“The story of On The Sun [is one] of artistic collaboration and persistence on every level of the musical process. […] There’s a decidedly metropolitan, New York-Y sound and feel here that is true to On The Sun’s roots. While listening, […] one may be prone to see flashes of blurred traffic lights, streets and sidewalks, like a sped up film of NYC turning from day to night.”
-Jude Warne,, LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC
“On The Sun feels the music. Every note they play, they live it. […] When you watch this band, it doesn’t feel like you’re watching, but rather that you’re part of the group.”
-Parisa Mahdad, KINOFILIA ARTS BLOG
On The Sun makes sleek and modern groove music steeped in classic and contemporary soul, funk, americana, and R&B. Since its inception this simmering soul juggernaut has issued a debut LP; a vibrant version of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On A Wire”; the standalone single, “She Gets Around”, and has spent the majority of 2018 touring in support of their latest effort Gratuity Not Included, appearing at a variety of music festivals including performances at SXSW, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Off The Record Fest and Sail Across The Sun. The group has also cultivated a close relationship with Sofar Sounds resulting in a series of intimate concerts across the country and a recent residency in Chicago.
Up next, On The Sun will issue a vinyl version of Gratuity Not Included, a collection of live tracks from recent tours, and another as-yet untitled collection of new music in 2019. A New Year’s Eve show at the Bisbee Royale Theater in AZ just kicked off their first ever west coast tour which will include stops in Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego, Temecula, Denver and more. Shows are still being added for January and an extensive tour is also in the works for March 2019. Follow @onthesunmusic on social media or visit OnTheSunMusic.com for current updates.
Gratuity Not Included and other music by On The Sun is available on their website OnTheSunMusic.com as well as iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and anywhere else you buy music.
Gratuity Not Included
On The Sun’s 2018 album “Gratuity Not Included” is an artistic milestone for the band, as it represents the best capture yet of the span of their artistic continuum, showcasing its always-shifting expanded lineups with added horns, synthesizers, and lush female guest vocalists. It also represents a new era of assured artistry after a period of tireless touring and soul searching. The self-produced seven-track collection, favors full band live on-the-floor takes as the core foundation to construct songs, and then reimagines these recordings with soulful and tasteful experimental studio wizardry.
Select standouts from the album include “Amen,” “Don’t Give Back,” and “Imagining You.” The fractured minimalist funk of “Amen” sprung to life from a loose-limbed jam that with sleek production touches veers into lush, gospel-tinged modern R&B while “Don’t Give Back” conjures the steamy emotionality of 70’s soul but with a modern, sleepy–eyed behind-the-beat groove. The horn and organ driven soul jam, “Imaging You,” evokes late-period Motown Stevie Wonder, playfully contrasting uplifting musicality with lovelorn lyrics. When listening to it you may find yourself euphorically dancing around the room singing along to lyrics of masochistic heartbreak.