Review: The Overtones, Royal Concert Hall, by Steve Haines
THE Overtones provided an evening of nostalgic vocal harmonies with just a hint of cheese, especially in their audience interactions – and it was a big hit with those that had turned out to their show at the Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday night.
Jessica Clemmons had the job of opening but with much of the stage set up for the headliners, there was little room for her to make her presence felt and coupled with stilted backing track it gave an overall feeling of average cabaret.
The Overtones appeared in silhouette and after a well-received curtain drop reveal, they launched into Keep Me Hangin' On.
The vocals were a little muffled initially, but the harmonies were spot on and the level of chat with the audience was excellent.
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The quartet were in excellent spirits and this came across in fantastic performances of Unforgettable, Only You and Why Do Fools Fall In Love.
There was a nod to more modern pop with a version of Cee-Lo Green's Forget You but in the main the vibe was nostalgia, revisiting the heyday of the vocal harmony groups of the 50s and 60s.
That helped create a party atmosphere and ensured a good time was had by all.
It's easy to see why The Overtones are very popular as a live act, with tight vocals and neat choreography. There's every reason to think that they'll be around for many years to come.