All pre-sale tickets buyers will receive a free download of A Lull's "Meat Mountain EP"
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
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Chicago’s A Lull is nearly impossible to describe without qualifiers. Equal parts mystical and primal, the music crafted by these five multi-instrumentalists gathers the recognizable traits of a half dozen indie micro-genres, tosses out all but the stem cells, then adds the calculated, percussive verve of a half dozen rhythm sections on top of beautifully crafted songwriting to result in a sound that is as unique as it is memorable. A Lull blurs the lines between the synthesized and organic. The evocative lyrics and vocals of Nigel Evan Dennis are engulfed with music elements that live on the barriers between guitars, electronics, and effects, then (with each member of the band having at one point banged on a drum) covered with endless layers of percussion. Recording the music themselves, the band is not confined to traditional studio techniques or time constraints, and the obsessive attention to detail shows. Employing anything available to create beats, melodies, textures and layers of sound, A Lull’s sonic landscape is experimental in the ways that it takes form, yet at the same time inherently musical.