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Formed in northern Virginia in 1998, Over It is now based on Orange County, California and deals in the kind of high-energy guitar pop that has become the region's calling card. Too emotional to be called punk and too edgy to be called emo, Over It's music goes down like a really good granola bar — sweet but substantial, crunchy but nutritious. If the band has a weakness, it's relentless cheerfulness and sincerity. Those are refreshing qualities in a hard-charging rock & roll band, but every once in awhile you'll find yourself longing for just a faint tinge of tangy irony to offset the sweetness. What they give you instead is an occasional burst of insane velocity — the headlong sprint of "Ignore the Noise," for example, or the Gilbert & Sullivan-meets-Daddy Freddy speed-rap of "Partner in Crime." Everything else, in particular the exhortatory "We Are the Ordinary" and the ambiguously admonishing "Take a Look Inside," celebrates the best of the human spirit at a slower tempo, but with just as much bare-knuckled intensity and a big, happy smile. Recommended.


Formed: 1998 in Alexandria, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Discovering new limits for reckless impressions of the rock genre and inspired by alternative bands like Jimmy Eat World or NOFX, Over It bring on invigorating stamina to the punk-pop style. Forming in Alexandria, VA, in 1998 (and later relocating to California), Over It combined a four-piece crew, fronted by Peter Munters (guitar, vocals) and supported by Nick Bailey (guitar), James Ulrich (drums), and Seth Watts (bass). A few months after assembling, the band entered the studio to record their...
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