Emerging

OVER is Creating Music for Revolution

In our Spring 2020 Issue we launched a new music feature, Emerging. If you’ve been wondering what to listen to lately or perused Spotify and social media searching for the next emerging band that would restore your faith in The State of Music, this feature is for you. We checked in with a few of the bands we think have a unique voice in the musical landscape to inspire a new generation of concert-goers and record-buyers alike. Our first lineup includes Totenwald, The Wraith, OVER, and Rotten UK. In this Auxiliary Online Content you’ll find more background and photos on each band, this time we are focusing on OVER.

by : Elizabeth Rhodes
photos by : David Dean and Lindsay Arth

OVER . Photo by David Dean.

Roll Call
Lillian Void : Guitar
Just Dave : Drums
Christian Villareal : Bass
Alessandra Geneovese : Keyboards
Monet Pneumonia : Vocals

Portland, Oregon band OVER formed in late 2016 and have been releasing music since 2017, attracting the interest of punk, darkwave, and postpunk fans for the quality of their songs and live performance. Despite lineup changes, Lillian and Monet have been mainstays in the band. From the band’s own bio, they describe their sound as, “exploring themes of identity, love, trauma, power, and suffering, OVER strives to strike a balance between driving dance anthems and trudging, doom-glazed songs of calamitous vulnerability; never forgetting that the resilience involved in allowing oneself to have fun in a world that expects nothing less than failure from most is a revolutionary act all its own.”

Emerging band lineup feature in the Spring 2020 Issue

Monet’s lyrics are a standout feature of OVER, weaving mythology and symbolism into biting political and social commentary. Here is an example from their latest release To the Teeth…

Young Blossoms in the Grave
There is no hope, no laughter, no prayer,
No future left to repair for
Young blossoms in the grave
Your hands still clutching the spade
You wear your murder like a crown,
So unashamed
Young blossoms in the grave
A curse on you and your wretched heart
Young blossoms in the grave
Fields of lilies burned and buried
A trail of coffins where a dream should be
There is no hope, no laughter no prayer
No future left to repair for
Young blossoms in the grave
Your hand still herald the cavalcade
You wear your murder like a crown,
So unashamed
Young blossoms in the grave
Fields of lilies burned and buried
A trail of coffins where a dream should be
Blood, Power, Reckless cowards
Cop, Cower, Sick with power
Blood, Power, Reckless cowards
Young blossoms in the grave
Your hands still clutching the spade
Curses, curses
Curses On you tearing worlds apart

Monet Pneumonia : Vocals
Lillian Void : Guitar
Just Dave : Drums
Christian Villareal : Bass
Alessandra Geneovese : Keyboards

Adding to the paradoxically aggressive and ethereal elements of the band’s look and sound, the album artwork for To the Teeth calls upon elements of art nouveau and symbolism, both art movements that referenced occult themes and were considered avant-garde . This would extend to the use of tarot imagery, including this insert from the album which could be associated with tarot’s ten of swords.

Insert from To the Teeth, 2019. Illustration by Jay McGarvey and @mourning_rituals.

I interviewed OVER for the Spring 2020 Issue and they provided some background on the band in this excerpt.

When did the band get started and what was the original intention of the band?
OVER : We started in winter 2016 in our first drummer’s basement. Our original intentions were fairly simple: start a postpunk, gothy band while promoting a radical left wing ideology through vulnerability, romance, sex, and anger, all the things necessary to anchor the pending revolution. Of course.

Tell us more about your name. How does it communicate the sound or vibe of the band?
O : OVER was a name we hoped would reflect the times we’re currently living in. We are in the undeniable midst of a 6th extinction, which is the most ultimate “over” we can possibly be hurtling toward. We wanted to, as much as we could, sonically replicate the urgency, the anxiety, and the bizarre joy of living in the end times. At our best, we’re as romantic and idealistic as we are totally pissed and bitter.

How would you describe your music to someone who has not yet checked you out?
O : Post-apocalyptic mixtape for your true love, probably.

To see OVER performing live, check out their music video for “Hyena” from their 2019 album To the Teeth.

OVER were on tour in late summer 2019 and I wrote about them opening for Pink Turns Blue. This excerpt summarizes the power of their live performance and the charisma of vocalist Monet, although the entire band has a noir-glam vibe that commands attention.

Over is a self-described anarcho post-punk death-wave band based in Portland, Oregon. They  gave a performance that stood out because not only was the band tight, the vocalist Ruby Monet had a stage presence that is often hard to find or easily describe; she commanded her space on stage and finished the set with a hauntingly beautiful act of self-flagellation that brought back early memories of a young Siouxsie Sioux playing with the sensuality inherent in various religious acts and displaying a snarling assertion of her own power and sexuality. Bonus points to Over for their cover of INXS’s “Don’t Change”.

For a few more photos, here are a few of the band from that show in Los Angeles (prior to Alessandra joining the ranks).

OVER in Los Angeles, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Arth.
Photo by Lindsay Arth.
Photo by Lindsay Arth.
Photo by Lindsay Arth.
Photo by Lindsay Arth.
OVER in Los Angeles, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Arth.

And one last photo of OVER with fellow Emerging band Totenwald!

OVER and Totenwald in Los Angeles, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Arth.

Read the full interview with OVER in our Spring 2020 Issue.  Listen to OVER ‘s music on Bandcamp and Spotify and follow them on Instagram and Facebook. Check out the other projects the band members are involved in too. Monet has a freak electronic side project called DNA Minifridge and helps runs a small, independent poetry press called Cathexis Northwest Press. Lilian has a hardcore band called Human Cage and Christian has a hardcore band named Dodlage. And to read more, check out our other Emerging interviews.

Elizabeth Rhodes
Elizabeth Rhodes is the Associate Editor of Auxiliary. Based in Los Angeles, she is a writer, DJ, modern mystic and astrology junkie.
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