Hailing from Huntington, West Virginia, the six-piece band Ona makes pure-blooded American rock and roll. Set to release their debut LP, American Fiction, via Twin Cousins Records on 25 September, “Rocks in the Basement”, the album’s lead single, picks up the path forged by The Other Side of June, the band’s 2014 two-song cassette. Named after an unincorporated West Virginia town best known for its racetrack and airfield, Ona conveys the insatiable urge to discover the larger world that resides along the east-west running Route 60.
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The group will appear at a bunch of festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Sasquatch, and will be headline a bunch of shows throughout the US.
A rather easygoing track, “Setting Sun”, the newest tune by Swervedriver, features the band’s familiar mix of shimmering and jagged guitars. The song is the lead single from I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, the band’s first album of new material since 99th Dream in 1998.
Having released the road-weary piece of Americana Paint Another Layer of My Heart this year, Caleb Caudle is no stranger to covers. Taking on “Lost in the Supermarket” by the Clash for Couch By Couchwest 2014, the New Orleans singer/songwriter recently recorded a song from fellow This Is American Music labelmates Fire Mountain. Deftly handling standout “Doing Fine” from Fire Mountain’s All Dies Down, the song would not have been out of place on Caudle’s Paint Another Layer on My Heart.
Meanwhile, the band is touring heavily throughout November and January.
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