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Overlake (band)

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Tom Barrett of Overlake at the 2017 NJIRF.jpg
Tom Barrett at the 2017 North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.
Background information
OriginJersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresRock, indie pop, shoegazing
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsKilling Horse Records, Bar/None Records
MembersTom Barrett
Nick D'Amore
Lysa Opfer

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Overlake is an American rock band that is from New Jersey.


Overlake is a shoegaze and indie rock trio from Jersey City, New Jersey. They formed in 2012, when guitarist and vocalist Tom Barrett and bassist and vocalist Lysa Opfer, who were playing in another group, became friends over their mutual interest in 1990s bands, and decided to collaborate.[1][2] Drummer Scotty Imp soon joined the duo to complete Overlake. Their music draws comparison to the bands My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive.[1] In 2014, Overlake signed with the record label Killing Horse Records.

Killing Horse Records[edit]

Overlake released their debut album Sighs on compact disc and digital download on April 15, 2014, via Killing Horse Records. The Fire Note says "there is a lot of great melody through the record that makes these songs almost feel like your already know them from a past relationship" and compares the album to the music of Sonic Youth and Doves, and BrooklynVegan notes that their "influences are apparent, [however] Barrett and Opfer take a different path with them, and their vocal interplay really makes things appealing."[2][3] They performed at the 2014 South by Southwest music festival.[4] Drummer Nick D'Amore joined the band three years later in 2015.[5] They released "Travelogue" as a single on 7"-vinyl on October 30, 2015, also via the record label Killing Horse Records, and toured the South and Midwest of the United States extensively throughout 2016.[6] The single was recorded and Mixed by Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, New Jersey in January 2015, and mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Mastering in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Bar/None Records[edit]

After seeing a few Overlake concerts, Bar/None Records label owner Glenn Morrow signed them, in late 2016.[7] Their second studio album Fall was released on compact disc and digital download on May 12, 2017, via Bar/None Records.[8] Speaking about the album, Barrett said "I like that it's only eight songs because there are a couple of epics on it."[9] The album was listed as a local worthy album in PopMatters' The Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop of 2017.[10] In 2017, Overlake opened for the Brian Jonestown Massacre in New York City, and performed at the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival on 23 September.[11]


  • Tom Barrett – guitar and vocals
  • Nick D'Amore – drums
  • Lysa Opfer – bass and vocals

Past members[edit]

  • Scotty Imp – drums


  • "Travelogue" (2015)
  • "Winter is Why" (2015)



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