Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Overcoats.
This whole growing up lark is a bit of a pain, isn’t it. From dodgy fashion decisions at Tammy Girl haunting people well into their adulthood (thanks a bloody bunch, Facebook memories!) to the lingering regret of an especially emo MSN name, it’s a rough ride with many hiccups along the way.
It’s a journey that Overcoats dissect in razor-sharp fashion on their upcoming debut album ‘Young’; so-produced by Dirty Projectors desk-manner Nicolas Vernhes, and Autre Ne Veut. It’s out on 21st April through Arts & Crafts. The latest singe-based slice, ‘Nighttime Hunger’ captures late night doubts, with a sprinkle of desire mixed in for good measure. It’s an addictive doozy of a track.
Hailing from New York, the duo met as teenagers at college, and have been working together ever since. Drenched in harmonies, and powered by an unstoppable ear for melody, ‘Nighttime Hunger’ is today’s Neu Pick. Listen to it below.
We also had a chat to the band’s JJ and Hana, about subjects ranging from debut albums, to, erm…actual overcoats.
So, time for the classic opening question - how did you lot meet, exactly?
JJ: We met in our freshmen dorm at college about 6 years ago! Hana looked like a hippie and I was like, I want to be friends with that girl.
Hana: Yeah, JJ looked really badass so I pursued that friendship.
JJ: We met very early on in our college experience and discovered that we both loved to sing, and that we both loved to sing Amy Winehouse. And the rest is history.
How many overcoats would you say you own collectively, between you?
Hana: The number is too embarrassing to share…We probably own like 30 coats between us. We have a problem.
JJ: First step is admitting you have a problem. We just love coats. We don’t buy expensive ones, most of them are grimey thrift store finds! But still, we can’t stop.
Hana: Can’t stop, won’t stop. We love coats and that actually is part of why we’re called Overcoats. We love to be bundled up, protected.
JJ: Yes, the name came from wanting a protective layer of armor from which we could release quite vulnerable music.
What’s your favourite snack to eat when you’re experiencing ‘Nighttime Hunger’?
JJ: We used to binge eat cheese doodles. Now, we’re on the straight and narrow.
Hana: Yeah we now stick to more acceptable baked potato snacks, like your run-of-the-mill salt and vinegar chips.
JJ: We also love a good protein bar. Those keep us going on tour. We’ve recently added “1 ripe mango” to our hospitality rider for venues.
Hana: We’ll see if they actually provide one for us. We don’t even ask for any alcohol or a full meal. Just chips and 1 ripe mango. We’re very healthy.
You’ve got a debut album coming out later this Spring - are you excited to be a ‘band with an album’?
Hana: It’s definitely going to be better than being a ‘band without an album.’ This interim period is hilarious, because we’ve wiped all of our old music off the internet to make room for the new stuff. So when we play shows between now and April 21st (our release date), people are like, OMG, where can we hear your music?! And we’re like, nowhere!!!!
JJ: We’re so excited for people to hear what we’ve been working on. We’ve done a lot of growing up since we started - so many of our life experiences over the past two years inspired these songs.
You’re releasing your debut ‘Young’ on Arts & Crafts; are you a fan of doing crafts generally as a hobby, and if so, what’s your favourite?
JJ: We are HUGE crafters. It’s actually unbelievably appropriate that we’ve signed with Arts & Crafts.
Hana: We paint, we draw, we sew, we knit…next up, knitting full overcoats.
Overcoats are set to play the following UK shows.
24 St Pancras Old Church, London
26 Manchester, Dot to Dot
27 Bristol, Dot to Dot
28 Nottingham, Dot to Dot