On An On

ON AN ON
Give In (Roll Call Records, January 29th 2013)

Sometime in the spring of 2012 the musicians that would go on to form the Chicago & Minneapolis based trio ON AN ON found themselves at a tipping point. The three of them—Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing—had played music with one another in various capacities for the better part of a decade. Most recently, they had shared the stage and studio as three fifths of the indie-pop outfit Scattered Trees, which had seen its fair share of success. But with the band's studio time only a few weeks away and the other members now spread out across the country pursuing other endeavors, they would chart their own course and come out stronger for it. What emerged was ON AN ON.

For ON AN ON, the precariousness of breaking new ground only three weeks before recording with accomplished producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals, Los Campesinos!) provided a jolt of creative energy. The musicians had become disenchanted with their past approach to songwriting and recording, finding the process of striving for polished pop both tiresome and constrained. Newfeld proved the perfect counterpart to their initial vision for the record, encouraging them to push boundaries and go with their instincts.

According to Eiesland, the sessions were something of an exorcism: "We really wanted to get away from the sterility of our previous approach to recording." Eieseland, Ricci, and Estwing embraced musical risks that in the past it might have shied away from. In the studio, the band members explored a natural chemistry and honed their sound; synthesizers, scattershot electro beats and ambient ear candy gave guitars, bass and drums a ghostly sheen.

While the melodies might clue one in to the trio's evolved sonic palate, it's through the album's themes that the group member's respective evolution becomes most apparent. Eiesland wrote the majority of the lyrics, in the process coming to terms with 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 thought-provoking imagery he espouses through his words. Estwing offered up his own lyrical séance on his lead vocal track "Cops," although the bassist says his message—that the police can be surprisingly corrupt—is more direct.

After smashing everything they knew to pieces, they pulled themselves together around 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. It is an affair that sizzles with electricity and calls one in with its unnerved openness.

The Sun and the Sea

When The Graduate disbanded we decided that we still wanted to keep writing music together. These seven songs are all instrumental demos that were recorded by us over the course of the past several months. Any money that is donated will go back into us producing more music. Currently, we have a few other projects in the works as well, but the four of us plan to keep making music together.

Samuel Fickie

Samuel Fick, a St. Louis native, has been wielding his guitar around town for almost half of his life. Only in the last two years has he donned the stage name Samuel Fickie. Never officially releasing an album, Fickie draws his crowds in with anticipation as they eagerly wait to hear songs they know can only be heard live. In the last two years Fickie has opened for such acts as Matt Costa, Jessica Lee Mayfield, ON AN ON, The Wooden Sky, The Blank Tapes, Yellow Ostrich, Strand of Oaks and many other renowned artists from around the globe.

Recent reviews hail: "Fickie is a passionate performer whose love and commitment for what he does practically glows out of every pore." - PlaybackSTL.com

"Fickie slid his careful fingers over the frets of his guitar with passion and warmth. His set was over too soon and the crowd stood hushed, stunned by the performance." - KDHX.com

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On An On with The Sun and the Sea, Samuel Fickie

Sunday, September 22 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at The Firebird