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Now It's Overhead

Fall Back Open

(Members From Azure Ray. Guest Vocals By Michael Stipe, Conor Oberst)

Saddle Creek 58

Released on March 9, 2004

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Andy LeMaster spent two years of dark downtime at his studio (Chase Park Transduction) creating a sketchbook of songs that became the first Now It's Overhead record. To complete his sketches, Andy called on the help of drummer Clay Leverett and Azure Ray's Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor.

The studio project became a full-time band. Fall Back Open marks another two years of sleepless nights and the next step down the path to NIO glory. At once celebratory, frustrated, and heartbreaking, the music of Fall Back Open is diverse without being stylistically inconsistent.

From dark, beat-driven sensuality to bright, country-tinged melodies, the band's epic tones and distinctive vocals provide threads of unity that run throughout. The talents of the band are augmented by guest vocals from Michael Stipe and Conor Oberst, giving you something to write and/or talk about before any of the more important things.

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Wait In Line Voted #1  25%
2 Surrender Voted #2  25%
3 Profile  8%
4 Turn & Go Voted #3  25%
5 Fall Back Open  0%
6 Decision Made Itself  17%
7 Reverse  0%
8 Antidote  0%
9 A Little Consolation  0%
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Jorge from Salamanca, Spain 
Sep 4 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

With its self-titled debut album, Now It's Overhead put to shame latter-day indie bands from a cross-section of genres--from emo to new wave and industrial--while still sounding remarkably original, coherent, and extremely listenable. Steeped in the relative eclecticism of '80s and '90s "alternative" music, the band uses its considerable skill to turn numerous great moments from that period into four-minute slabs of brilliant pop. Songs like "6th Grade Roller" suggests there's a Nitzer Ebb record somewhere in singer-songwriter Andy LeMaster's closet, while "Blackout Curtain," does Thompson Twins almost as well as they did themselves. Though a fuzzy curtain of distortion is a constant backdrop to NIO's sound, in front of it the group creates as affecting a song with mellow guitar and vocal harmonies as it does with dramatic electronic displays through "Goodbye Highway." The concluding "A Skeleton on Display," meanwhile, with an added string or woodwind part, could easily have come from the Delgados' gorgeous The Great Eastern.

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