ABOUT THE BAND
Over The Bridge is a Reggae-Rock infused good time jam band with strong hip-hop influences raised by that dirty water on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
OTB is all about bringing you the best in “FEEL GOOD MUSIC” with a bit of Rock N Roll, Hip Hop and Reggae.
The year was 1998. Dave and Mike were somewhere around 7 years old. As co captains of the Ash colored U-8 soccer team they never imagined they would later cross paths in life to captain a different team. That team, was Over the Bridge.
It began one summer in 2014 when The Madfish Grille on Gloucester’s Rocky Neck needed a band for a Saturday night. Then bar manager Jonny Macdonald called Mike Forgette and asked if he could throw together a band to fill the slot.
That night much like others that Summer, felt so right that a few months later they decided to officially form the group now known as Over the Bridge. A play on a common saying used by Gloucester locals to describe a place far away or traveling “out of town”.
The boys of OTB individually have been
making music for over a decade, and together their different influences combine to create a style that is refreshingly original. A modern adaptation of reggae, beach rock, and hip-hop with lyrics that speak tales of the struggle of real life and love.
In 2015 they released a self-funded, recorded and produced EP (Something in The Water 2016), played hundreds of shows across various States in the North East and down the East Coast, sharing the stage with names like The Elovaters, Bumpin Uglies, Tropidelic, New Kingston, Etana, Joe Sambo, Passafire, Ballyhoo!, Roots of Creation, Katastro, Pacific Dub, Of Good Nature, Tunnel Vision and many more. They’ve earned spots on area festivals such as Boston Freedom Rally, Higher Education Music Festival, Terptown Throwdown, Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival, Jersey Shore Festival, and Mountain Music Festival at Melody Mountain.
Their debut album released at #1 on the ITunes Reggae Albums Chart in February of 2022 and has since gathered over 150k streams on Apple Music & Spotify. It has been an incredible year for the group who’s new found success has resulted in a tour with Southern California legends Long Beach Dub Allstars alongside the son of the famed Sublime front-man Jakob Nowell, and a two night run with Shwayze, as well as an invite to perform with G. Love & Special Sauce at G. Love’s “Juice Fest” this October. They were nominated this year for “Best Reggae/Ska Artist” for the 2023 Boston Music Awards, and just announced their first show at The Paradise Rock Club Boston in February of ’24 with Bumpin Uglies. Now working on their second full length studio album which is surrounded by serious energy and momentum, the future is looking promising for the boys!
Can you give some background on your art?
It’s not necessarily about a message, more about creating a feeling or vibe. We aim to make music that makes you feel good in a world where there are so many reasons to feel otherwise.
If we had to pick a genre, we’d say the heaviest influence is reggae music first, with hip hop and rock, following close behind.
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- Website: www.otbtunes.com
- Email: [email protected]
- Instagram: @otbtunes
- Facebook: Facebook.com/otbtunes
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0q6aObq9zYsYI6b095RGJ3
- Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/over-the-bridge/1607394878?app=itunes