Snd On Snd
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Snd On Snd

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"Decent Days and Nights"

On Wednesday, two loud, brawling, messy rock bands play opposite each other. Sound on Sound is still relatively new, but they're riding high after a high-profile opening slot for Shellac a few months ago. They'll be bringing their math-punk to The Beat Kitchen. -

"J Church/Sound On Sound"

Another split for the almighty J Church! This time versus a Chicago band that we like a lot called Sound On Sound. SOS sorta sound like a great old Lookout Records band that has been lost to time called Monsula, but also have a pronounced influence from a lot of post-1985 DC bands. Once again both bands will present one new song and one cover song. J Church brings a demo version of a song from their new LP and a Misfits cover, and Sound On Sound delivers one original and a Billy Joe Shaver song. -

"Dispatch from the Cal Robbins benefit show"

Sound on Sound led off the evening with set that had many thinking of Jawbox and DeSoto with the male/female vox and tight but quirky pop moves. - Southern Records


Gaily We Prance About EP (Nov. 2007)
Split 7" with J Church (May 2007)



“Don’t take this the wrong way, but you guys sound straight out of the mid-’90s.”

Chicago music critic Tankboy meant that in a good way, and SND ON SND (pronounced “sound on sound”) took it as a compliment. That’s good, because it wouldn’t be the last time the Chicago band heard it. Apparently the four songs on the quartet’s 2007 debut EP, Gaily We Prance About, and the others SND ON SND plays live, tend to remind listeners of the halcyon days of Clinton administration indie rock, particularly the Midwestern variety.

Such a specific designation is increasingly rare. Not to get all nauseatingly nostalgic, but there was a time before the Internet when you could discern a band’s hometown by what came from the speakers. A band from New York didn’t sound the same as one from San Francisco or D.C. or Denver or Champaign—no one would confuse Versus for Jawbreaker or Jawbox or Christie Front Drive or Braid. Those bands (among others) heavily influenced SND ON SND when it came together in Chicago during the twilight of the Bush administration, years after that sound had apparently disappeared. “That’s OK,” another guy told SND ON SND, “because the ’90s are coming back.”

Regardless, SND ON SND don’t set out to write within a template. They just play melodic indie rock that favors punk, but loves a good pop hook, the occasional noisy freakout, and even tinges of the roots-rock that morphed into alt-country. It’s kind of messy and ill-defined, but isn’t all the best music that way?

SND ON SND is currently writing Gaily We Prance About’s successor, which they plan to record later this spring. In the meantime, they’ll perform live on WLUW’s Radio One program in late March or April and continue to play relentlessly around the Midwest—and beyond its cozy confines. Maybe they’ll remind people of the recent past, but they’ll mostly make fans in the present.

FOR FANS OF: Versus, The Replacements, Jimmy Eat World, Jawbreaker, Braid, Jawbox.