On An On, BOGAN VIA
311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ, 85701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
"Some of the best pop this city has to offer." --The Bay Bridged
"Layers of bubbling synths and winding guitars and cellos, and Mike Deni's haunting vocals ride above the electro-acoustic fracas wonderfully. Simply stunning." --KQED Mix Tape
"One of Three Undiscovered Bands You Need to Hear Now." --SPIN
On An On
On An ON is a project - and approach to making music - the three members had been waiting for. The Chicago & Minneapolis-based musicians – Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing -- that comprise the band had played music with one another in various capacities for the better part of a decade -- most recently as members of indie-pop outfit Scattered Trees. With almost every member of that band living in a different state (MPLS, MYC & Chicago), the distance proved too much. (MAYBE REMOVE THIS PREVIOUS SENTENCE) One fateful, cloudy night, while the soon-to-be On An On were standing in line for a show in Austin, TX, a conversation took place that would shape their musical future (needs work). They would leave their other projects behind and the trio would emerge ready to create art that melted outside the lines. With an affinity for chaos and the unprocessed, and tired of the polished pop format void of risk, they were escorted into a new atmosphere of making music.
Their new project bloomed when they traveled to Toronto only three weeks later to collaborate with producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals, Los Campesinos!). With a knack for genre-melding, and a boundary-pushing mindset, Newfeld would prove to be the perfect match for the trio's caution-less approach. In the studio, the musicians explored a newfound chemistry and honed their sound; synthesizers, scattershot electro beats and ambient ear candy would give guitars, bass and drums a newfound ghostly sheen.
"We really wanted to get away from the sterility of our previous approach to recording." Eiesland states. Along with Newfeld, the three artists readily embraced the unknown and opened up to sessions filled with spontaneity and instinct.
The end result was Give In, ON AN ON's ten-track debut album – a dream-washed textural journey armed with a biting perspective on life, love, and the commonality of loss. The affair sizzles with electricity and calls one in with its unnerved openness. It's a project – and approach to music -- the three musicians in ON AN ON had been waiting for.
For Eiesland, recording Give In was a self-described exorcism: it allowed him to let go of old projects and bad habits, and more importantly, open himself up to benefits that vulnerability allowed for in the songwriting process. The band learned to adopt an improvisational ear for melody, and accept the charm of particular aural nuggets that in the past they might otherwise have deemed flawed.
And while the melodies on Give In -- those soaring, undulating synth grooves that set the table for pearly harmonic hymns -- might clue one in to the trio's newfound sonic palate, it's through the album's messages that the group member's respective evolution becomes most apparent. Eiesland wrote the majority of the lyrics on Give In, in the process fully coming to an understanding of death and the traps that life springs upon us. Whether letting his intuition guide him on "I Wanted To Say More" ("You are a saint and you're the devil/Every word I spoke to you, I thought that they were wings/ But they were only feathers") or owning up to life's inevitability on "All The Horses" ("A family tree will split in two halfway through its life"), there's a tempered calm to the brain candy he eschews. Estwing offered up his own lyrical séance via on his lead vocal track "Cops"; although the bassist says his message -- that the police can be surprisingly corrupt -- is more direct.
What Give In, more than anything, provided for ON AN ON was a sense of urgency: to fulfill their creative fancy; to embrace uncertainty --– albeit, this time, on their own terms.
Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller are the indie pop duo Bogan Via. They self-recorded and self-released five amazing songs earlier this year via bandcamp that have resulted in quite a bit of blog attention and growing recognition here in Phoenix. Bender and Madeleine started recording a new batch of songs (and a few off of the original EP) at Flying Blanket Recording in July, the result of those sessions is the EP Wait Up, which was released on October 29th. Prior to the EP release, local AZ promoter Jeremiah Gratza released one of the songs, "TES", on 7" baby pink vinyl with a remix by Miniature Tigers as the B-side. A few other remixes are in the works that will be announced shortly and made available as promotional MP3s. Along with recording and preparing for the release of their new EP, Bogan Via have stayed busy playing bigger and bigger live shows in Phoenix, including opening for national acts like Twin Shadow and White Arrows. Also in the works is a soon to be premiered video for "Afternoon Wonderland", one of the songs from the original EP that was re-recorded for Wait Up.