Bands like Ovlov always seem destined to remain underdogs. The Newtown, Connecticut band, consisting of brothers Steve, Theo, and Jon Hartlett as well as guitarist Morgan Luzzi, seem to secure this fate for two reasons: they wear their influence unabashedly on their sleeve, and they don't take themselves too seriously. These two factors are apparent before you even hear a single note of their music.
Steve Hartlett isn't known to get ahead of himself. Since 2009, the Ovlov main man has crafted blown-out indie rock with the present moment squarely in mind, while the group keeled between cult reverence, multiple breakups, and the promise of wider success. On the eve of the Connecticut band's third album, Buds, the singer-guitarist (who also leads garage quartet Stove) signalled he might finally be reckoning with the future.