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"Product of Newfoundland"

I like new music, I like free new music even better and St. John's-band Overlay is doing its best to keep me happy. The four piece electric band consisting of John Feltham (vocals and guitar), Martin O'Driscoll (bass and vocals), Gene Browne (lead guitar) and Mark Walsh (percussion) is letting fans download their brand new ep Kick The Habit free of charge via MediaFire. It's a solid collection of lyrically-driven rock an pop songs that cover a wide thematic range (relationships to socially conscious material). If you aren't ready to commit to a full ep download, you can check out their material at MySpace. Start with What I'm Trying To Say -- it's a good introduction to the Overlay sound. The band plans to record a full length album in early spring 2009. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, the group is set to perform live at The Levee on June 12.

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- Robert Hiscock


"Congratulations to OVERLAY, winner of the Ruckus on the Edge Song Contest!"

Congratulations to OVERLAY, winner of the Ruckus on the Edge Song Contest!
03/31/10

The 2010 JUNO Awards Host Committee is pleased to announce rock band Overlay from St. John’s as the winner of the Ruckus on the Edge Theme Song Contest with their song "Ruckus on the Edge."

Members of Overlay are Gene Browne, John Feltham, Andrew Strickland and Jason Miller.

"Congratulations to Overlay on winning the Ruckus on the Edge Theme Song Contest. Ruckus on the Edge is the perfect tune to set the tone for 2010 JUNO Week and an excellent example of the talent in Newfoundland and Labrador," said Ken Marshall, Chair, 2010 JUNO Awards Host Committee.

"It was an extremely tight race, demonstrating that all entries captured the imaginations of the Newfoundland and Labrador audiences. The incredible response we received shows that the whole province is ready to Ruckus."

The 2010 JUNO Awards Host Committee would like to give an honourable mention to Kathy Hearn as her entry truly encompasses the spirit of Ruckus on the Edge. Rounding out the top five entries were Damian Follett of Paradise, Dave Bruce of Paradise, and Jenna Kelly of Spanish Room.

"We’re so excited about winning the Ruckus on the Edge Theme Song Contest," said Gene Brown, of Overlay. "It’s great to be given an opportunity like this, especially in a young band's career."

Overlay will perform “Ruckus on the Edge” at the Juno Cup at the Jack Byrne Arena on Friday, April 16th and will receive a one (1) year membership in Music NL, two (2) four (4) hour recording sessions courtesy of Record Time Productions, and a mentoring session with Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea.

A total of 35 submissions were received for the song contest, launched on January 13, as part of the countdown to the biggest musical event of the year, Ruckus on the Edge-2010 JUNO Week.

All entries were judged based on song originality, musical expertise and synergy with the Ruckus on the Edge message.

http://www.ruckusontheedge.com/contest/ - 2010 JUNO Awards Host Committee


"Overlay rocks Ruckus on the Edge theme"

Overlay rocks Ruckus on the Edge theme
03/31/10

Band named winners of Juno Awards week song contest
The Telegram

The Juno week events for Ruckus on the Edge (April 12-16) now have a theme song.

As winner of the online theme contest, Overlay will perform their entry at the Juno Cup hockey game at the Jack Byrne Arena on Friday, April 16.

Overlay’s song was selected from the contest’s top 10 shortlist. Kathy Hearn received an honourable mention.
Entries were judged on originality, musical expertise and “Synergy with the Ruckus on the Edge message,” according to a release by Ruckus on the Edge organizers.

“‘Ruckus on the Edge’ is the perfect tune to set the tone for 2010 Juno week and an excellent example of the talent in Newfoundland and Labrador,” host committee chairman Ken Marshall, said in the same release.

“It was an extremely tight race, demonstrating that all entries captured the imaginations of the Newfoundland and Labrador audiences. The incredible response we received shows that the whole province is ready to Ruckus.”

Overlay members are Gene Browne, John Feltham, Andrew Strickland and Jason Miller. The group released a pair of EPs and a full album in 2009.
“We’re so excited about winning the Ruckus on the Edge theme song contest,” Brown said. “It’s great to be given an opportunity like this, especially in a young band’s career.”

The band gets a one-year membership to the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL), two four-hour recording sessions courtesy of Record Time Productions and a mentoring session with Alan Doyle.

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http://junoawards.ca - The Telegram


"Overlay causing a ruckus"

Overlay causing a ruckus
04/01/10
by Christa Cram

When Overlay, a St John’s based rock band, entered the Ruckus on the Edge Theme Song Contest, the band had no idea what the outcome would be. Now that they’ve won, they're certainly glad they entered.

On March 31, the 2010 JUNO Awards Host Committee announced that Overlay’s song “Ruckus on the Edge” had won the contest. The band gets to perform this song, along with The National Anthem, at the Juno Cup. This event will be held at the Jack Byrne arena in Torbay on April 16th.

“We're really looking forward to playing the Juno Cup and hopefully meeting some great people,” said drummer, Jason Miller. “I am recently new to the band, but when the guys mentioned the contest, we were all for it. We thought it would be a great way to get some new ears to listen to our music and a great chance to make a few more fans along the way.”

Band mate Gene Browne thinks it’s the song has the potential to captivate an audience and this is a great opportunity for the band.

“It suited what the contest asked for, and it was catchy and rocky enough that a lot of people could potentially like it,” said the lead guitarist.

It’s evident that a lot of people did like the song, as the winner was determined by the number of votes received online for the top ten contenders.

"It was an extremely tight race, demonstrating that all entries captured the imaginations of the Newfoundland and Labrador audiences,” said Ken Marshall, Chair of the 2010 JUNO Awards Host Committee, on the Ruckus website. (www.ruckusontheedge.com/contests)

"Ruckus on the Edge is the perfect tune to set the tone for 2010 JUNO Week and an excellent example of the talent in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Marshall said.

The song was written back when Overlay was first formed, but the band re-wrote its lyrics to fit the contest specifications.

“We had tried to get together and record a new version, but we couldn't meet up before the entry deadline,” explained Miller. “Our lead singer, John, basically wrote some new lyrics which pertained to Ruckus on the Edge and the excitement behind Newfoundland hosting the Juno's. He cut out the old message and fit the new one in perfectly.”

“We actually were still writing them when we went into Newmans Sounds Studio to overdub the lyrics to the previous recording, but they apparently worked out,” Browne said with a laugh.

“When I heard we won I almost went through the roof. I was so happy. We spent so much time advertising, and put in a lot of hard work to get into the position we're in now. It feels good when your hard work pays off. We were also thankful to all of our friends who supported the hell out of us. we could only vote a few times a day and we won so that means there were a lot of friends helping promote it as well and we love ya'll for that.
In addition to performing at the Juno Cup, Overlay will also receive a 1 year membership with MusicNL, 2 4-hour recording sessions courtesy of Record Time Productions, as well as a mentoring session with Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea. - The Troubadour


Discography

Shut up and Listen
5 Song EP (2009)

1. Murder? Madness? Intrigued!
2. Wash Away
3. Capitalists
4. Disco Biscuit
5. Sunday Morning (Live)

Live at the Levee
10 Song Live LP (2009)

1. Head Down
2. Wash Away
3. Show and Tell
4. What I'm Trying to Say
5. Shot Down
6. Oh No!
7. Nothing Left to Try
8. Murder? Madness? Intrigued!
9. Sunday Morning
10. Disco Biscuit

Kick the Habit
6 Song EP (2009)

1. Friends
2. What I'm Trying to Say
3. The Latin Beat
4. This City
5. Once was a Man
6. Coffee Bean

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Bio

OVERLAY mixes rock and roll with high energy riffs and catchy hooks for a climatic filled delivery of fun, yet slightly sinister music.

The band is one of the hardest working in St. John's, Newfoundland - they play anywhere, anytime and for anyone as they enhance the delivery of their sound during frequent epic live performances.

OVERLAY is currently recording their debut self-titled album, with a release set for late summer 2010.