1998. I received a three song cassette in the mail from Overmars. (Not to be confused with the metal band of the same name. This 1998 band appears to no longer exist.)
"Chloe," "Coming Alive" and "The Sun" (a great song title by my mood today) were the songs. The music was a less aggressive Monster Magnet (without too much of the psychedelic music -- the similarities are in the lyrics mostly) at times, and almost small nightclub metal at others. If you've heard either and then listened to Overmars, you'd understand.
"Coming Alive" starts with a laugh and the line, "I want to be beautiful/Like a mushroom cloud." It is a song about destruction, with a chorus of "I'm coming alive." The imagery works, however. "I want to kiss the mouth of a dying star."
I don't think I realized the brilliance of the band when I first heard it. Since I've been republishing a lot of my stuff I'm sure I'll eventually come across my initial review. I doubt it is very favorable, but I've held onto the tape, so that has to say something for it.
I've tried to hunt down the band, and have had zero success. I wanted to get an update of what the guys were doing, and maybe do an interview. Maybe hear how it has progressed.
Instead, I am left with this. A reminder of a band that probably not enough people got into. I picture the members have gone onto other things. Most likely not music related, though they may be in bands as a hobby.
If any of the members of Overmars ever read this, I want to thank you. I've been playing the tape a lot these past few weeks. It is a moment out of time sound-wise, but the lyrics are perhaps more essential then ever.
"Come to the sun with me."