It's a big day for Overnight! Our debut album comes out today. We were thinking about what we'd like to say about it, and decided to tell you about Darlene. Carry Me Home is dedicated to our big sister Darlene, who died in a car accident in the summer of 2008. She was on our minds everyday that we worked on the songs.
Darlene was a rocker, so it's no surprise that this turned out to be the most rock album Lynette and I have ever made. My strongest memories of her are from her teens. She played Iron Maiden records while getting ready for school most mornings, curling her bangs into a tall sheet that she hair-sprayed into place.
She smoked down at The Rail – a guardrail across the street from our junior high school – and she swore a lot and climbed out the window at night to hang out with kids (mostly boys) who were bad news. She loved Slayer, and we sometimes listened to them while opening Christmas presents (because our parents are awesome, as is our equally rockin' oldest sister Cheryl, who this album also goes out to).
The first concert Lynette and I ever went to was Alice Cooper at the Halifax Metro Centre, and Darlene was the best/worst "chaperone" we could've had. The moment we found our seats, she abandoned us to hang out with hot headbangers. So when an older man turned to 11-year-old Lynette and offered her a tab of acid from his tongue, it was me who had to find it within my meek self to yell at him to leave us alone.
I could go on and on about the drama and excitement Darlene brought to our lives, sometimes wanted, sometimes unwanted. Things are a lot quieter without her. So play this album loud and feel her spirit embolden you to do that thing you've been a bit too scared to do: the thing that requires risk and pushes your boundaries and gives you good stories to tell later on and makes people wonder if you're nuts.
LIFE IS SHORT. GET THINGS DONE. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. GET YOUR ART OUT INTO THE WORLD WHETHER ANYONE IS WAITING FOR IT OR NOT.
Love Carla and Lynette