2015-02-26 / Neighbors

Songwriter has number one song in Manchester


Chad Walls Chad Walls Salford City Radio in England named a Biddeford native’s song its Single of the Week recently.

“Goodnight Portland,” written by Chad Walls with An Overnight Low, was taken from the album “Euston,” which was released last month.

Inspired by the likes of REM, XTC and Simon & Garfunkel, the band is from Maine but spends time in the U.K. Many of the songs on the album are inspired by their travels around the country, Manchester in particular.

Check out more from the band via their Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as their official website, www.anovernightlow.com.

Walls reflected on the song’s success:

How does a Biddeford, Maine musician get his song to be number 1 on a Manchester radio station?

I visit a radio station for an interview, I ask the DJ if they will hand a few copies of my record to their colleagues. It just ended up in the right hand recently.

Were you in the U.S. or the U.K. when you found out?

I was in the U.K. in a borough of Greater Manchester called Salford right after the holidays and I did a few radio shows while I was there. I was already back home when I found out that a few DJs gave “Euston” a listen and decided “Goodnight, Portland” should be in rotation.

What were your first thoughts?

Of course I was really excited. I love the idea that I wrote a song about Portland while living in Manchester and now I’m in Portland and the song is living in Manchester.

What’s next for An Overnight Low?

We have a great gig coming up on March 6 (at The Empire in Portland) with Rick Murnane and a band from Ireland called Pugwash. We have two songs left to record for our follow-up record, “Piccadilly.” We’ll also be in the studio on March 6 working on that.

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