Fresh from supporting REM on their slightly ill-fated UK tour, Now It's Overhead release their first single here in the UK. Michael Stipe is a fan apparently, and Wait In A Line merely points to what millions probably suspected in the first place, namely that Mr Stipe has good musical taste.
Wait In A Line is one of the most unorthodox yet powerful songs I've heard for a wee while, featuring plenty of guitar delay effects, slide guitar and changes of rhythm courtesy of some stunning snare drum work. Andy LeMaster - erstwhile Bright Eyes producer on the side - has a strident voice, and when he's joined by the ethereal harmonies of Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor (who also ply their trade with Azure Ray), it really is a stroke of pretty damn cool-dom.
Being on the Saddle Creek record label, Now It's Overhead are able to get The Faint to chuck in a free remix. However, it can't top the earthier A-side nor the other track, the altogether more pensive Book Of Love. Now It's Overhead? They're certainly on my radar...