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Loud post-punk rock’n’roll power trio ON – a trio comprised of Toronto natives, formerly of popular acts Acid Test, Danko Jones and Deliuss – present their attitude-laden new single ‘Blackmail’.

Made up of Lucy Di Santo (vocals, bass), Dan Cornelius (drums) and Steve Fall(guitars), ON is currently on their ‘Underdog’ Tour throughout August, hitting venues in Kingston, Ottawa, Baldwin, Toronto, Barrie, Paris, Cambridge, Hamilton, and London. This is the second single from the band’s new ‘ON’ album, scheduled for release on September 16 via Indiestructable Records, following up the brazen ‘Underdog’.

“This is a song about empowerment, strength, and self-actualization. It embraces recovery of one’s authentic self and soul from external forces – whether they be human, institutional, cultural, or chemical,” says Lucy Di Santo.

“This record deals with where we are today and what we’ve overcome, persevering as a society and as individuals. I found myself as part of a genuinely authentic creative, human experience with Steve and Dan in various geographical locations including NYC, Florida and Toronto and felt the need to document it melodically. It’s about pain, hope, reframing and overcoming. It’s about survival. The songs are an authentic and complete collaboration of the triad and soul connection that is ON.”

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Always pushing forward with an eye on the rear-view mirror, ON pays homage to its roots – post-punk, grunge, old-school funk and 90s college rock. With infectious guitar riffs with a dash of p-funk groove, ON’s music recalls a listening journey of classic albums on vinyl. While some songs are carried by emotional weight, some are ripping mini-audio trips with invigorating twists and turns.

“This record is a document of friendship navigating explores in pain, and hope. Looking at the world with a collaborative effort to document what we see, witness and feel through songwriting and chemistry as band,” says ON guitarist Steve Fall.

“Dan and I wrote the riff to Blackmail in NYC at his apartment. We really felt good about the bounce feel of the verse guitar part. The accent on the second part of the verse hook was subtle and kind of loose. We dug the groove and vibe. Once we presented the initial riffs to Lucy, she immediately grabbed it and went into a very introspective lyric – a discussion about people messin’ about with your head. “I’m here on the microphone. I’m clear I know what the score is… on your telephone sensing you’re not what your sayin”.  It’s about people hiding behind technology and Lucy having enough of it. Empowerment.”

Having toured the USA, Mexico and Canada, ON’s recordings are found on various CFNY and CMW New Music Compilations, as well as limited cassette tape releases via the Opcion Sonica label.

Toronto is still home for Di Santo and Fall, while Cornelius currently resides in NYC. Written in Toronto and New York City, the pre-production recording took place in Fort Meyers in winter 2021 with Drew Howard at Star Sound Studios. The band has since been working out of Phase One Studios with sound engineer Darius Szczepaniak (Sum 41, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Bare Naked Ladies, Jann Arden).

August 13 – Paris Fairgrounds, BAJC Jeep Festival, PARIS
August 18 – Toucan, KINGSTON
August 19 – CafeDekcuf, OTTAWA
August 20 – Baldwin Festival, BALDWIN
August 20 – Dakota Tavern, TORONTO
August 23 – Flying Monkey (acoustic set), BARRIE
August 25 – Rhythm and Brews, CAMBRIDGE
August 26 – Doors Pub: Taco Joint & Metal Bar, HAMILTON
August 27 – The Richmond Tavern, LONDON


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