Over the Wall (band)

Over the Wall (band)
Over The Wall
Origin Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2006–present
Labels Motive Sounds Recordings (UK, 2008-present)
Ben Hillman, Gavin Prentice

Over The Wall are a pop-rock-folk band based in Glasgow, Scotland. The outfit consists of Ben Hillman (vocals/keyboards/trumpet/electronics/guitar) and Gavin Prentice (vocals/guitar/keyboards), a lineup that has remained unaltered since forming in 2006. The band released their debut album Treacherous in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2010, on Motive Sounds Recordings. The album received positive initial reviews, with This Is Fake DIY describing it as "...one of the more stunning albums of the year".[1] The Skinny hailed the album's "...impressively imaginitive variety",[2] and awarded it a 4-out-of-5 rating.



Having met while studying at the University of Glasgow, Prentice and Hillman ran a regular evening called 'Over The Wall' at the now-defunct Stereo bar, on the city's Kelvinhaugh Street. Having performed both individually and with various friends at these events, the pair soon began collaborating as a duo, and quickly found their idiosyncratic-yet-natural niche: euphoric, folk-tinged pop music.

In 2007 Over The Wall performed at Scotland's largest music festival, T In The Park, having been selected from over 1,200 unsigned bands. In 2008 they beat off competition from 800 entrants to secure a slot at the End Of The Road Festival in Dorset, England. The band have played numerous shows with close friends We Were Promised Jetpacks, and continue to tour across the United Kingdom on a regular basis.

Since their early days, praise and support have come from broadcaster and DJ Vic Galloway, leading to frequent airplay on his BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland shows. BBC Radio 6 Music presenters Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson have also given regular exposure to the band's music, the latter having hosted live sessions and interviews with the band on his show.[3]

In the early part of 2011, the band embarked on a lengthy tour across the UK and Ireland. In mid-March, 'Shifts' (the opening track from Treacherous) was featured in the finale of the 5th series of Skins on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Also that month, the second series of critically acclaimed BBC 1 Scotland comedy series Burnistoun aired with a new theme tune: 'Thurso', the closing track from Treacherous.



  • The Rise and Fall of Over The Wall (November 2008)


  • Treacherous (November 2010)


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