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Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows- Heaters

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Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows
The California Kid

(Self-released)
12" 45-RPM EP

Overbey plays Americana music with a rock attitude, sometimes singing about subjects that everyman can relate to, like on the needs-no-explanation "I'm in Love Again," and sometimes waxing more poetic with storytelling like on the title cut. There are only six songs on this EP and while most of the record is rollicking, Overbey proves he sounds really good in a more subdued mode too, as on "Damn That Train," which even adds orchestration to the melody. Overbey has a voice, a little bit gravelly and world-weary, that gives every song an air of authenticity, and fans of acts like Steve Earle and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers will enjoy The California Kid.

Heaters
"Mean Green" b/w "Levitate Thigh"

Beyond Beyond is Beyond
7" single, green vinyl

"Mean Green" roars out of the garage with a surf board atop the woodie and a tab of acid under the tongue. A cool mash-up of surf and psych, the song moves to a fast chug highlighted by twangy guitar riffs and with vocals that are mixed into the background, as if they're floating in from points unknown. "Levitate Thigh" begins and ends as '60s-style psych, Haight Ashbury at its trippiest, but there are a couple of awesome surf guitar solos in between. A fun trip to the beach, even if it is just all in your mind.

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