Toronto-NYC power trio ON releases ‘Gator’ single & announces North American tour dates with The Veldt and Snailmate
“A cool album. A smart album. A deftly crafted album. A rock album? Yes…but much more. So much more” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“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
“Its DNA intwertwined 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
Toronto-NYC indie rock power trio ON is back to blow our minds with their fresh single ‘Gator’, released via Toronto-based imprint Indiestructable Records. Like a 2000-pound-per-square-inch bite force from an Alligator, this 6/8 groove is a hook-laden rock waltz. It’s a parody and observation about living in a gated community amongst live Alligators roaming free. Gator’s meaning is two-fold.
The band is a riveting power trio led by Lucy Di Santo (vocals, bass) with Dan Cornelius playing drums and Steve Fall doing guitars. Their latest music output sees the trio carrying the legacy of the band from which they were formed – 90’s Sire Records band Acid Test. its members have also been in other popular Toronto bands Danko Jones and Deliuss.
“This song was written while the band was on a writing/recording session in Naples, Florida. We stayed in a gated community – meaning pass codes to enter the neighborhood and real “surveillance”. In the community was this pond – with freely roaming alligators. And there we have it – we think we are boundless and free – and yet we have lines and gates to keep us so called “safe”. There is the illusion – masking the element control as “safety”…. While the alligators roam freely. One begs to ask: who of the two “gators” is really free here?” says frontwoman Lucy Di Santo.
Dishing out infectious guitar riffs with a dash of groove, their adrenaline-laden music is a invigorating, the band paying homage to their post-punk, grunge, old-school funk and 90s college rock roots. ‘Gator’ follows up the band’s latest single ‘Make Me’, a song of frustration and wanting to recapture that euphoria.
“We had a cool riff and Lucy had a great melody but we didn’t have an intro to the song. We were working this up demoing it in Drew’s ‘Starsound Studios’ in Cape Coral , Fla. Lucy took a break, went into the truck we rented and hummed a melody. I copied it on my guitar through my cheap Blackstar practice amp w/the delay feature and we put it down as a track. The vibe just worked so we kept that original track in the main verse and as a hook throughout the song. And that original track stayed even as we added more layers and mixed,” says Steve Fall.
Dan Cornelius adds, “The song has a strong guitar hook and melody – and the drums are tailored to support and enhance those elements. So I thought the drums should be a drum pattern that anyone could tap along to ON their steering wheel while waiting for traffic. Simple drum groove. Simple drum fills.”
The band is currently busy recording their next record at BC Studio in Brooklyn 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.
ON also recently completed an extensive US tour in support of their critically-acclaimed self-titled album, co-produced by Darius Szczepaniak (Sum 41, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden) at Phase One Studios in Toronto. The album received extensive press and radio attention, not to mention charting in the Radio Indie Alliance charts consecutively for nearly a year.
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
Photography by Yuliya Skya
Publicity by Shameless Promotion PR
- Fri 09/15 NYC, NY @Gold Sounds
- Sat 09/16 Flemington, NJ @Flemington DIY
- Tues 09/19 Baltimore, MD @The Crown
- Wed 09/20 Alexandria, VA @Galactic Panther
- Thurs 09/21 Winston-Salem, NC @Monstercade (with The Veldt)
- Fri 09/22 Raleigh, NC @Ruby Deluxe (with The Veldt)
- Sat 09/23 Atlanta, GA – Tiny’s Music (with The Veldt)
- Sun 09/24 Nashville, TN – TBA (with The Veldt)
- Tues 09/26 Cincinnati, OH @Northside Tavern (with The Veldt)
- Wed 09/27 Detroit, MI @Smalls (with The Veldt)
- Thurs 09/28 Toronto, ONT – TBA (with The Veldt)
- Wed 10/11 Joiliet, IL @Drunken Donut (with Snailmate)
- Thurs 10/12 Port Huron, MI @Schwonk Stead Sound (with Snailmate)
- Sat 10/14 Peterborough, ONT @Historic Red Dog (with Snailmate)
- Sun 10/15 Toronto @Bovine Sex Club (with Snailmate, Second Wife)
- Tues 10 /17 Ithaca, NY @Deep Dive (with Snailmate)
- Thurs 10/19 Kingston, ONT @The Toucan (with Snailmate)
- Fri 10/20 Ottawa, ONT @Avant-Garde Bar (with Snailmate)
- Sat 10/21 NYC, NY @Bar Frida (with Snailmate)
FOR FANS OF:
PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Refused, The Breeders, Nirvana, The Pixies, Royal Blood, Cage The Elephant, Throwing Muses