Snd On Snd

Snd On Snd

BandRockPunk

First, our name is pronounced "sound on sound." Second, we play poppy post-punk that eyes D.C. & Dischord Records, but has Midwestern flavor. We like to rock out and play with feedback, but we also love a good pop hook. Think Versus, Rainer Maria, Jawbreaker, Jawbox, etc...but more handsome.

Biography

“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.

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Lyrics

From Here On In

Written By: Jonathan Sarmiento

When the gate came down the walls closed in and I could barely breathe
frozen that summer claiming separation from your past
It's easy to run out so easy to let the overwhelming calm depart
But I'm still standing always demanding that some day this veil will fall

Set it in motion now for you I leave this offering
on Sunday morning it came back to me
You set it in motion now from here on in it's gonna change
After all who is it you tried to save?

Wandering the town watching Autumn dress herself in white
Do you remember? Of course you remember our one silent exchange
When you'd never felt better with a full collapse into these open arms
I gather you'd favor a pleasant reminder of just how you wish to be

Set it in motion now for you I leave this offering
on Sunday morning it came back to me
You set it in motion now from here on in it's gonna change
After all who is it you tried to save?

These tracks in the snow won't forget (that path colliding)
With a cough and a shallow breath (call it a warning)
You've lost your bearings when you went left (send a search party)
And watch the white wash over what's left of me

Distance and time is all we want and more
To never cross that threshold
Distance and time is all we want and more
To never cross that threshold
Distance and time is all we hoped for
Forget foreit that threshold
Don't say what you mean to mean what you say
Words all spill out without you repeating
Those three words in fleeting lose meaning to me

Set it motion now for you I leave this offering
on Sunday morning it came back to me
You set it in motion now from here on it'll never change
I could have sworn June turned her back on me

Someday, Sunlight

Written By: Jonathan Sarmiento

In the woods you'll hear them call closing in on their prey
Haunted hallows look so inviting in an awkward way
Find the roads that lead you on heavy stones that bring you home
The trees won't mind you finding hidden stories at their core
The shoreline whispers float on, float on because

Some day, sunlight will find you slowly blowing your cover
Run down crumbling hills you'll bleed and moan 'til you're out of here

Hands raised we close our eyes and pray for our strength to be full on
In church pews in silence you hum the hymns and murmur "Oh Father, I've"
Tried to abstain from the ways that made me this hungry monster now
Pride comes before a fall and who knows how far I'll go under
The shoreline whispers float on, float on because

Some day, sunlight will find you slowly killing your brother
On that day you'll wake up pleading with your soul to get out of here
Mayday over and over static silence recovered
Drowning under ice floes dearly departed now

Spotlights hover high above tonight
Break free cast a shadow in the moonlight
Call to arms on the banks radio has no spark
Clinging to driftwood alone in the dark

Spotlights hover high above tonight
Broke free left no trace in the moonlight
Call to arms on the banks radio has no spark
Clinging to driftwood alone in the dark

Some day, sunlight will find you slowly killing your brother
On that day you'll wake up pleading with your soul to get out of here
Mayday over and over static silence recovered
Drowning under ice floes dearly departed now

God Willing & The Creek Don't Rise

Written By: Kyle Ryan

God willing & the creek don’t rise
God willing & the creek don’t rise
God willing & the creek don’t rise

Arbor oaks is dying I know
With each razed house it fades away
Arbor oaks is dying it’s slow
A fate set in motion 35 years ago

Can you rebuild this house?
The lot’s vacant, the driveway’s gone
The tree’s still there, her special palm
Most neighbors left with FEMA checks
Defeated by floods, their houses wrecked
There was no hope for our home

With each year I’m more removed
A disconnected stranger
With memories of these roots
And all the floods we lived through
’81, ’89, ’92, ’81, ’89, ’92
they say the bayou will overflow
the water’s already knee-deep
you gotta leave now
you gotta leave now
come on get on the boat

Can you rebuild this house?
The lot’s vacant, the driveway’s gone
The tree’s still there, her special palm
Most neighbors left with FEMA checks
Defeated by floods, their houses wrecked
There was no hope for our home

In dreams I work to repair
A house that lives & dies nightly
With images that I swear
Remain to this day crystal clear

Can you rebuild this house?
My hearts vacant, the connection’s gone
Are you still there, my special one?
We’re all that’s left, just look & check
It’s thicker than blood, I’m still wrecked
There was no hope for our home

Arbor oaks is dying
To me it’s already dead
They will take away, they will take away
The remnants of cypress grove lane

Station To Station

Written By: Kyle Ryan

Station to station
Is this coming through?
I’d like to think I know
But mostly I have no clue
That said
There’s nothing here at stake
Save for an ego
Just slightly bruised…
And that’s nothing
That’s of real concern
So light up
Let’s see if this bridge burns

All the eyes
They fall on you
I watch it as
You enter the room
But hold my voice
From the chorus of your admirers
And mind my place

Station to station
Do we speak in code?
I’d like to think we do
But suspect we’re in different modes…
and that’s something
I know awfully well
With my job
As mayor of Friendsville

Station to station
Here’s a montage
That highlights what could have been
If this weren’t a mirage

All my Is
I change to 3rd person
To conceal
What lacks consensus
And bide my time
Until it’s appropriate
To break this code

Discography

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

Set List

We play 30-45 minutes. Our songs include... "From Here On In" "Someday, Sunlight," "God Willing & The Creek Don't Rise," "Station To Station," "5 A.D.," "Encyclopaedia," "Back For More," "1996 V. 2008," and others.

Our covers of choice have included "Holland, 1945" by Neutral Milk Hotel, "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" by Fall Out Boy, "Gun" by Uncle Tupelo, "Ache" by Jawbreaker, "Sacrifice" by J Church, and "9th St. Shakedown" by Ryan Adams.