OVERDRIVE - The story

Overdrive was formed in 1980 out of the two local bands Paradize (recorded one 7") and Ocean (recorded two 7"'s and an album). In 1981 the self-financed MLP "Reflexions" was released, now quite a collectors-item. The band also recorded the non-LP tracks "Tonight" and "Damnation Angel" for the local compilation "Rockslaget" (SOS 1982). Overdrive was soon contacted by Planet Records and in 1983 they signed a deal.
In 1983 the debut "Metal Attack" was released and it made a great impact on the Swedish, and European, metal scene.
In 1984 the follow-up "Swords And Axes" was released, even more well-received than the debut. Gigs and festivals were performed together with bands like EF Band, Mercyful Fate, Pretty Maids, EF Band, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Hanoi Rocks etc.
In the Spring of 1985 Kenth was replaced by Zoltan Djember (ex. Ocean) and in June the same year the band split. Janne formed Overheat together with singer Pelle, now on bass. They recruited ex. Mercy/High Voltage-drummer Paul Gustavsson and ex. High Voltage-singer Gernot Iversen and recorded some demos. Kenta and Kjell continued with Pride, but also made only demos. Kenta later joined local band E-Type, who appears on a local compilation-CD. Kenth recorded some demos with Area and Interaction.

In 1991 Janne, Pelle and drummer Peter Svensson (ex. Faith, Mercy, Globe and later in Locomotive Breath) recorded two instrumental tracks for the compilations "Guitarheroes Of Sweden" (the track "In The Raw") and "... Part 2" (the track "Short Circuit").
In 1992 Overdrive partly reformed with Janne, Pelle (on bass), Kenta and new singer/guitarist Jörgen Aspring/Miller (ex. Blue Town, E-Type). A demo with the songs "Die For Love", "Mighty Lord", "Back To Basics" and "Lock Of Gold" was recorded in 1993 but no records were made.
In 1994 the band was permanently dissolved. Jörgen, Pelle and Kenta formed Crosseyed Mary, while Janne and Kjell formed Locomotive Breath.
In 1995 both Overdrive-albums were re-issued on CD on Rock Treasure.
In 1997 the original Overdrive line-up made a re-union gig 12 years after the split, at the Karlshamn Rock Festival. The gig was recorded both on video and tape. This was however a "one night stand". The recording was later released as "Mission Of Destruction - Live" on Crook'd Records.
In 2000 the first demo Overive recorded in 1980 ("Overdrive"/20th Century") was now released as a picture disc 7".
In August 2003 Overdrive again reformed with the original line-up, for a show at the Rockslaget festival. The band did another gig in December and will play the Headbanger's Open Air in Itzehoe, Germany, in July 2004.
The band did another gig in December and played the Headbanger's Open Air in Itzehoe, Germany, in July 2004. Unfortunately Pelle now decided he wanted to quit. With not many weeks to go, the band luckily found singer Per Karlsson. Per was at the time frontman of the band Unchained. His voice was perfect for the band!
In January 2004 all three Overdrive-releases ("Reflexions", "Metal Attack" and "Swords And Axes" were re-issued on High Vaultage Records). All three releases had extensive booklets with family tree and the complete history of the band.
In June 2006 the band was to play Sweden Rock Festival and figured the wanted to have a new release to present. They re-recorded four old songs, with Per's new vocals as icing on the cake, added one previously unreleased song and released the new 5-track MCD "Resurrected" (ltd. ed 500).
The MCD and Sweden Rock show lead to a deal with Finnish label Lion Music and in January 2008 (Japan March) the band's first album in 24 years, was released: "Let The Metal Do The Talking". The album features both new tracks and tracks written between 1983-1986. The reviews however reveal it's not easy spotting the oldie. The album was mixed by Johan Blomström at Studio Sound Palace (Blinded Colony, Calm, Kaptain Sun etc), and he managed to captures the band's 80's feel and repackage it in a new box.
In July 2008 the band headlined the Baltic Sea Festival's Thursday show and more shows followed!

In 2009 the band kept working on new material, played some shows with Tokyo Blade, Carnival Sun etc. Janne was featured with a 4-page spread in Japan's No 1 metal mag Burrn!.
2010 marks the 30 year anniversary for Overdrive. Plans are to get as live-busy as possible. In April the recordings of the new album commenced, due to be released in the fall of 2010. Gigs are booked for Muskelrock, Hasslöfestivalen, Metal Warning etc.
On January 11, 2011 the new, seventh, album "Angelmaker" is released on Lion Music. The vinyl only released "The Angelmaker's Daughter", featuring 6 non-CD tracks was also released in 2011.
In january 2012 Overdrive announce original singer Pelle Thuresson was now back in the band, but this time replacing bassist Kenth Ericsson.
2013 saw the band play three shows in Japan, where a live DVD was also recorded. Just three days before the band's departure to Japan, drummer Kenta had an accident preventing him to go with the band. In the last minute drummer Jimmy Lexe replaced him for these shows. 
In 2015 the band started working on songs for a new album.
In 2016 High Roller Records re-issued "Metal Attack" on vinyl and the band selected which songs to record for the forthcoming album, due in 2017.
In 2019 Brazilian label Hellion records re-issued "Metal Attack" and "Swords and Axes" plus the previously unreleased live CD "The Battle of Rock". The band also decided 2020 was not only going to be the band's 40the anniversary, but also the last year of the band. Bass player Pelle Thuresson unfortunately could not be part of it, so the band drafted Kjell and Kenta's old Ocean band mate Johnny Granström.
2020 The band was supposed to play lots of festivals, including Sweden Rock... However Covid put a halt to everything.
2021 “Angelmaker” is finally released on vinyl, plus the previously unreleased single “High Roller”. The band starts waking up from the Covid deep freeze and things slowly start moving. Ready for 2022!!

In 2022, when the world slowly started to come alive again, Overdrive began their 40th (+2) anniversary tours. Shows have been booked at places like The Asylum (Gothenburg), Karosserifabrikken (Elsinore, Denmark), Sweden Rock Festival and Östersjöfestival. The final round has started!