Overcoats leap into The Current studio with new music

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Overcoats perform 'Leave If You Wanna' from their 2019 EP, 'The Fool,' live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Overcoats - Leave If You Wanna (Live at The Current) 03:46
  • Overcoats - The Fool (Live at The Current) 03:09
  • Overcoats - Keep the Faith (Live at The Current) 03:32

New York band Overcoats released their first full-length album, Young, in 2017, and they have been steadily releasing singles this year, gathering them in an EP titled "The Fool," released on September 9.

Anchored by Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, Overcoats can trace its roots as a project to 2011, when Elion and Mitchell met at Connecticut's Wesleyan University and became fast friends. "We realized quickly in our friendship that we both sang and loved to sing together," Mitchell recalls. "Neither of us had done much public singing prior to meeting each other. It definitely was kind of an awakening for both of us and an opportunity to feel comfortable and support each other in singing in public."

Since that time, they've evolved together as artists, as touring musicians and as people. In the past, they've advocated for gender equality in their work, and now they're expanding further. "Generally as we go through life, we're trying to think about equality in more universal terms that are based in people's humanity and not just their gender," Elion says.

And while it's exciting to hear the songs from the new EP, Overcoats say the music is a foretaste of more to come. "We're very concept-oriented artists," Mitchell says, "and we like to create bodies of work as a whole. Because our debut album came out almost three years ago, we wanted to introduce this new sound in a little bit of a slower fashion, and so we've given people a taste of what's to come with 'The Fool' EP, and we're hoping to put out a full-length record next year."

"All I can say," Elion adds, "is that there wouldn't be singles without something bigger coming."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session with Overcoats.

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Songs Performed


"Leave If You Wanna"
"The Fool"
"Keep The Faith"
All songs from Overcoats' 2019 EP, "The Fool," available on Loma Vista Recordings.

Hosted by Jade
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web production by Luke Taylor

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Overcoats - official site

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  • Overcoats perform in The Current studio
    Overcoats perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Hana Elion of Overcoats in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    JJ Mitchell of Overcoats in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Overcoats' Hana Elion and her guitar in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Mallory Hauser on guitar with Overcoats in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    JJ Mitchell of Overcoats performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Drummer Madi Vogt performing with Overcoats in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Overcoats perform in The Current studio
    Drummer Madi Vogt of Overcoats in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Overcoats perform in The Current studio
    Hana Elion of Overcoats performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Overcoats perform in The Current studio
    Hana Elion of Overcoats performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Overcoats portrait at The Current
    Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats, portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats, portrait at The Current
    Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats, portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats, portrait at The Current
    Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats, portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats, portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)