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Ovlov Premiere New Song “Stick” via NPR’s All Songs Considered – Long-Awaited New Album “Tru” Due Out 07/20 via Exploding In Sound Records

June 28, 2018

Gabrielle Amlicke

 

Ovlov Premiere New Song “Stick” 
via NPR’s All Songs Considered

Long-Awaited New Album Tru Due Out July 20th
on Expoding In Sound Records

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Praise for Tru
“…sounds like Ovlov’s best days are still ahead of them.” – Stereogum
“…the same distorted, sensitive vibes that made them a cult favorite in the first place.” – The Fader

Northeastern fuzz-rock heroes, Ovlov, are gearing up for the release of their long-awaited sophomore full-length, Tru, due out July 20th from Exploding In Sound Records. Today the band’s newest single “Stick” is being premiered via NPR’s All Songs Considered. “Stick” has all the makings of an Ovlov classic; warm hooks, a massive wall of fuzz, and the idiosyncratic observations of guitarist/vocalist, Steve Hartlett. NPR praised Ovlov for their ability to write “big, fuzzy, rock n roll songs that you can drown in” and described “Stick” as “…a song with a big, frayed guitar sound and meditative lyrics.”

Listen to “Stick” via NPR:
https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/06/26/623188288/new-mix-the-decemberists-bermuda-triangle-justin-vernon-and-s-carey-more

After ten years, a litany of splits and EPs, a beloved full length, and even a couple break-ups, Ovlov have built a loyal cult following, and they did it all on their own terms. The heart of the band is the special alchemy of its members–brothers Steve (guitar/vocals) and Theo (drums) Hartlett and their childhood companions Michael “Boner” Hammond Jr. (bass), and Morgan Luzzi (guitar)–and Ovlov have always been willing to alter their course in order to maintain that bond. Now on Tru (an album five years in the making) a somewhat more world-weary Ovlov reckon with the inevitability of change without compromising their identity as a band. The album delves into the unexpected changes and trials the members experienced since Ovlov‘s 2013 full length, am, all through the lens of Hartlett’s trademark mix of quirk and sincerity. The result is an album that’s sure to please the band’s loyal fans and proves that Ovlov is back and better than ever.

 

Tru track list:
1. Baby Alligator
2. Half Way Fine
3. The Best Of You
4. Spright
5. Stick
6. Tru Punk
7. Fast G
8. Short Morgan
9. Grab It From The Garden

Tour Dates:
07/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville w/ Two Inch Astronaut, The Royal They & Renata Zeiguer
07/15 – Middletown, CT @ MAC 650 Gallery w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Hellrazor & Queen Moo

Biography:
Over the course of ten years, a litany of splits and EPs, a beloved full length, and even a couple break-ups, Northeastern fuzz-rock heroes Ovlov have earned a loyal cult following—all while staunchly following their own path at every turn. Now, the band has returned with their sophomore full length, Tru, an album five years in the making that finds the band deftly maintaining their endearingly steadfast identity while also reckoning with the inevitability of change.

Made up of brothers Steve (guitar/vocals) and Theo (drums) Hartlett — along with their childhood companions Michael “Boner” Hammond Jr. (bass), and Morgan Luzzi (guitar) — Ovlov’s musical DNA is rooted in the kind of familiarity that can only come from real friends playing together. It’s largely that chemistry that steers the band’s approach: if it doesn’t feel right for everyone, don’t do it. It’s a simple idea, but with countless musicians vying for an audience, the extra-musical hurdles of being in a band can all too easily impact choices about everything from touring, to friendships, to the songs themselves. By the time Ovlov released their 2013 debut full length, am, the band had already achieved their modest initial goals. The album would substantially grow the band’s profile, but the more doors that began to open the less the band started to feel like Ovlov. The pressure to maintain the momentum began to take its toll, or as Steve simply puts it “we just started to realize we weren’t cut out for it.”

After am, the band found themselves physically and creatively spent, and called it quits. The members returned to their personal lives, kept busy with other bands, and years began to pass. Steve explains, “We never wanted to force it, or do it if we didn’t all want to.” But despite this—or perhaps because of it—Ovlov’s fanbase never dissipated. There’s an inadvertent quality control that comes with refusing to be a band unless everyone is completely invested; it’s the promise that new material will only exist if and when the band fully believes in it. “There are so few things in life that you can control but a rock band is one of those things,” says Steve. “If being in a band is supposed to be fun, why would we ever do anything we don’t want to?”

It’s that desire for some small semblance of control against life’s many unpredictable changes and challenges that shapes Tru. The result is an album that maintains Ovlov’s undeniable gift for buoyant melodies but with a more world weary approach. Tru finds the band turning to their music to make sense of everything else: songs dealing with personal loss, how to do the right thing as a band, and figuring out what’s worth holding on to and what needs to be left behind—all housed within the band’s signature cacophony of Big Muff pedals and infectious hooks. Tru isn’t just worth the wait, it’s a proof that, while there may be a lot of bands, there is only one Ovlov.

 

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