California quintet Six Feet Over spent their first five years or so as a band playing and gigging cover versions but today launched a debut EP that oozes energetic hard rock goodness.
The Ridgecrest band have honed an exciting, hard-hitting and engaging brand of rock that’s packed with heavy riffing and big engaging vocals. They first formed back in 2014 with David Olson (lead vocals), Michael Murphree (drums and vocals), Brian Holm (rhythm guitar) and Ric Soard (bass) gigging songs by the likes of Breaking Benjamin, A Perfect Circle and Sublime. But they switched the focus to writing their own music when lead guitarist Brian Bidelman came on board early last year.
The result of that is today’s release of debut EP Flood, from which they sent us the excellent Invisible. It opens up with a cool stabbing guitar riff over pounding drums, then chugging guitars and driving drums under David’s engaging vocals that feed into a big catchy chorus.
The little darting riff returns over huge bass drum, then drops into another verse and chorus that ends with the lines “Will you see what I see when I see you, Will I get what you get when I get you, I will.” Lighter guitar lick comes in over light drums, then a little distant lick under laid-back vocals give way to heavier, drawn-out guitar chords as the vocals build in intensity.
Big chunky guitar chords jump in and are joined by big cries of “Do you see me?” to bring the track to a big conclusion. Give it a listen here:
The EP’s title track Flood is an even more impressive effort. It opens up with cool twisting guitar parts that drop into David’s vocals “Be right, Be wrong, Be weak, Be strong, And lie however you want to, Be left, Be wrong, Be weak, Be strong, And die however you want to, You can never be OK, Live to die another day.” A cool high-pitched guitar lick jumps in as the track dives into a big catchy chorus.
After a second chorus, the vocals intensify into big cries of “We will take you with us” then spoken vocals over stabbing ascending guitars. And that feeds into a final blast of the chorus, give it a listen here:
The EP is packed with high-energy hard rock goodness, including tracks like Plastic Alibis and the anthemic Grey Skies. However, we particularly love the sound of final track Valkyrie’s Cry, which opens up with big siren noises then cool spinning guitars that feed into a powerful opening verse.
Stabbing guitars and drums then support a huge chorus, which drops back into the opening spinning guitars and continues into another lively verse. A second chorus gives way to a drawn-out, emphatic guitar solo, which ends with big pounding bass drum then drops into light guitars.
It gradually builds with vocals “My lands are gone, My fields are gone, My house is gone,” which continue into “My clan has gone, My friends have gone, My wife has gone, My children gone, My oride has gone, My fiath has gone, My love has gone, My soul has gone,” ending on a big drawn out note. It then explodes into huge guitars over David’s big cries of “No victory, No dignity, No legacy, No history,” which repeat as the cool spinning guitars return and bring the track to a lively ending. Check it out here:
We’re loving the sound of this EP, so we had a chat with bassist Ric Soard to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Six Feet Over?
RS: “Six Feet Over came together in 2014 out of a desire to simply play music. Originally we focused 90s and 2000s cover songs from groups like Breaking Benjamin, A Perfect Circle, Sublime, you know ‘that’ sound. We started playing in the local venues around Ridgecrest, CA, expanded our set lists, and had a really great time. We’ve had some changes in the line-up, and when our new lead guitarist came on board in January 2019 we felt compelled to write, out of that is our first EP Flood.”
GR: You just released Invisible. What should people be expecting from the song?
RS: “Invisible is the third track on the EP. Flood presents a heartfelt, heavy, musical journey from a group who have ‘been there and done that’. We know our journey is not unique and we hope our listeners can relate to our experiences, maybe find some comfort, some humor, maybe some joy in our music.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
RS: “Our sound is heavy and loaded with energy. We really work to put the weight of our emotions into every song.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
RS: “We write about our history, our challenges, and our triumphs. Most of the band are veterans, and those memories definitely creep into our songs and lyrics. A lot of our music deals with emotional pain, and overcoming that pain.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
RS: “Everything from old school Black Sabbath to modern killers like Killswitch Engaged a couple of our members are heavily influenced by 80s bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Rush. While others thrive on the new complex super heavy metal vibe. We have a very diverse taste in music and it combines to create our unique sound.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
RS: “We’ve got some songs we’re ready to track, so perhaps two or three singles could come out near the end of the year. We’re talking to some video production teams locally. But most of all we’re really excited to get back to live shows! Just as soon as they call all clear on this pandemic.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
RS: “Our music is genuine, everything from the riffs, the lyrics, the drums, tells a story of who we are what we’ve gone through, and experienced. We’re truly grateful that we’ve had these adventures in life and we feel very lucky to be able to write about them and share them with others.”