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Harmonic Overdrive – Press Kit


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Since Harmonic Overdrive uploaded a pre-release video on to YOUTUBE of their debut single ‘You Inspire Me’ – on Lead Vocalist & Electric Violinist Kirsty McKinna’s 60th birthday party on 1st June – the response has been amazing.

The song was written and produced by Kirsty’s husband and music producer Iain McKinna (aged 63) at Edinburgh’s Offbeat Music Productions, a successful recording studio they have run together in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile since 1992.

Iain says, “I think we may be late developers! The last record we released was in 1984 under the name Zed. Since then we’ve made a few attempts but Kirsty suffered serious health issues, which amazingly she has zed harmonic overdrive Harmonic Overdrive – Press Kit zed 1984 pr web 805x1024now recovered from, following a courageous fight with cancer last year, so we are finally good to go again”.

Kirsty adds, “We shot the video ourselves in some of our favourite locations in Scotland, including our hometown Edinburgh, the Hebrides and Skye. Most of it was filmed on an iPhone 6 and it was edited by Iain”.

They were joined on Drums by Ted McKenna (no relation). Ted (aged 68) was the drummer in Tear Gas, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and Rory Gallagher’s Taste, and had just come off a tour with The Michael Shenker Band in the USA earlier this year when he was asked to guest on the track.

Iain has worked with Ted on several albums over the years including a studio project he has produced and co-written with lyricist David Scott under the name Imaginary Creatures who are currently recording their fourth studio album at Offbeat.

Iain adds “I was a big fan of Rory Gallagher in my early teens and I personally witnessed Alex Harvey blowing The Who off the stage at Hampden in 1975.
harmonic overdrive Harmonic Overdrive – Press Kit ted 1Tear Gas was the first band I ever saw playing live at Stirling’s Albert Hall in 1970 when they supported Hawkwind, so it was a genuine privilege to have Ted drumming for us on this record”.

Harmonic Overdrive are working on releasing an EP of new songs, due in October this year on the Offbeat Scotland label, with accompanying videos.

The last record to be released on the label was the legendary Tam White’s Hold On. It was Tam’s laharmonic overdrive Harmonic Overdrive – Press Kit iain and tam 300x207st release before he passed away from a heart attack in 2010. Tam and Iain worked together as far back as 1987 when – along with award-winning singer/songwriter Sandy Wright – they recorded one of Tam’s songs ‘It Cuts Both Ways’ at Edinburgh’s Sonic Studios.

The single ‘You Inspire Me’ by Harmonic Overdrive will be released on iTunes on the Offbeat Scotland label on July 8th 2018.

The video is currently available to watch ahead of the official release on YouTube on the Offbeat Scotland channel. –



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