Forgot to Land
When Overwhelmed begins to promote it's sophomore release, Forgot to Land, it will lift the bands reputation for hard-hitting, critically-acclaimed alternative rock to a whole new level. Lead vocalist and guitarist Quentin Hagewood, along with brother Harlan on guitar and backing vocals; Brad Lacey on drums; and Kyle Pinion on bass produce an unforgettable sound that some compare to Sunny Day Real Estate and A Perfect Circle. The band is a regional powerhouse. In addition to a strong fan base, Overwhelmed's debut album, Zero, was praised in Southeast Performer Magazine and got airplay on WRAS 88.5 and the 96-Rock locals show. The Hagewood brothers were actually on opposite coasts - Harlan in Atlanta, Quentin in Portland - before the group came together in a manner that was anything but premeditated. 'I can't say we were sure music would be our entire future, but we knew it would definitely be a big part of our future, says Harlan. We both always seemed wide-eyed about it but kept the reality in view.' That common-sense approach helped the band find the right collaborators. Brad Lacey worked at the bar where the brothers played their very first showat the time, they weren't even aware he played drums. He was introduced by a mutual friend, who at the time was filling in as a temporary bass player. His playing and input was just what the band needed. When the temporary bassist left, the band placed an ad. Considering what a nightmare musician want ads can be, we picked a lucky time to pursue a new bass player, says Quentin. 'Kyle Pinion came in younger than the rest of us, ambitious, and the hardest working, freaking bass player--scratch that--band member we have ever met. He has quickly become like the younger brother you always wanted to have in your band, and your family.' Now, complete and with a second album on the threshold, Overwhelmed is anything but that. This is a band that knows there's great opportunity out there, but has stayed true to itself. 'This album is a collaboration between us, Matt Talbott, and Chuck Jopski as far as production is concerned,' says Hagewood. 'Forgot to Land is a true reflection of an Overwhelmed collaboration. We stayed true to ourselves and our music, perfect or not, for whatever that is worth.' If history is any guide, it's going to be worth a lot: new audiences, new record sales, and a whole new path for Overwhelmed.