Overtones overwhelm their fans

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The Overtones

Portsmouth Guildhall

The Overtones are nothing if not slick. Five lads with a beautiful blend of voices and an equally impressive array of synchronised moves, they held the largely-female audience at Portsmouth Guildhall in the palms of their hands.

Think Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, think Dion and the Belmonts and think Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and you have the rich musical roots on which The Overtones draw.

Tracks such as Higher and Gambling Man went down a storm, but the real showstoppers were the hits of yesteryear, belted out with impeccable co-ordination. Arguably, you can’t go wrong with the likes of Runaround Sue, Reet Petite, Why do Fools Fall in Love? and You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling, and The Overtones certainly didn’t.

With each classic, it seemed, the ladies’ screamed response rose to shriller and yet shriller heights, prompting repeated and lengthy assurances from the boys that this was the probably the best and wildest audience to which they had played.

You’ve got to bet that they say that to all the girls, but no matter. This was a hugely enjoyable show from a talented and wholesome group who will continue to climb the ladder of success.

Introducing a Fairground Attraction cover, they said they had insisted on adding it to their playlist despite doubts expressed by their record company. So off they went with Perfect. Which is what they undoubtedly were to the sea of swaying, screaming fans in front of them.

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