Our very own Tim Dodderidge recently had the chance to chat with Christian metal rockers The Overseer. Check out the interview as they discuss the band’s new album We Search, We Dig, the message behind their music, getting signed to Solid State Records, and more!
MEB: So you guys are currently on tour with War of Ages. How is that going?
It’s going pretty good! Everyone on the tour is a blast to hang out with so it’s been fun.
The band is typically on the road a lot. What is the reasoning behind such a grueling tour schedule?
This is what we feel we’re called to do – to be on the road meeting new people and being an encouragement any way we can.
How did you get noticed by Solid State Records (and eventually get signed)?
We played Lifelight festival in South Dakota and our A&R, Adam, just so happened to be there. He said he really liked our set and what we were about.
You just released your debut full-length We Search, We Dig on Solid State Records. How has the reception been by fans and critics, and has the reception affected you guys? Why?
Everything has been really positive so far! We didn’t know what old fans were going to think since some of the songs aren’t as “metal” as our previous releases but, we were surprised to not hear any negative feedback thus far.
What was the writing/recording experience like for your new record? Did you write and record everything together?
We did pre-pro with Jerrod Naff at ZombieLife Studios so when we got to Glow in the Dark [Studios], we had all the songs and most of the melodies set. Darren [King, guitarist/vocalist] usually demos out songs and brings them to the table. Then, we will build off the idea collectively.
Is there a concept surrounding We Search, We Dig? If so, what is the premise behind this concept?
Just to search for more. Search for hope. Don’t stay where you are. Keep striving to grow as a person.
What kind of message do you want listeners to get out of your music?
That God is the only one that can save you and rebuild you.
What song off the new record do you think best represents who you guys are as a band and why?
“Amend” because it captures the heavy and melodic sides of our band.
I can sense numerous styles and elements packed into your sound. What are your biggest influences, and how did you find your sound with these influences being a part of you?
Thrice, UnderOath, Deftones, As Cities Burn. We can all agree that those are some of our favorite bands. We like how experimental they are. They are heavy and melodic at the same time. We wanted to have the same concept as our favorite bands but still have our own sound.
On your Facebook page, you say “Religion is Dead.” Being a Christian band and all, what do you mean by this?
There’s a quote that says, “Religion is what’s left when the spirit leaves the room.” I believe without the Holy Spirit, Religion is just tradition and rituals. Without God, church is just a tradition.
The Overseer is quite obviously a young band with a bright future in store. Many people are calling you guys the “next UnderOath” or the “next Oh, Sleeper.” How do you feel about that statement?
It feels really good to be compared to some of our favorite bands. We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves though. We still have a long ways before we reach that level.
With a new record already in your arsenal, what are your hopes for the future of The Overseer?
Just hoping to get on bigger and better tours. To travel the world and meet new people.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Thank you so much to anyone who has supported us and bought the record! Keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook. We will be going out with August Burns Red and The Color Morale in the fall. You can find the dates on our Facebook. Thanks!