Lucy Di Santo-led power trio ON presents ‘Break You’, a goodbye love letter to a toxic person, place or substance
“Sitting pretty at the heavier end of the College Rock sound, the band has managed to pull off a clever blend of pop melody with raw rock abrasiveness in quite a potent sonic sucker punch. Their very tight weave of classic and alt rock coated grunge works fabulously” ~ The Spill Magazine
“A cool album. A smart album. A deftly crafted album. A rock album? Yes…but much more. So much more” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Its DNA intwértwined with sounds once pounded out by the likes of the Pumpkins, Hole and L7… one of the most exciting outfits to emerge post-pandemic” ~ Global Texan Chronicles
With one foot in Toronto and the other in NYC, indie rock power trio ON is here to hear – and to tell a tale of emancipation from detrimental dependencies. Lifted from their eponymous ‘ON’ album, recently released via Toronto-based imprint Indiestructable Records, they present ‘Break You’, carrying on the legacy of the band from which they were formed – 90’s Sire Records band Acid Test.
ON is a riveting power trio led by Lucy Di Santo (vocals, bass) with Dan Cornelius on drums and Steve Fall on guitars – apart from Acid Test, its members have also been in other popular Toronto bands Danko Jones and Deliuss.
Always pushing forward with their trademark sound while paying homage to their post-punk, grunge, old-school funk and 90s college rock roots, they dish out infectious guitar riffs with a dash of p-funk groove to create positive heavy music recalling the golden days of American college radio.
“‘Break You’ soars like a goodbye love letter to a toxic person, place or substance; it’s a decree of emancipation – and breaking away from what dictates and captures the human soul. It is an outcry, a battle cry, and finally a freedom cry of intention – all wrapped up in a hardcore punk-metal riff that end with Sabbath-esque overtones,” says Lucy Di Santo.
Earlier, ON released the singles ‘Blackmail’ with video directed and edited by Michael Gucciardi and ‘Underdog’ with lively video filmed by Lindi Gordon and edited by Gucciardi. With these singles and focus track ‘Hereafter’, the band has been charting in the Radio Indie Alliance charts consecutively over the past half year.
Written in Toronto and New York, pre-production recording took place with Drew Howard at Star Sound Studios in Cape Coral, followed by steady and fruitful work with sound engineer Darius Szczepaniak (Sum 41, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden) at Phase One Studios in Toronto.
Having just wrapped up a successful West coast tour, this month sees, ON return to the studio to work on their next album with legendary producer Martin Bisi, famed for his groundbreaking work with Sonic Youth, Swans, Brian Eno, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Iggy Pop, Helmet, Africa Bambaataa, Dresden Dolls, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop and many other notable artists, at his BC Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Written, arranged by ON (Di Santo, Fall, Cornelius)
Lucy Di Santo – vocals, bass
Dan Cornelius – drums
Steve Fall – guitars
Produced by ON and Darius Szczepaniak
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Darius Szczepaniak at Phase One Studios, Toronto
Preproduction & original engineering by Drew Howard at The Star Sound Studios, Cape Coral, FL
Additional drum programming (FLA) by Jay Aitch / The Star Sound Studios
‘Break You’ single cover by Michael Gucciardi
Single cover photography by Gord Hawkins
FOR FANS OF:
Pixies, PJ Harvey, Cage the Elephant, Sonic Youth, Guana Apes, The Ya Ya Ya’s, Royal Blood, Refused