ON – “Break You”


Toronto-based band ON concoct a riveting rock sound with an angsty ’90s alt-rock nostalgia, impressing throughout their new self-titled album. The act comprises vocalist/bassist Lucy Di Santo, guitarist Steve Fall, and drummer Dan Cornelius.

Opening track “Break You” is exemplary of the band’s fervent rock sound. Venomous distortion and hectic drums drive into a crunchy guitar backing and snarling vocals, rising into an anthemic vigor with a soaring, suave vocal affection. The title-touting “about to break you,” line oozes charisma, captivating into the subsequent pulsing verses.

An ominous, bass-first development past the three-minute turn adds further mystiuqe. “Just a little bit,” the more soft-spoken vocals emit, with scorching guitars aligning with the jumpy bass and overall dark envelopment. “Break You” finishes with enthralling, escalating qualities — a fine sendoff for this kick-off to a successful album.

Frontwoman Lucy Di Santo explains more about the track:

“[“Break You”] soars like a goodbye love letter to a toxic person, place or substance; it’s a decree of emancipation – and breaking away from what dictates and captures the human soul. It is an outcry, a battle cry, and finally a freedom cry of intention – all wrapped up in a hardcore punk-metal riff that end with Sabbath-esque overtones.”

Photo Credit: Lindi Gordon

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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