If you like ripping rock & roll that's built to be blasted with the pedal to the floor in a Seventies muscle car, then turn off Tool's Fear Inoculum and grab a copy of Overdose's new Hit the Road 7-inch, streaming in full here at Revolver. The band features members of Speedwolf, Mutilation Rites and Pyrolatrous, and while the influences on this release are fairly obvious — bands like Motörhead, Girlschool, Venom and Midnight are all part of the conversation — what the NYC-based four-piece do the best isn't just recreate a style, but capture the dangerous spirit of it all. "Took the Deal" and "Hit the Road" are perfect for breaking glass, shotgunning beers and causing general mayhem — basically, the perfect soundtrack for Labor Day Weekend.
"Our second single is more of the same," admits vocalist-guitarist Reed Bruemmer. "One fast song. One mid-paced. All of our influences released singles for years before their debut full-length, so why wouldn't we? Rock & roll in heavy small format at optimum 45 RPM."
Blast Hit the Road below. You can order the 7-inch, as well as their previous one, via Bruemmer's own Splattered Records.
Our take: Second single from this Motorcharged band from New York. “Hit the Road” comes out of the gate with fire, opening with a blistering lead that walks the (thin) line between prime-era Motorhead and Scandinavian Jawbreaker-era Anti-Cimex. There are a lot of bands who have done this Motorhead-inspired sound over the years, but Overdose is a standout, capturing the punk energy that you want, packing their songs with exciting part after exciting part (there’s even a SECOND guitar solo in “Hit the Road”!), and delivering the whole thing with a thick layer of grime that makes you feel like you’re watching them bash it out in a damp basement at 1AM when everyone is bleary-eyed, drunk, and raging. The b-side is more mid-paced but just as raging, and slacker pace gives the guitarist room to deliver a more melodic lead. This record is a total ripper.