Exclusive Interview with Florida Rock 'n' Roll Band Ovrhol (2013)
This is the exclusive interview with Richard Rey, the lead vocalist and guitar player of Ovrhol, a rock band from Miami, Florida, and writers of ‘Another You’ and ‘Let Me Go’. Ovrhol was first established in 2006, and they've been rocking and rolling up and down Florida ever since.
What inspired the name Ovrhol?
It was actually an ex-girlfriend of mine. The band had a different name, and she said to me that she didn’t think the name captured what the band is about. The idea for the name came from the fact that everybody in the band worked jobs, and had gotten stuck in the 9-to-5 type of life and left the music behind for one reason or another. We were trying to change and remake our lives and become musicians again. The whole idea is change, expanding, growing, and one day she called me and said ‘The name of the band is Ovrhol [overhaul]’, just like that, and I thought ‘Yeah… she’s right. That’s the name of the band’. I’m a big KISS fan, and a big fan of logos. A buddy of mine put the design together and I just fell in love with it.
What’s your favourite Ovrhol song?
It’s funny, that’s a tough question. It’s like having kids, you love all your children, and they all mean something special. We started with ‘Another You’ as it’s a cool ballad and super catchy. But it’s hard for me to say which one I like best. We’re working on a song right now that’s called ‘the Man’ which is just a freight train of a song – that’s probably my favourite. Close after would be ‘Fool’ that Enrico and I wrote together. Enrico actually wrote it first and then I added the lyrics, I really enjoyed doing that. Enrico is the bass player of Ovrhol, and he’s been with me forever - I fight with him like I fight with my brothers. We went out one night together and got really smashed and ended up getting into a fist fight. Our girlfriends were horrified but we talk about that night with great fondness.
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Who is your biggest influence?
I love the Foo Fighters. I’ve definitely got a man crush on Dave Grohl. My influences really come from different places, the attitude I have was borne from the guys in KISS. They’re bigger than life and put everything on the table – that’s stuck with me. But I think my favourite band really is Led Zeppelin. They’re my biggest influence – they were so unattached to a genre. We approach each song with a different point of view, Led Zep always did that. When everyone hears our music, every song will be a different style and a different story – that’s what we’re shooting for. A song just has to stand on its own.
What’s the first song you ever covered?
It was the first time I met Enrico. We covered ‘You Really Got Me’ by the Kinks. We’d placed an ad for a new bass player and no one answered for a long time – the other guys asked me to play bass guitar as well as sing, but I didn’t really want to do that. Months later, this guy – I didn’t even understand what he said – we arranged a time to meet him. I thought his name was El Rico! He shows up with long hair and skinny glasses and bell-bottom jeans, it was like he’d just stepped out of a time machine. The first song we queued up was You Really Got Me, and he got right into it – he was singing and everything; it felt like the band had been playing together forever, and we’ve been together ever since. Sometimes he’ll go back to Italy and people will ask me why I don’t just get a new bass player, but there’s no way I would.
Where would be the ultimate place to perform for you?
Of course the dream is to play in Madison Square Gardens and Wembley Stadium and all those kind of places, but the ultimate show for me would be to play in the American Airlines arena because it’s literally down the street from my house. I’d love to be this great rock star who jumps on the trolley [tram], plays a rock ‘n roll show, then jumps on the trolley back home, you know? I think that would be great, just to walk to my show locally - I think that would be a lot of fun. I love this town. I’d love to have a huge great show here. Unfortunately there’s not a big rock scene here – we’re hoping to make this a rock ‘n roll town.
Are there any new songs on the way?
‘The Man’, ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘This Time’ will definitely be on the album, and we’re expecting the CD to feature around 10 songs. We’re also planning to do a cover of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye. We love to do covers and make them our own. If it’s on the radio, we’re probably doing it!
Where are you hoping to head next?
For now goal is to expand our fan base in Florida and the southern states as much as possible. As long as the band is pushing forward, we’ll keep going.