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Over the Hill

by Over the Hill

here in this nervous country. Beats by Thor and A few Horror movie references. Austin Texas. on this side of the hill. You also get the illustrated novella by Coy, with drawings by Colleen Matzke.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Into the desert
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2. Rabid
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3. Divorce
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4. Drug Study
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5. Possession
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6. Darling what you want me to say
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7. Comatose
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8. Austin
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9. Stripper
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10. Stewardess
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11. Dream together
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12. Baba Fat
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Album Notes
This is the first album from the band “over the hill”. They are in Austin, Texas, that city of slackers and hundred and hundreds of other bands playing in living rooms, bars, and bathrooms. This album was recorded during the late summer and fall of 2006 inside the studio that sits behind Rob Halverson’s house, close to highway 183. It came together slowly during those months, a day here and a day there, with a big break of time in the middle for Rob, who was recording and producing it, to have a baby girl. Morgan Coy sings and plays guitar. Thor Harris, who drums with the bands Shearwater and Smog, plays vibraphone and drums. Kirk Laktas, from the band My Education, plays organ, Rhodes, and piano on a few tracks. Rob Halverson plays some bass and synth. Steve Burnel plays some more bass. And Travis Cooper plays Rhodes and piano on a few songs as well.

This is a weird little gem of pre-post-apocalyptic americana music that is both familiar and strange.

The songs on this album travel through different landscapes and emotions, musically and lyrically. From the synth orgy crescendo in “drug study” to the calm culty pychedealia of “dream together”, these songs construct their own world and usher the listener inside of it. The slightly raspy sweet voice of Coy sings about visions; a talking desert pig, Marylyn Chambers’ first non-pornographic role in David Cronenberg’s movie Rabid mixed with burning rivers, and an airline attendant’s one night stand with a man she has just met at a seafood buffet, to name a few. The themes might seem radically diverse when taken out of context, but there’s something about the poetry of Coy’s lyrics and the music of the band supporting him that makes these stories fit comfortably next to one another on the album. The production is intricately crafted, but not overly done, so that upon multiple listens, new colors and textures continue to reveal themselves in the music.

There are glimpses of the band’s influences to be grasped here and there throughout the album: a glimmer of the Flaming Lips on the track “Rabid”, some of the complacent rage of Dinosaur Jr. on “Drug study”, a little bit of Animal Collective’s weirdness on “Possession”, and some of Brian Eno’s “music for airports” on “stewardess”. But regardless of these musical references, Over the Hill never steers away from it’s own voice. This band has put together an album that is sharp, sweet, and alien, and somehow necessary in these zero years. It is an impressive debut, and one that you should pick up.

And as a bonus, you also get the illustrated novella, Days uv Bloat, written by Morgan Coy with drawings by Colleen Matzke. Days uv Bloat is the first person narrative of a young prostitute’s experience in a small southern city as a plague rises up in the land and infects mankind.


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Oona James

great lyrics matched by a tight band with multiple influences
Over the Hill has thoughtful, mysterious, and narrative lyrics that let you really feel the characters as you move your body to the music. The band is tight and risky. The songs are melodic and pull from many different influences. I'm especially pulled in by "Stewardess", "Austin", and "Comatose" (an older version played by the Butt Rock Boys in the early zeroes got me hooked on this one).


try it
If you are curious the first time...the second listen will hook you.


Different is Good
Some of the songs are far out there but for the most part this is a quality album that tests the bounds of folk music. Another good band from Austin.


If You Want Something New...
If you're tired of listening to the same old music this is a must have. Over the Hill provides an alt. country escape that leaves you hungry for more. Overall the album sounds well thought out and organized, it was pretty hard to settle on a song I did not like. Alas, it would have to be the last song. Ha.