The music of An Overnight Low is based on a journey, one that has inspired a trilogy of travel-themed albums, each named after one of the three train stations Chad Walls frequented most: Euston (released 2015), Piccadilly (released 2016), and Waverley (released 2017). An Overnight Low (featuring Mac Coldwell, Chris Mayo, Sam Anderson, Mike Murphy, and Tina Nadeau Murphy) is the band that Chad formed to help bring his songs to life, both in the recording studio and on the performance stage.
The first release of the trilogy, Euston, was released in 2014 to favorable reviews. Ben Meiklejohn of Mainley Media observed that Euston “sounds like R.E.M. would sound like if they were downgraded from being a spectacle arena-rock band to being a small folk-rock band performing in a café.” Mark Curdo, DJ for WCYY and a contributing writer for Maine Magazine, stated that Euston “delivers vintage, old-school college rock, from back when college radio was at its finest.” Rick Johnson of the Portland Press Herald added, “The resulting song cycle that makes up the album plays like a great road movie, and hits all the essential road movie bullet points along the way, including lost loves, fading friendships, loneliness tinged with excitement, travel in general and the characters one meets along the way on any journey.”
Euston also received positive reviews in the UK. One track from the album, “Goodnight, Portland”, was named "Single of the Week" on 94.4 FM Salford City Radio, and members of An Overnight Low are regulars on David Gray’s Punk Monk Show on that station.
Piccadilly debuted at number one on Bull Moose’s “Top 10 Local Releases” when it arrived in November of 2015, and also received positive reviews. Mike Dow of The Maine Edge praised An Overnight Low’s “smooth sound, especially in a live setting”, while also calling Piccadilly “one of the most rewarding Maine-made listens of 2015.” Gascan Magazine added that “Albert’s Square”, a track from Piccadilly, “feels like an undiscovered Beatles demo”, while Emily Stoddard-Burnham of BDN’s Culture Shock noted that, “Piccadilly is, naturally, a continuation of themes explored in Euston…. It’s also a musical continuation, that’s very much in keeping with the tuneful, melodic, Beatles-haunted indie pop that was present on the first album.”
With producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman again at the helm, Waverley found An Overnight Low exploring new sonic landscapes. Lyrically, Waverley continued where Piccadilly had left off, exploring old ghosts and demons in the wonderful city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The Maine Edge’s Mike Dow promptly declared Waverley to be “An Overnight Low’s most musically varied and richly-produced collection yet”, and WCYY’s Mark Curdo added that “They make music on Waverley that’s intelligent, which goes back to their Beatle influences”. David Gray from Salford City Radio offered what was probably the best summation: “Waverley is a really uplifting collection of songs, even in those moments when it is dealing with darker themes. It’s a truly mature collaboration between musicians who are still in touch with their inner child, and so are bold enough to name life’s games, and free enough to have fun”.
In the closing months of 2017 a new live album was released, “Live: Local Motives”. At around the same time, Chad began hosting his own radio show on Salford City Radio called, appropriately enough, “An Overnight Low”, providing a wonderful opportunity to promote the band’s music, along with the music of other up and coming local artists. As 2017 drew to a close, An Overnight Low received a Portland Music Award, recognized as the city’s “Best Rock Act” by readers of the Portland Phoenix. Acknowledging the award, the Phoenix stated “...Keeping with the train metaphors, An Overnight Low has proved they’re not just just passing through, they’re here to stay.”
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