"We think the name speaks a little bit for itself. It`s a message of unity, continuous effort in order to face the day-by-day issues and taking advantage of all the good things life gives you."
To those who don’t know: Overcome is a hardcore band from Lisboa. You guys started in the summer of 2005. What else should be known about the band?
-Pedro - We`re 5 guys that know each other for years and decided to make a band. We all shared the same musical interests and convictions.
Your latest album called "Positive Thoughts, bring Positive Moments" is about to be released. What do you feel when listening to these tracks? Has your album lived up to your own expectations?
- Pex - Being the first real album (we made 2 demos on cd-r ) we feel we got the job done. Despite all the troubles we had in the recording phase we feel we got into a new stage for ourselves.
So, for all the kids who haven’t check it out yet, what makes your new album, "Positive Thoughts, bring Positive Moments", significant and what can kids expect from it?
- Sen - We think the name speaks a little bit for itself. It`s a message of unity, continuous effort in order to face the day-by-day issues and taking advantage of all the good things life gives you.
If you had to compare your musical style to any other band, what would it be?
- Tiago - There isn`t any band we can relate 100%. But you can hear some influences of bands that left their mark in all of us like the late Omited Gr and Criminal Waste from Portugal and Biohazard, Madball, Strife among others.
Are lyrics important part of your music? Is there any message you are trying to send through your music?
- Sen - We say whatever goes down in our minds. Like we said before we talk about unity, friendship, respect effort and energy, the basic day-by-day issues.
A lot of kids are saying that hardcore is not as it used to be, it got too commercial, too nice or too metal these days. What are your views on the current hardcore scene?
- Pedro - The scene is strong. There are many bands, many shows and many people doing their part. There are also variations within the portuguese hc scene. From the SxE Youth Crew, to the oldschool hardcore and also the new influences mixing oldschool hardcore and metal. Basically it`s in very good shape. It has everything to get even more stronger.
Where do you think the hardcore is heading? What's next for the scene?
- Noia - It will appear lots of new people and lots of people will go away.The real will still be here doing their part.
What’s the scene like out there in Lisboa at the moment?
- Pedro - It`s strong. New promoters, new bands, new faces, lots of shows. The evolution is quite visible.
What has been the most unexpected part of your experience in this band?
-Sen - All the setbacks we had during the recording stage. We were forced to delay the release due to personnal issues.
What can we expect from Overcome in the future? What goals would you still like to achieve?
- Noia - We want to keep on playing, play more shows, promote the album, getting back on studio to record some new material and spread the message. Play for more and different people.
Well, is there anything else that you'd like to expound upon?
- Pedro - Thank you very much for doing this interview and helping promote the cd. Thank you also for being one of those who do their part.
To all the people reading this, go to shows, support the bands and the people who put on shows. Hardcore unity worldwide!