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Grabbing guitars this time around, although “The Fight” sees The Overcoats with a slightly rockier and grittier sound, its anchor is still the amazing harmonies that Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell produce. The album is a battle cry; a rallying call as the band forged a new identity. Released at the start of March, it’s almost like they released the perfect album to get us through this pandemic without even knowing it.

Tempering punk energy with vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness, The Fight is a ten-song battle-cry. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. The Fight is the push. “The idea you have to fight for who you are, what you want, and what you hope to see in the world became poignant for us,” says Overcoats. “We realized the thing to do is not to wait for life to get easier, but to start fighting harder.”

Case in point – the soaring Fire & Fury thanks to its ascending refrain, “We’ll get through it.” If that doesn’t give you the motivation to get through whatever it may be, you’re ice cold. New album The Fight, released March 6th, 2020 Loma Vista Recordings

Band Members: Hana Elion, JJ Mitchell

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Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats have always made songs with a decidedly sororal harmony; theirs is music of empowerment through thick and thin. But where the folksy electro of 2017’s “Young” proved to be deft art-pop, The Fight looks to be the moment where the New York born and bred duo unfurls into a full-blown pop sensation. With the help of producers Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon) and Yves Rothman (Miya Folick, Freya Ridings), Overcoats have crafted singles like the layered, decadent and choral “The Fool” and the absolutely explosive, guitar-heavy “Keep The Faith.” “We realized the thing to do is not to wait for life to get easier, but to start fighting harder,” the pair said in a release, and I’ll be damned if this maxim isn’t bursting through all of Overcoats’ new material.

Our new album draws on the concept of fighting – whether it’s a fight with a significant other, a fight for rights & representation in politics, or a fight against inner demons. with this album, we want people to feel like things they thought were futile are possible, to feel excited for the future. even in these apocalyptic times, we have to keep trying. in trying, we want people to feel powerful in who they are and what they can achieve.

We have a very special dynamic. It’s give and take – when one of us is feeling stressed, the other acts as the calming force. If one of us is nervous before a show, the other brings the excitement. We switch off roles, but we always try to work as a team. We also get to be good cop, bad cop – which is helpful in sticky situations. The best thing about Overcoats’ partnership is the thing that got us started on this journey – the feeling of singing together. That magic feeling, of feeling like everything is perfect just for a moment, that is what keeps us going. It feels like the world isn’t broken, just for a second.

Band Members
Hana Elion
JJ Mitchell

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Overcoats is a Brooklyn-based duo that mixes traditional folk, soul, and gospel with the forward-thinking electronic production of Sylvan Esso and Little Dragon. Their debut album “YOUNG” is built on the themes of family, love, and concepts of womanhood. Produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, Dirty Projectors) and experimental R&B artist Autre Ne Veut, the deluxe edition of their debut album YOUNG featuring the new track “I Don’t Believe In Us” is out now!

If you needed yet another reason to love Overcoats, bless them because they just gave it to you. At the end of April, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, uber-talented vocalists/musicians/all-around stargrlz, released their highly anticipated debut album, Young, and it’s a game changer.

The 12-song album, co-written by the duo, builds upon their self-titled EP (which featured “Smaller Than My Mother”, “The Fog”, “Walk On”, and “Little Memory”), and brings several new songs into the fold, each imbued with its own personality. The more familiar tracks have also been revamped, creating a fuller, more mature soundscape that personifies where Overcoats have been, where they are, and where they’re going. And boy, are they going places.

Overcoats have an incredible ability to create honest stories that allow us to heal openly.  A subtle, but ever-present concept throughout the album is learning who we are in the world and coming to terms with the ways in which we have changed

Overcoats YOUNG Best Alt-Folk of 2017

Overcoats is the New York-based female duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their debut album “Young” captures a sound rich in minimalism and melody: songs of connection and tension, on the depths of love and challenges of family. Imagine Joseph, but with one less voice and an electronic twist. Meet Overcoats, the sulty folktronica sensation that I’m head over ears in love with as of this week. It’s like folk got an upgrade that included sass 2.0, syncopation, and an invitation to dance. Their music works a capella, it thrives acoustically, and it shines as a recorded product. Who knew folk could be this flexible and funky?

Overcoats’ music draws strength from vulnerability, finding light through darkness, and the catharsis of simple, honest songwriting. Young is about a transformation: the passage into womanhood, sung through the shared experience of two best friends.

Young was written by Overcoats and co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs) and experimental R&B artist Autre Ne Veut, with additional production from Myles Avery and mixing by Ben Baptie (Lapsley, Lianne La Havas, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson).

 

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Setting a benchmark for cool, even by New York standards, Overcoats bottled a feelings of connection, tension and the depths of love and trickiness of family relationships on their first album Young. Released on Arts & Crafts Records this year, the record has a tremendous subtlety with Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell drawing strength from vulnerability, lighting up the dark with their timeless, honest songwriting. The two best friends are guaranteed to captivate, bringing their noirish, hushed record beautifully to life.

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