Yo, cool AF news that’ll give hope to all the underground WestCo bands on campus: Hana Elion ’15 and JJ Mitchell ’15, who created the popular band Overcoats, just announced on their Facebook page that they’ll be playing at SXSW this spring.
Read after the jump for SXSW’s writeup of the duo.
Overcoats is the New York City based duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Crafting dusky, spacious songs that draw strength from vulnerability, they imagine an electro soul-folk sound of soaring intimate harmonies over sparse electronic backdrops. Inspired by the likes of Lykke Li, The Staves and Nick Hakim, their gospel-tinged music finds uplifting beauty in simple, honest songwriting.
Overcoats’ self-titled debut EP, released in June 2015, catapulted them across the Atlantic into Dublin’s diverse and collaborative music scene. Performing nearly every night, they ended their stay in Ireland with a co-headline show at the renowned Whelans and a performance at Longitude Festival alongside the likes of James Blake, Hozier, and Ibeyi. They performed at Vice Magazine’s London showcase before returning to New York to play Mercury Lounge. Overcoats is now active in New York, performing and recording new material in studio.
Ever since they started writing together in 2014, Overcoats has had its foundation in friendship, an artistic duo whose songwriting verges on musical telepathy and empathy. Their mesmerizing harmonies finish each other’s thoughts. Their name comes from the strength they find in making music together. Like an overcoat, Hana and JJ’s music is as much about the armor they create for themselves through their art as it is about the vulnerability beneath.