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News From Steve
hope you are all well, Steve O here, just reporting in to give you
an update on some of the exciting things that are happening. Let
me first of all apologise for it being so long since the last update,
but as usual I've just been so busy with everything. First up, I
hope any of you that came to the F.M
25 Live shows enjoyed them
as much as we did, it was great to play some of those old tunes
again. Right let me tell you first of all about the new "OVERLAND"
album, it is well on its way to being completed and as usual I have
been lucky to have some great people working on it. most of the
songs have been written with a fantastic guitarist, Christian
Wolf, who is also helping
with the pre-production on the album.
I believe the songs on this album to be the strongest solo project i have done so far, so I'm very excited about this one. We also have the fantastic Jay Schellen on drums(Asia, Hurricane and Unruly Child among others). And finally I am very lucky to have the multi-talented, Mike Slamer, mixing and producing the record for me and mike has been responsible for some of the best sounding rock albums throughout his career.
Next up, many of you have asked me about a project called "THE OZONE", a collaboration with one of the great British rock singers Chris Ousey of Heartland, this is going to happen, and we are finishing the writing for this now. This album will have a much heavier, darker direction to it, and is something different for me. The great thing is, Mike Slamer is co writing and producing this one as well. And Finally, I'm also back in the studio with F.M next month, the new album is well on its way, just some finishing touches and a few more mixes to be done. Hopefully also at some point we can find time to fit in a new "SHADOWMAN" album, as these are always well received and great fun to do.
so guys, I'll be in touch soon hopefully with some release dates for you.
Thanks for all your support, it's you that keeps me going
Latest Update From Steve
I hope you've all been well and that you all had a great Christmas.
Firstly,let me apologise for the time it's taken me to update you all on what's been going on,but I've just been so busy trying to get everything finished, but thankyou for being patient,and for all your support over the last year.
Firstly, the fourth "SHADOWMAN" album has just been mixed and completed. It is called "Watching over you",and we are all very proud of it. The band line-up remains the same as always, Chris Childs - Bass, Steve Morris -guitars, Harry James - drums and myself doing what I usually do, and although I loved the last album, I think this one is easily the best so far songwise. We have recruited Tommy Hanson to mix it again,as he did such a great job on the last one. We hope to get a release date of around April time,so let me know if you enjoy it.
I also have around six tracks written and demoed for a third "OVERLAND" album. I am in the studio demoing more next week,and I hope to get a few surprise guest musicians on this one, so watch this space.
There is still the"OZONE" project in the pipeline too, which is an album featuring myself and the great Chris Ousey.
We are going through songs for this one at the moment and it looks like we could have some great people involved to work with, so this is somthing to watch out for in the future.
Finally that other band I'm in F.M, have been in and out of the studio recording the follow up to the "METROPOLIS" album. The new stuff sounds great, and a majority of the songs are written, we have a lot of shows coming up through the Spring and Summer, so it will be great to see you all when we're out on the road.
So finally thankyou once again for all your support,it's all of you that makes this all possible.I'll get some new pictures for the site,and i promise i won't leave so long this time.
Take care everyone.......Steve.O.
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New Interview with Steve
Interview: Graham Hatton
Steve Overland is one artists name that will continually crop up during any debate of much underrated vocalists from the rock genre. Although megastardom has always seemed to eluded him he has consistantly been a man of musical integrity, and now with a stunning new solo album under his belt and imminent releases from Shadowman and the much anticipated FM album, Steve Overland's workload has never been more frantic. Steve is a really down to earth kind of guy, a true professional and a good friend, so as an appreciative listener of his music for many years it was a pleasure to ask him many of the questions that I, as I fan, would want answering myself.
It became obvious to me upon the first listening of 'Diamond Dealer' that there has been a shift back to a familiar territory with this album compared with your first solo album. I personally liked the new direction of 'Break Away' and its bold approach but can you tell us what was behind the decision to revert to a more traditional sound?
I never really plan a direction for an album,i just write the songs the way i feel at the time.Tor is a massive F.M fan so obviously the tracks he sent me through,tended to lean more in that direction,so we kind of set out to make an album full of strong catchy rock songs.Im really pleased with the way the album came out.
Can you give us a little background history and how in fact you came to work with fellow collaborators on your latest solo album, especially the obviously talented Tor Talle.
Yes, there are some great players on the album. At first when Khalil
put me together to write with Tor it wasn't planned as an Overland album, but as
time went on it just sounded great as we demoed the songs so the record company
and myself decided it would make a great second album. The other musicians are
players that Martin, the producer, works with. They're top session players in
Sweden and they did a fantastic job.
I'm a stickler for studying lyrical content and trying to decifer their meanings. Now I may be reading to much into the meaning of these new songs but upon hearing some of the tracks, especially 'Train Train' and 'I'm Still Breathing', I got a feeling that your writing was driven by your endurance and bounce-back-ability (for want of a better word) in the music scene of today and was maybe a statement that almost says 'I will not just fade away'. Is that a fair assessment of the creativity for of lyrics on this new album?
I've always drawn on my own personal feelings when writing lyrics,
and I guess in my own way I'm a bit of a survivor. I suppose this must come
through in some of the lyrics, and as I've said before as long as people want to
hear what I do I'll keep bouncing back.
If I'm correct, apart from promoting the 'SO' album, you've never toured with any of your post FM projects and presumably will not be taking these songs out on the road either. Can you tell us why that is?
Touring with Overland or Shadowman is not beyond the realms of possibility, it's just that all the other members of these bands are also busy. Khalil keeps pushing the point that we need to tour so it could happen - watch this space.
As I understand it there will be another 'Shadowman' album and I heard a whisper that there would also be another album by The Ladder. Is there a possibility of a third Overland album in the future or are you at this point in time leaving your options open?
The fourth Shadowman album is already written and we are just
scheduling the recording as we speak.The songs are the strongest yet in my
opinion and I can't wait to start. I don't know about another Ladder album but
there will be more solo albums in the future, I'm sure.There are also some other
new projects in the pipeline.
I hear that you are currently conspiring with Chris Ousey from fellow British melodic rockers Heartland under the working project name of Ozone. Can you share some details with us of when we are likely to see this come to fruition and which direction you'll be taking musically?
It's very early days on this one. Chris is a great singer and it
would be great to do an album together. We are at the moment getting some songs
together and we'll see where it leads.
Now as an artist for 30 years or more, it's been obvious to many that you have encountered more than your fair share of problems in the industry throughout your career. How have these setbacks shaped you as a person and musician and with the benefit hindsight, is there anything in the way you dealt with these problems that you would like to alter?
Anybody that's been in this buisness for as long as I have will encounter many lows and highs. From this you learn how to pick yourself back up and keep going, the main thing being not to be bitter. Anyone who's sucessfull deserves everything they achieve, and I just feel lucky to have survived for this long. Always look forward, not back.
How did you enjoy last years Firefest in comparison to 2007 and how did you go about preparation for the show?
I loved both of the Firefests, they just make all the hard work you put in seem worthwhile. It was great for Jim, the new boy, to get a feel for how dedicated and loyal the FM fans are. Fantastic night, thank you again everyone.
Many of those who were present at last years Firefest witnessed the exploits of 'Jim Kirkpatrick' for the very first time and there was much debate after the show that he was a wonderfully unknown guitar phenomenon. How did your paths come to cross?
Jim and I both lived in the same village for years but never
managed to hook up. Everybody used to tell me about this young guitar genious
and one weekend my brother Chris came over to stay and we ventured to the local
pub, and there he was being brilliant. Jim new who I was and eventually one
Christmas Eve we we bumped into each other, and we've been mates ever since.
When we were trying out guitarists for FM I knew Jim would be
If rumours are to be believed there has been a slight delay in the release of the forth coming Metropolis album. Can you shed some light on this situation?
Yes, we were advised that the original release date was to soon
after Christmas and a bad idea. Also, we've now had a couple of the tracks
remixed. It'll be worth the wait.
In the mean time before the album is released is there a possibility of another single/EP being released? I hear a video has already been shot for such a venture.
There are other video's for tracks, but nothing else is scheduled until after the release of the album.
You're obviously a very busy man these days but apart from the subjects we've already touched upon what are your plans for 2010, regarding tours etc?
There are various things in the pipeline for 2010, but I think
I've probably got enough on my plate at the
Here's a strange one for you that I'm pretty sure you've never been asked before, but a good friend and fellow FM fan asked me to relay this question to you. Would you ever consider writing an auto-biography about your career, and if so what would you name it and would it contain many startling revelations about the life of Steve Overland?
It depends on your defenition of a startling revelation. It
would be a long book but not really somthing that's crossed my
In retrospect, what are the high points and low points of your career?
As we touched on in a previous question, I don't dwell on the low
points.There have been many high points - working with Simon Kirke and Mick from
Bad Company, the touring with Bon Jovi, headlining the Hammersmith Odeon - and
too many more to mention. It's not been a bad
And finally, is there anything you would like to add to all the fans that have been there throughout the years and also do you have a message for the people who are only just discovering you and your music?
To all the people who have stuck with me down the years, I can never
thankyou enough.You are why me and the bands I work with keep doing this. As for
anyone just coming into the fold, it's fantastic to know new people are getting
into your music for the first time. Let it grow and grow. Thanks everyone,
and see you soon.
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An Update From Steve
Hi everyone, it has been a while since I wrote a
message to you all, I am pleased to let you know that the new Overland
Looking forward to seeing all at Firefest on the 24th October 2009
Love to all
The New Overland Album 'Diamond Dealer'
Release date; 23 October 2009
Cat no: ESM198
1-Train Train 5:05
2-You Lift me up 4:29
3-Where is The Love 3:22
4-Brave New World 5:32
5-Roll Back The Years 4:41
6-City Of Dreams 5:20
7-I am Still Breathing 4:43
9-Hearts Dont Lie 4:55
10-After the Storm 5:24
11-Bring Me Water 4:04
12-Coming Home 4:30
Steve Overland - Lead Vocals and backing Vocals
Tor Talle: Lead Guitars, Rythm Guitars & Keyboards
Martin Kronlund: Lead Guitars & Rhythm Guitars
Henrik Thomsen: Bass
Imre Daun: Drums
Egil Orvedal: Keyboards and
Produced and Mixed by: Martin Kronlund at JM Recording Studio's, Gothenburg, Sweden
All songs by: Steve Overland and Tor Talle
Hot on the heels of “Break Away”, Steve’s debut solo album with Escape Music we are presented with “Diamond Dealer”, an
album that bursts with fresh ideas and originality.
that goes way back into the late seventies, his first major recording was with the band “Wildlife” in 1980, their first album “Burning”
was a fine introduction to his vocal prowess. The second album “Wildlife” in 1983 extended his popularity, the album also featured
Simon Kirke (Bad Company) on drums. After the demise of “Wildlife” Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band “FM”,
a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties. Their popularity has always been at the forefront of
British Hard Rock.
Steve originally teamed up with Escape Music to provide lead vocals for the Boston Tribute album (ESM 081), singing 'Amanda',
one of the album highlights. With Steve working alongside Escape Music, the 'FM' radio came out of the closet once more, a fine
triple album “Long Time No See” (ESM 086) featuring the three albums “Paraphernalia”, “Aphrodisiac” and “Live at the Astoria” and
the double disc “Long Lost Friends” ESM121 (Dead Man’s Shoes and Takin’ it to the Streets). More recently Steve teamed up with
Steve Morris of “Heartland” fame to record the much acclaimed “Shadowman” albums “Land of the Living” (ESM 099) and “Different
Angles” (ESM127) and a classic third recording “Ghost in the Mirror” (ESM179).
Steve has also fronted two releases by “The Ladder”, which is a dream come true for all fans of FM as the band is an extension of
the great FM themselves. “Future Miracles” (ESM109) was welcome by fans old and new and it was hailed by many as the best
album of 2004. More recently “Sacred” (ESM149) is an album that hones the identity of “The Ladder”. His vocal contribution to the
new “AOR” CD (ESM194 Journey to LA) has been warmly received.
Steve’s first solo album “Break Away” had fans divided as it was so much different from his work with FM, but many grew to love it
as it was something different from the norm.
For the second album Khalil Turk introduced Tor Talle to Steve and they started writing together materials for the past 12 months
and they decided to take this album towards more AOR/Rock which Steve Overland well known for and much loved for, and the
result is "Diamond Dealer" What Steve gives us with his second outing is a more classic approach to melodic rock, with great
songs that have feeling and depth. Songs such as “Brave new world”, “I’m Still Breathing” and “Heart’s don’t lie”, "Bring Me Water"
all hit home with maximum effect. They are sung from the heart and it is another testimony to the fact that Steve is probably the
passionate vocalist that the UK has ever produced.
Hope you are all well and I'd like to welcome
you all to the official "Overland-Shadowman" website. We've had
so many people
There is so much going on at the moment I don't
know where to start :)
Whilst this is going on, Steve
Morris and myself have started writing for the fourth
I have also been asked to sing on two songs on a
brand new "Psycho Fantasy II" by the creator and the
Another thing I've been working at lately is trying to talk to my brother Chris into coming out of retirement to work with me on a new project (Wildlife ???), He is still a brilliant player, but its still early days ,I'll just keep plugging away at him until hopefully gives in!
As well as all of these things and writing with
lots of other writers from all over the planet, there is this other band I'm in
There are many other things in the pipeline... that's
when I get through all of this as my productions team & the record company
I shall keep you updated regularly on the site with
everything and all the developments.
Steve Morris of Shadowman has posted an update over at the bands homepage here
Steve Overland and FM to Headline Firefest VI
FM are the headlining
band for the UK's top melodic rock festival on Saturday 24th