The Over Unders

About the Band

The Over Unders

The Over Unders, admittedly, did nothing to promote last year’s EP, Bet On Us.  So they were pleasantly surprised when Absolute Powerpop listed it as a Top 20 EP for 2017, as well as being listed as a Top 300 album by 1001 Records in September of last year.  To follow that up, the band, consisting of brothers, Sam (21) and Matthew (18) Hellman decided to record their first full-length LP, One Fine Day to showcase their “Britpop comes to Eau Claire, Wisconsin rock n‘ roll sound."


For the band, it really all began when Sam, at the age of 12, picked up a bass guitar and joined two friends to form the band, Rewind Society.  The trio then spent their middle school and high school years playing covers in bars (that could only happen in Wisconsin!) and local festivals in and around the city of Black River Falls.  After several years of “playing other people’s music” and their family moving to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Sam picked up a six-string and began writing his own songs.  Needing to hear how drums would sound on his songs, Sam enlisted the help of his younger brother, Matthew, who politely, but sternly said, “I don’t think so Sam.”    


Sam asked repeatedly, and when Matthew finally relented, the boys quickly realized they had a natural chemistry.  “Matthew had never played the drums, but he picked up on things pretty quickly,” recalls Sam.  “His drumming just added so much energy to my songs.”   After a while, the duo began playing their music in the Eau Claire area at open mics.  It was the positive feedback they received at those sessions, that led them to record their first EP,  2016’s self titled, The Over Unders.  Bet On Us followed the next year.  


“We had fun recording the EP’s, but we did not have any plan, or any idea, of how to promote them,” admits Matthew.  With each brother being able to play multiple instruments in the studio, the duo is nonetheless challenged to play many live gigs.  Being a two person band that wants a driving bass sound, playing live with just guitar and drums can be difficult.  While the brothers have recently assembled a backing band for live shows, they would ideally like to add a bass player and another guitar.