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Overnite began with two guitarists-songwriters from Central Falls, RI -
Joe Listenfelt on lead guitar and
Christopher Gillis on rhythm guitar.
After a year of writing music together
from early 1989 to 1990, they began searching for the ideal
combination of musical talent that would fit their vision
and original style. The first addition was the invitation
for Joe's brother Marc to join in 1990. Marc had a great
voice as well as being a great songwriter and guitarist.
However, after a few months, he decided to part ways and
go solo. Luckily, the Listenfelts' had a big family of talented
musicians, and Joe's other brother Matt Listenfelt,
who originally joined the band as a bass player, replaced Marc on lead vocals in 1990. Matt was also an excellent songwriter, vocalist and guitarist.
This was the first step, but
the band required more vocals and a keyboard player. Chris
had a high school friend that fit perfectly, so Jim
Harvey joined the band that same year. At this
point, the band only needed to fill the last two vacancies
in the band: bass and drums. Matt had a co-worker and friend
that played bass, so Ray DeClerq filled
that role, while Jim brought in our original drummer Gary
This was the original lineup
that produced the first two singles on tape in 1991, "Don't
Be Shy" and "Tears of Silence." As the band
pushed forward with cover gigs to work towards a full album
release, it became apparent that Gary wasn't working out
and desired different objectives. Ray brought in Steve
Lagarto to replace Gary. Steve was an accomplished
drummer who had already played the New England circuit and
had graduated from Berklee. This band combination had a
run from 1991-1993.
Additional members: John Oliver (Drums), Mick Coste (Drums, vocals), and Dave Gouin (Bass, vocals). Overnite's major influences include Yes, Rush, Journey, Styx, Boston, Asia, Aerosmith, and Foreigner.
passed away in December of 1997. In 2016, the band has decided
to share with their fans, friends, and family their complete
recorded works. This new release, 'Dusk to Dawn'
is dedicated to Joe's memory.
Complete Recordings available by Overnite:
Dusk to Dawn
(2016) CD and Digital Release
(featuring the entire Overnite catalog and bonus live tracks)
Digital Side of the Moon: Phase Five
(1998) Compilation CD
(featuring "Take Me Back," "Cryin' Shame,"
"All The Way," and "Don't Be Shy")
Digital Mystery Tour: Side Nine
(1996) Compilation CD
(featuring "All The Way")
Digital Graffiti: Volume Two
(1993) Compilation CD
(featuring "Don't Be Shy" and "Tears of Silence")
"Don't Be Shy"/"Tears of Silence"
(1992) Cassette Single
Excerpt from The Original Approach
by Paul Harling
February 11-24, 1993
First, we heard the Rhode Island
Band - OVERNITE. I couldn't say where they were from, East
Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, etc... These guys
are an excellent, solid pop-rock 5-piece band. With keyboards.
I mean, great keyboards - piano style. This asset in a band
can always lead to a dynamic song format and arrangement.
Which lead us to OVERNITE's best quality as an original
band - their music.
Just so happens - their keyboard
player is also their lead singer, Jim Harvey. And this band
can sing. Harmonies that work with every feeling evoked
in their music. Contributing to those vocals are bass player
Dave Gouin and guitarist Chris Gillis. Lead guitarist Joe
Listenfelt poured on the feeling while John Oliver pumped
out the heart of the rhythm on drums.
OVERNITE almost had me singing
along with songs like "Take Me Back" with its
strong vocal arrangement - which was also present on the
Asia-like tune "Tears Of Silence."
The band proved to be instrumentally
dynamic as well, with the introduction of "Wooded Fields,"
and the instrumental "Holding On." The signature
song "Overnite" provided us with a song minus
guitars - a very clever trick on the part of Harvey, whose
keyboard dexterity and full chord voicings offered no need
for the guitars.
OVERNITE covered the realm of
FM pop rock with the tunes, and backed it all up with the
individual talents and abilities that make a pro band. The
best of luck to OVERNITE, and I hope to see them here at
the Approach again soon.
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