Feature: The Anatomy of 'Overkill' with Holly Humberstone

Friday, June 26, 2020

Grantham-grown artist Holly Humberstone has returned with a new single, today sharing her splendid new offering ‘Overkill’. The track is her third single and follows on from the previously released ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ and ‘Deep End’. According to Humberstone, ‘Overkill’ captures the conflicting emotions that arise in a new relationship — whether its nerves, excitement and everything in between. To celebrate the release of her new single, she recently dived into the story behind how ‘Overkill' came to life. 

I wrote ‘Overkill'… late last year with my friends Rob Milton and Ben Leftwich in London. I think 'Overkill' has to be my personal favourite track on the EP just because I remember it as such a happy day. There were a lot of feelings I had that I wanted to make sense of and put into something. 

The story behind 'Overkill'… came from something really positive I was going through late last year. I came to the session with my friends Rob and Ben and I just explained to them how I had just started seeing this guy and I was really excited about it all but was scared I was a little too invested and wasn’t sure he was on the same page. I really wanted to tell him how I felt but didn’t wanna be overkill and ruin such a good thing. Both Ben and Rob had had similar experiences and I feel like a lot of people have felt this exact thing before. I love 'Overkill' because it’s so truthful to me and I think it captures all the excitement, confusion, uncertainty and many other emotions that come with new relationships. 

My favourite lyric is… my favourite lyric in the song is probably the first line ‘A couple more tequilas, and I’ll tell you how I’m feeling’. These were actually the first lyrics of the song we got and we were just so buzzing because we knew it was the start of something really cool. We’d put it on a loop and were just getting so excited about this one killer opening line. There are some hilarious voice notes on my phone of the three of us just laughing having so much fun writing this tune. 

My main inspiration was… I think at the time I’d been listening to loads of stuff like Fleetwood Mac and HAIM. I’m really into layered vocals and basically, just as many harmonies and cool vocal sections as possible in songs, like huge Fleetwood Mac-style choruses, are so pleasing to me. I think with this tune I just wanted to create something uplifting that summed up how positive I was feeling about everything at the time. 

It sounds best when… dancing!

Listen to 'Overkill' by Holly Humberstone below.

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