Good news: On An On have returned to their first official release to create a new, eerily appropriate video for their song “Ghosts.” Bad news: The band then followed it up by announcing a hiatus specifically around touring outside their Minneapolis home base. Good news: they will return to Rickshaw Stop on July 21 before putting things on pause.
Before you begin to sink into a post-On An On depression, there is still plenty of hope that new music will find its way out into the world. Plus, the trio has been writing and, in part, releasing music individually for some time now. Read the full announcement and find out where you can track down each solo project and future incarnation on Facebook.
Last year’s sophomore release, And The Wave Has Two Sides, opened with a familiar air of dark pop that filled 2013’s Bad Mythology. Only five minutes later do things change course and pick up speed into much brighter territory. “Alright Alright” (all about the bass) and “It’s Not Over” (try to find your favorite remix) could have paired off on their own and cut separately as the “On An On Makes You Dance” EP. Premium Popscene material aside, it’s still the slow burn of “Drifting,” like its predecessor in “Ghosts,” that I systematically put on repeat, as it’s perfect for a late-night drive dangerously close to the oncoming fog.
Whether it’s the anthems of “The Hunter,” Bad Mythology‘s title track, or the more recent “I Can’t Escape It,” odds are there isn’t just one song or style in the band’s repertoire you’re waiting to see performed one more time. That said, hopefully you’ve been able to catch the band at one of their earlier appearances in the Bay. If not, we asked bassist Ryne Estwing to run through memory lane to bring you up to speed. In trying to pin down their top memory performing in San Francisco, here’s the current ranking:
“It’s hard to nail down just one memory but playing a sold out show at Bimbo’s 365 opening up for Junip was a dream. Runner up includes Bottom Of The Hill’s green room that has an impressive amount of a specific appendage drawn all over the walls. Had an amazing meal at Suppenküche the last time we played at Rickshaw Stop.”
And if you’re driving yourself mad wondering what they have in store for you, rest assured you’ll get the full discography and then some:
“We are adding older material that we’ve hardly played in the past. B-sides and some of the longer tracks that used to not fit into our set are fair game for this tour.”
Listen to the non-dance-fueled standout from the latest record below, along with a Sego rework that we can only hope combines both bands on stage somehow.
Sego travel up from the Southland once more to support the full West Coast leg of the tour. If you haven’t caught wind of their just-released debut, jump on the bandwagon before it fills up. The record includes previous single “The Fringe,” a guaranteed earworm that takes pieces of LCD Soundsystem and Moving Units, throws them in a box, and shakes it wildly. San Francisco’s Yours will open the night having recently unveiled their inaugural set of tunes and a full record in the works. The electro-rock duo boast powerful vocals surrounded by pop synths, percussion, and horns that lie somewhere between of Montreal and Rubblebucket.
On An On, Sego, Yours
July 21, 2016