieved not through a massive advertising campaign but rather word-of-mouth. You can’t listen to it without tapping your feet and, as Lachlan ‘Lachie’ Chapman, the Australian, puts it: “It puts a smile on your face, and a bit of sunshine into your day.”
The man has a point.