The Overcoats are alchemists. They mix, brew and blend various genres and transform basic musical elements into aural gold. Although their sonic style is undefinable, Overcoats weave folk and electronica into their recordings, creating thrilling new sounds that resonate with the listener. In short, this East Coast-based duo are never afraid to take musical risks. Overcoats tickets are snapped up by alt-music lovers who crave something different to regular Top 40 fare.
The Overcoats are JJ Mitchell and Hana Elion, a cross-continental duo who share a love for experimental music. Mitchell was born in London, while Elion hails from New York City, and the two met while rooming together in college. The Overcoats struggle with coming of age and unrequited love in their music, taking listeners on journeys of self-doubt and overcoming the odds.
This twosome brings their respective musical experiences to the recording studio, creating tracks that sound like nothing else on the radio. This is evident in songs like "Little Memory," which featured on their debut EP. The track is melancholic and uplifting, showcasing the Overcoats' knack for creating a powerful melody with sparse instrumentation and minimalist production.
The Overcoats are accomplished live performers who play to packed-out crowds. Their intimate stage shows brim with emotion: Mitchell and Elion weave stark narratives of love and loneliness during every performance. As storytellers, the Overcoats have audiences in the palm of their hands. As musicians, they experiment with different instruments and vocal styles. This duo has lots of live experience -- they have toured the country playing clubs, theaters and music halls.
The Overcoats also utilize social media to communicate with their growing fanbase. The duo upload photos on Instagram and preview tracks on Soundcloud. As their profile continues to expand, so does their social media presence.
The Overcoats released their self-titled debut EP in 2012. The 12-song set turned heads in the industry and established the duo as one of the freshest alternative acts on the East Coast music scene. "The Fog" and "Walk On" are two songs that feature on the EP.
The Overcoats released their debut, YOUNG, in April 2017 through Arts and Crafts Productions. The set generated much critical buzz and introduced the duo to a mainstream audience. Fusing disparate genres like bluegrass and soul, the album covers topics like love and family. Some of the tracks on the album include "Smaller Than My Mother," "Father," and "Nighttime Hunger." YOUNG was also a commercial success. The album peaked at No. 35 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart -- the Overcoats' highest chart position to date.
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