In lieu of their planned Japanese tour, Houston’s OVERO and Tokyo’s ASTHENIA have shared the full stream of their new split release that we teased in our recent video premiere feature HERE and another new music video write-up HERE.
In this day and age of instant gratification and Spotify playlists, it’s easy to forget that there’s much more to music than just songs. In punk music especially, there’s a heavy culture closely attached to the scene, one that’s very much about and rooted in community. For decades now, split releases have been the physical embodiment of that ideology, and just because technology and listening habits among the mainstream have changed doesn’t mean those ideals have been diluted. As if to prove that point, Houston four-piece Overo—formed by members of emo outfit Football, etc. and politically-minded emo punks Perfect Future—has teamed up with Tokyo hardcore band Asthenia for a split 7-inch single. Each band contributed two songs to the split, and you can hear them all below—the soul-crushing, heart-wrenching emotional torment of Overo’s “Haunted By Heat” and “Near the End” and the jaded-but-blistering fire of Asthenia’s “Humans” and “Ghosts.” The bands had planned to tour Japan together, but that was cancelled in the wake of the pandemic. For now, this split release serves to commemorate what should have been—and what hopefully will be in the future. – read more in the official Flood Magazine premiere HERE.