“It is certainly encouraging to see all of the old fans turn out for the gigs, and very special to see new fans rocking out to our older material as well as the fresh songs.” Andy.
‘I have played with many bands in the last 20 years but being with overhaul is the most liberated I’ve ever felt as a drummer, a musician.” John.
Overhaul are an Alternative Rock band formed in Scotland by American Singer/Songwriter/Musician Andy Gallagher in 1997. They have opened for international touring acts such as Violent Femmes, Dinosaur Jr, Langhorne Slim, Grant Hart (Husker Du), Dom Brown (Duran Duran/Take That) and Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M/The Posies) and have performed at venues in the UK such as The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, King Tut’s, Glasgow, HMV Institute, Birmingham, The Cavern, Liverpool, Borderline, London, Jazz Cafe, London, The Savoy, Cork, Ireland, The Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland and Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland. They have also played many festivals such as Liverpool Sound City, Go North Festival, Inverness, Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland.
They have released Five albums:
Hope Shines Through (2006)
Here and There (2009)
Other notables: Overhaul’s second album Hope Shines Through was one of the last albums to be recorded at Glasgow’s Cava Sounds Studio one. Studio one was later torn down and made into car parking. Cava is still going strong, in fact Overhaul recorded part of the Achukma album there.
Andy Gallagher and Graham Brown also play with Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes solo band Gordon Gano and The Ryans.
Original drummer and one of the founding members of Violent Femmes Victor DeLorenzo co-produced and played drums/percussion, backing vocals and Theremin on Overhaul’s third album Here and There.
Achukma originally started as an Andy Gallagher solo EP which was released on After Music Recordings in Minneapolis, but Andy thought the songs were so good, he took the tracks and continued to produce and add to them. Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), Mike Watt (Minutemen/Iggy and The Stooges), Astrid Young (Neil Young) and many others performed on the album.
Overhaul’s original first album “Overhaul” was shelved in 2002/2003 due to Andy not being happy with the way it sounded. But Andy has recently revealed that he is going to be remixing and partially re-recording the album but has not given a date for the release yet.
In 2018 the band released Lighter, the first album of original work put together by the new line-up. It was recorded, mix and mastered by Overhaul at The Hidden Studios, Millport, the band’s spiritual home and feel-good place.
The band – now comprising of the multi-faceted Andy Gallagher, Paisley-based and longest serving Overhaul bass guitarist, Kenny Johnson, and West Coast drummer, John Malone – have had Lighter on the road now for a year, performing up and down and all-around Scotland’s towns, cities, and islands, and enjoying frequent airwave exposure from local radio stations
Andy has always loved the collaboration process when it comes to his own unique song-writing abilities with the band as a whole taking part in the process of shaping the songs, through improvisations on stage to working through Andy’s material in rehearsal. It’s a fresh and vibrant way to work, and the music coming through reflects the approach the band is taking with it.
2019 looks to be just as exciting a time for Overhaul as they look forward to more gigs but also take a look back at their own musical history by taking some previously unreleased songs back into the studio for a makeover. It is something that the band have wanted to do for a while, and fans will be able to see the guys in their element, as a documentary crew will be filming the re-record, their process, and conducting interviews with the band.
There always seems to be something magical going on behind the doors of The Hidden Studio, and with the band’s extraordinary collaborative writing process, and enthusiasm for good music, we can expect more albums and some ‘special recordings’ coming out in the near future.
Overhaul have UK tour dates lined up for the rest of the year, starting with The Hive, Edinburgh on Friday 31st May.
Stay tuned and have a great year.