We asked you a while back to send in your story on how you discovered The Overtones and what their music means to you.
It took us a while to sort through them all, thank you so much for the overwhelming response!
We only picked one story that we will share in full with you, but that doesn’t make it anymore meaningful than the others, it just grabbed our attention a bit more.
You will find excerpts of a few more stories right after the featured one.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
My name is Mario. I’m currently 22 and I live in Des Moines Iowa in the US. The way I discovered The Overtones was actually about a month ago, I was searching for the song “Can’t take my eyes off you” by Frankie Valli and I believe it was the 5th or 6th option on youtube.
I saw these 5 great looking guys all dressed up and i decided to give it a try, as soon as the song started i fell in love with theguys’ charm, i immediately sent the link to a few of my co-workers, after that i started listening to more song from The Overtones. I listened to Pretty Woman, Super Star, Loving the sound, Say what i feel, Second last chance and many more.
I love the beat of all of the guys’ songs and the guys’ voices and style it’s like the complete package. I went into my google play store since i own an android device to buy the guys’ albums but the only songs i found were a few Christmas songs, :( I actually went over my data limit since the only way for me to listen to your music was on youtube lol.
All of The Overtones’ songs put me in a great mood and i listen to them every morning on my way to work and also when im at work. You could even ask my girlfriend everytime we go some place in the care you best believe The Overtones are playing lol I even re-activated my Twitter account to see what theguys are up to, it’d be a pleasure to meet the guys one day but they are so far away, :( but.. I’m glad i discovered the guys!
Keep doing what your doing because you are all GREAT!!!!!!
Mario P., USA
“My Dad and I fell in love with five extremely talented voices after seeing them live in 2011 in Bristol! The best part of the evening was standing outside the venue meeting people that I would now call close friends! It was funny because we all just clicked and then when the overtones joined us it just felt like a big group of friends!
From that day onwards my love of the overtones grew! And there are thousands more stories to tell but that could go on forever!!!
I am always extremely appreciative of the lads and all the lovely supportive fan base.”
Charlotte D., UK
My husband Mike bought me VIP tickets to the Overtones Christmas Party at G-Live in Guildford, Surrey, in the UK after I had made such a great progress recovering from the stroke I suffered in June 2014.
So once again, we flew all the way from the United States to see “the boys” and this turned out to be the best night of my life. Although I was mostly in a wheelchair, I was at a stage where I could stand for a couple of minutes; I had been practicing standing and walking as I wanted to meet the guys while standing up.
They will never know how much that meant. I love the guys (and my husband Mike doesn’t have a problem with that, as their music and kind spirits have helped me so much in my recovery)!
Quite simply, the Overtones are my heroes
Jean P. USA
What does The Overtones Music mean to you?
“Their music means the world to me it picks me up when I’m feeling down, makes me want to dance before a night out, makes my little boy giggle and dance, and makes me zone out into another world and get lost in the music and their amazing voices.
My love for each of the boys is deep in my heart and no matter what they do together or on their own that will never change. Each and everyday I listen to their music and it makes the world a brighter place and puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step, their tweets also get me giggling night and day.”
Kristy S., UK
“Ich ein großer Fan von den Jungs und ihnen auch gleichzeitig dankbar, den ihre Musik hat mir durch eine schwere Zeit geholfen und mir immer wieder neuen Mut gegeben. Dafür bin ich ihnen unendlich dankbar. Und da mir bis jetzt noch kein Album von ihnen nicht gefallen hat, bin ich mir sicher das ich noch lange Fan bleiben werde.”
Julia S., Deutschland
“What does their music mean to me well……
EMOTIONS I have felt them all loved, sang along smiled , cried and felt very thoughtful listening to the lovely set of music we have…I have never got bored of listening to the boys. There songs and harmonies mean that my ears can be blessed with the sweetest sound wether I’m having good or bad times xx I can lose myself in their music .
It has also opened up me to chatting to lots of fellow toners and I really hope to meet some one day.”
Bex R., UK
“The fellas are amazing, first saw them on this morning and through the they are amazing.love the music and been to 2 of their concerts,and would love them to came back to London this year.their music makes you what to dance and sing along.then l saw them on in everything on TVs and I have brought all their cd’s and can’t wait for new music from them and more concerts. They are the best group going and follow them on Twitter,Facebook.”
Rona W., UK
“Me and mum have been hooked ever since that night in October 2010 and for me not only is it the boys music voices and personalities it’s the fact I get to share it all with my mum my best friend we try and see the boys whenever we can sometimes my job gets in the way but wherever we go we always have such a fun fantastic time and we have made some lovely friends along the way.”
Hayley S., UK
“A Friend invited to my first The Overtones concert and I had the best night in a very long time. I sang, I danced and went home buzzing. Went out the very next day and bought Good ‘Ol Fashioned Love. Googled them and became a Toner. They were amazing, am so glad my friend won those tickets and introduced me to The Overtones. I’ve been a fan ever since and been to every concert (except the first one) as a VIP. Obviously I can’t wait for their next tour so I’m booked for a couple of one night gigs this year. Roll on the Tour!!”
‘The Overtones saved my music life.
For me the best thing about them is, unbelievably fantastic show! I believe nobody can’t help dropping their jaws !!
I also like each albums have totally different colours, but definitely the colour of TheOvertones!
I’m gonna enjoy every their performance from now on, even if it’s some genre I’ve never listened to. Really really love their style in everything!”
A Fan from Japan
“Without them I would not have so many wonderful memories, found so many great and close friends and I would not have added more great music to the sound track of my life.”
Deb W., UK
I saw them perform their version of Sh-Boom on Daybreak or Gmtv or whatever it was called at the time back in 2010 and thought it was superb! As soon as I received The Overtones “Good Ol’ Fashioned Love” album, I was instantly hooked! I’m so glad I watched tv on that day as since then I’ve had many truly wonderful experiences, met new people from all over the world and made new friends. I also conquered my fear of travelling alone! (Yes really lol) What an amazing 5 or so years it’s been! And it’s all because of these 5 super talented boys and their incredible music.
Kate N., UK
I enjoy listening to all your albums I can’t really pick a favourite album they are all just fantastic (can’t wait for Christmas time to bring out the Christmas album again).
I am so glad I picked up that album that day, I love your music and can’t wait for the next album I would love to see a dvd of a concert been released and thank you for the lovely memories and fantastic music.
Liz B, UK
Last but not least we would like to share a little Facebook comment that made us chuckle ;)
How did you discover The Overtones?
Knew Darren since he was born.. I am his dad!
Thanks again to everyone that submitted their Story to us.
Your The Overtones Germany Admin Team
photo courtesy of @the_overtones on Twitter 2012
Chris Oatway of Wythenshawe FM 97.2 spoke to Mark Franks of The Overtones about their featuring in That’s Entertainment which comes to Manchester’s Opera House May 10th-14th,2016.
Mark also talked about upcoming plans for album No 6th and a possible tour around Christmas.
Listen to the full interview here:
Tickets for the That’s Entertainment Show featuring The Overtones at the Manchester Opera House are available here: Tickets
We recently ask Darren Everest a few personal questions.
Read here, who his favourite singer is and why he loves being a part of The Overtones.
Favourite Singer/Band: Me. The Overtones.
Favourite Movie/TV Series: Love the Rocky films. Been getting into Peaky Blinders recently.
Favourite pastime? Memories of family holidays on our boat and swimming in the ocean in Spain.
Biggest pet peeve: /
Which instruments do you play? triangle
When did you start singing /fall in love with music? I’d say when I was around 15 years old
I love being part of The Overtones because…..I get to have a laugh with my mates and travel.
What is your favourite memory with the Band? Dancing on ice is definitely up there. Along with performing at the London Palladium.
What is your most embarrassing stage experience story? I forgot some lyrics to a verse I was singing once on tour. After the song I confessed and did it again acapella.
Which Overtones album is your favourite? Ooh tough one. The 1st one was special obviously but I’d say Sweet Soul Music.
How important is it for you to interact with your fans and what does it mean to you?
It’s very important as we have such loyal fans. It’s nice to let them know we appreciate them and wouldn’t be here without them.
We were given the opportunity to ask Mark Franks some personal questions as part of our 4 year anniversary celebration, read below what he had to say.
|Name: Mark Robert Franks
Nickname: not got one. Any suggestions?
Favourite Singer/Band: Kylie
Favourite Movie/TV Series: Back To The Future
Favourite pastime: Remixing/producing
Biggest pet peeve: loud eaters
Which instruments do you play: piano
When did you start singing /fall in love with music? When I started dancing at the age of 4.
I love being part of The Overtones because…..
I get to wear some proper snazzy suits?
What is your favourite memory with the Band?
Has to be the Queens Jubilee. Not everyday u get to have a knees up at The Queens gaff!!
What is your most embarrassing stage experience story?
Glasgow… Higher Tour… (That’s all I’m saying!)
Which Overtones album is your favourite?
Proud of them all but gotta love a bit of Saturday Night At The Movies.
How important is it for you to interact with your fans and what does it mean to you?
The Toners mean the world to us. Without u there would be no Overtones… So THANK YOU! X
They were more than happy to tell us about their upcoming guest appearances at the Thats’s Entertainment Show, album no 6th and lots more.
1. What can the audience of the That’s Entertainment Show expect from your guest appearance?
(TIMMY) We are going to give audiences an extravaganza of old classic numbers from the 40s and 50s and up through to the 60s. It’s a celebration of this golden era and guess what ???? Your all invited
2. Will being part of a Variety Show over a long period of time and also taking part of an Overseas cruise this summer, leave you with enough time to write and record new material for your 6th album?
(LACHIE) Hahahaha! I like the way you’ve worded that to find out about the 6th album (I’m on to you!!). It’s going to be a busy summer and we have some really great fun gigs coming up but there is also good amounts of time to be able to record and curate another album as well as write our originals. We’re in discussions about this at the moment, obviously we can’t (sadly) give you an exclusive on this, but we will, naturally, let you know as soon as we know ourselves.
3. Is there a special song you would like to cover on your next album? If so, does this song have a special meaning to you?
(LACHIE) there are lots of songs we would live to cover. After 5 albums, we have sung so many of the classics that are near and dear to our fans hearts, but there are certain songs up our sleeves that we have been looking forward to recording for some years, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to get them down in the studio.
4. Any chance for more acapella performances, since that was a big hit during the Sweet Soul Music tour?
(LACHIE) Short answer, yes. Longs answer, yes.
5. Where would you like to see yourself within the next 5 years as an artist? What are your long-term career plans? Do you have any plans to do anything besides performing with The Overtones? Acting, modelling, choreography etc.
(TIMMY) life has been pretty good to us boys so far so we will go with the wind and enjoy whatever comes next as a group and as individuals .
6. Thinking back to the very beginning of the band, how do you feel about your performance today and is it much different for you now than when you first started performing?
(LACHIE) that’s a good question, I’ve been thinking about that lately myself. I remember at the start of our career and during album one how there was an added pressure to everything we did because we were trying so hard to prove ourselves and there is a stress that comes with that. 5 albums, 6 or so tours and 1000000 album sales later there is a really nice feeling of relaxation around the work we have done, which for me personally, means we can go on stage and enjoy ourselves, our music, our relationship and connection with fans and have as a good a time as everyone in the audience. It’s a really good feeling.
(MIKE) Great question. When we were first signed to Warner Brothers there was certainly a pressure, albeit welcome pressure, to perform to an extremely high standard. After all for us it was our dream but for WB it was a business. Now, of course, there’s still pressure to sell albums and tickets but there’s also a comfort in standing on stage and making people happy. For me I feel at ease on stage or in front of a camera. I feel like over the years we’ve honed our skills to what we’ve seen our fans respond positively to. There’s a great contentment that comes with that.
7. What is your worst distraction while on stage, and what is your favourite thing to see in the audience?
(MIKE) My worst distraction on stage is Darren! He’s always trying to make me laugh and he loves to poke me of we pass each other. It’s very funny and it’s good to see the fans and audience enjoying the banter too!
(LACHIE) if I pull a face or sing a dud-lyric, I tend to get the giggles, and then obviously I see someone in the first three rows who is just as aware as I am that I have f***ed up something, and then they get the giggles, then I get the giggles that they get the giggles and then it’s game over for that song really.
Truly one of my favourite sights is looking out into the audience about two-thirds the way through a great show and seeing the whole crowd be as one. It’s an unidentifiable quality and it’s magical when it happens. There is no better feeling that coming off stage at the end of one of these shows knowing that the show was unique, individual and performed 100%.
8. Are there concrete plans to perform in cities outside the UK in the near future?
(MIKE) Plans are always fluid and changing. We absolutely love to travel and perform in different countries so fingers crossed we’ll be travelling again soon.
We thank The Overtones and their management for making this interview possible.