The Overtones are a five-piece vocal harmony group formed in London in 2010, consisting of singers from England, Ireland and Australia. They were discovered by a Warner Brothers talent scout while working as decorators in a shop near Oxford Street, singing during their tea break. Their debut album Good Ol' Fashioned Love entered the UK Albums Chart at #16 in November 2010. However, after the re-release of the album in March 2011, it propelled to #4. They have sold in excess of 500,000 copies of their first album.
The boys were originally in a band called DYYCE, which then reformed as Lexi Joe, which formed the basis of The Overtones. With four members originally - Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest and Timmy Matley - the band had been performing for several years. The four all shared an interest in the doo-wop genre of the 1950s mixed with R&B and modern pop music. Their voices bear strong resemblance to a 1980`s doo-wop boyband, 14 Karat Soul. After auditioning on The X Factor (UK) in 2009, as Lexi Joe, they were rejected from the final top 24. Later, they met Lachie Chapman, discovered similar tastes in music and reformed themselves as a five-piece band, under the name of The Overtones. Everest then had the idea of starting a painting and decorating company so that the five could practice together while working. It was while painting a shop near Oxford Street in London that the band were discovered by a talent scout, whilst singing The Longest Time. They have since signed a 5-album deal with Warner Bros. Records.
The debut album from The Overtones features a number of original tracks written by the band, including their first single "Gambling Man" as well as the title track "Good Ol' Fashioned Love" and "Carolyn". In 2010 they made a number of high profile public appearances, supporting Peter Andre on tour, and performing at Stockport's Christmas lights switch-on and at the Abbey Park fireworks display in Leicester. They have also made a number of television appearances, including on This Morning.
On 13 March 2011, they were the house band for week 10 on the ITV show Dancing on Ice. On 1 June 2011 they were the house band for the third semi-final on the ITV show Britain's Got More Talent. In November 2011, they performed on The Saturday Night Show when presenter Brendan O'Connor had to hold up a curtain after a "terrible mishap occurred in the RTÉ studio". The incident, available on YouTube, was nominated for the "Brown Trousers Moment" award at the 2011 Erics.
On the 29 September 2012 they appeared on an episode of Red or Black? being part of a round by using a handkerchief in their performance. On the 9 December 2012 they appeared as special guest performers in the final episode of series 9 The Xtra Factor .
In mid 2013, they announced the release date of their third album, Saturday Night at the Movies. It is due to be released on the 4th November 2013.
Timothy Thomas "Timmy" Matley is from Cork, Ireland. He was born on the 16th February 1982, and is currently 31. Timmy got into performing arts at the age of 14, and at 16 years old he came to London to audition for a performing arts school. Timmy left Ireland when he was 17, as he didn't enjoy college. He went travelling and then came back and decided to get involved with songwriting and singing. He is the lead singer of the band, and sometimes joins the middle harmonies of the band. He loves Meerkats and knits in his spare time.
Mark Robert Franks comes from Sale, Manchester, England, and was born on the 9th May 1977. When he was young he had a hamster called, Hammy and his favourite colour is blue. From age 11 to 16 he attended the Royal Ballet School. He was a professional dancer for 10 years before joining The Overtones. Mark has a passion for remixing music, and has remixed one of The Overtones own songs. He enjoys The Beach Boys and his favourite shop is Topman. Mark enjoys mixing modern clothing with vintage, to create his own style. He sings the middle harmony sections in their songs.
Lachlan Alexander "Lachie" Chapman was born 7 February 1981, and comes from Manly, New South Wales, Australia. He left Australia on his 25th birthday, and came to England in the hope of becoming an actor. He is the Bass singer. Lachie would love to perform at Carnegie Hall. Back in Australia he has a dog called Matilda.
Michael "Mike" Crawshaw was born on the 12th February 1980 and comes from Bristol, England. Mike from an early age wanted to go into football and athletics, and enjoyed family holidays to Cornwall. He got into singing when at college and sings the middle harmonies of the groups. His favourite song is Superstition by Stevie Wonder.
Darren "Daz" Everest is the Essex boy of the band. He was born on the 30th May 1981. Originally he wanted to go into football, but had to stop when getting ill with Glandular fever, so went into singing, after he discovered his love for it. Darren is the Falsetto voice of the band. He got his ears pierced when he was 18 years old and owns around 64 ties and bowties. He is currently engaged to his fiancée Bianka.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Good Ol' Fashioned Love
(& Gambling Man)
|Saturday Night at the Movies||
|"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.T♙|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2010||"Gambling Man"||82||16||32||38||Good Ol' Fashioned Love
& Gambling Man
|2011||"The Longest Time"||—||—||—||—|
|"Second Last Chance"||—||—||—||—|
|2012||"Loving the Sound"||100||—||—||—||Higher|
|"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released|
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- Official website
- The Toners Fan Website
- Tumblr Fan Page
- Gambling Man Live with just Acoustic Guitar
- Interview with the Virgin Red Room