Overman: The Evolution EP

evolutionepCharles Darwin gets his due

Overman is a four-piece from the Chicago area who blend 70s country and southern rock with the funky feel of Primus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The lead track of their latest release, The Evolution EP, is bound to raise the ire of Pastafarians and certain fundamentalist Christians with its ode to Charles Darwin. Those raised in front of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons will dream that “Evolution Rocks” gets its own Schoolhouse Rocks-styled animation. The song has already found its way into school classrooms across the country and gained an official endorsement from the National Science Teachers Association. The EP’s less flamboyant disc-mates include the tuneful country-rock “Princess” whose cheery tone appears to harbor a heroin overdose and a car crash, the rustic rock-funk of “Move On” (with a guitar solo that for a second may remind you of John Cipollina), and the jam-band flavored country rock closer, “Sweet Escape.” Though “Evolution Rocks” provides the EP’s intellectual hook, the three additional tunes provide musical depth. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]

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