Here’s something you might not know already: in two songs, On An On have already conquered the alt-rock scene in 2015. There are very few bands that can demonstrate as much command over the light and shade of the genre as the Minnesota trio have on both It’s Not Over (a pleading sadface dancefloor jam) and Icon Love (a melancholic wonder on all counts). It’s only fitting that such ebb and flow come from a record called And The Wave Has Two Sides.
It’s a very much retracted start, with Icon Love following a sparse near-ballad called Behind The Gun. On An On bloom slowly into life, like waking up from a casual reverie, and launch into a more traditionally-minded guitar-stream of Alright Alright. So far, so infectious. Especially with the singalong choruses of I Can’t Escape It of Wait For The Kill not too far behind, it’s clear that this lot know what they’re doing.
While this wave might have two very distinct sides – the raucous indie and the more doleful cuts like Drifting – it can at times breed a certain jarring and uneven note on the record. But it matters little when there are songs as strong as Wait For The Kill and Stay The Same, which largely stick to indie tropes but add a freshness only On An On seem to bring these days. Strong work all round, then. Nothing much else to do but let this one wash all over you.
And The Wave Has Two Sides by On An On can be ordered here.