Posted March 10, 2023 by Mike Mineo in Heavy Rock

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.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].