OVERCOATS THE FIGHT (REMIXED) OUT TODAY
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Toronto, ON – December 11, 2020 – Today, Brooklyn alt-pop duo, Overcoats, share The Fight (Remixed). The record features seven re-imaginations of songs from their sophomore album, The Fight, released earlier this year, and includes contributions from Shura, Porches, Caroline Rose, Yoke Lore, Yumi Zouma and more. Listen here.
Shura kicks things off, expanding the minimalist arrangement of I'll Be There into a symphonic dance track. Multitudinous, rich synths buzz, blip, and throb beneath Hana and JJ's shimmering vocal layers, all guided by a propulsive disco house groove. On Porches' flip of Apathetic Boys, indie rock meets dissonant, melodramatic synths, as Overcoats' vocals are elevated to a fever pitch, heard on the lyrics, "I don't wanna hear about your band anymore". Yoke Lore turns the volume up on Overcoats' New Shoes, replacing soft-strummed guitar chords with echoing waves of vocals and percussion to signal the triumph of turning the page on a relationship that's no longer working. Buzzy Chicago-based newcomer, Billy Lemos, puts his lo-fi hip-hop meets bedroom pop spin on Keep The Faith and surrounds Overcoats’ vocals with a waterfall of bubblegum pop synths and fuzzed out guitars. Next, Yumi Zouma takes Overcoats for a trip into their wispy, dream-pop world on their rework of Fire & Fury. GUM & Ginoli (of POND / Tame Impala) is a fully psychedelic affair, saturating the original track with disco-inspired synths and percussion. Caroline Rose closes out the record with a poignant rendition of the eponymous album title track, letting each lyric live in the groove of each note in her intricate guitar work.
"What a stunning reimagining of The Fight," Overcoats shares of the remix record. "Our album, which felt like a battle cry, has been answered and reflected back to us in a beautiful, rejuvenating echo. We are so grateful to all of the talented artists that felt compelled to write their own stories from our words. This remix album is the perfect antidote to what lies ahead. We’ll be dancing in our living rooms to it all winter."
Recently, Overcoats shared the music video for Apathetic Boys, which features NY bands Plastic Picnic, Hypoluxo, Homeschool, Future Generations, Marinara, Wet Leather, and Eli Sundae. The video marks the first time for Hana and JJ to step behind the camera and is a commentary on the male-dominated nature of the music industry. Watch here.
Speaking on the video, Overcoats share: "We had the concept for the video pretty much from the moment we wrote the song. The music industry is obviously male dominated, from the executive level to the bands. Men are the gatekeepers of rock music, and not only men, but apathetic men. Male musicians often act like they don't care and that makes them cooler--the tattered shirts, the emotionless expressions etc. When women care, it is deeply uncool. This puts us in a vicious cycle of having to try harder than men to get coverage, while having to appear that we aren't trying. We have felt this cycle in the music industry as well as in our relationships (trying not to be too eager or too clingy). We wanted the video to be a commentary on how these decidedly male expectations permeate the genre."
Overcoats' 10-track sophomore album, The Fight (Loma Vista Recordings), speaks to the ubiquitous feeling of anxiety when looking at the current chaos around us, and has proven to be a prescient document for getting through this difficult year. The Fight’s linked themes of overcoming adversity, avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope are needed more than ever. As people are currently starved for a light at the end of a tunnel and meaningful interaction, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry. Prior to this new seven-track remix release, The Fight has also received re-workings from Local Natives, Joey Pecoraro, SASAMI, Ryan Hemsworth, and Alice Ivy.
THE FIGHT (REMIXED) TRACKLIST:
1. I'll Be There (Shura Remix)
2. Apathetic Boys (Porches Remix)
3. New Shoes (Yoke Lore Remix)
4. Keep The Faith (Billy Lemos Remix)
5. Fire & Fury (Yumi Zouma Remix)
6. The Fool (GUM & Ginoli Remix)
7. The Fight (Caroline Rose Remix)