CD REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS – Welcome Aboard

CD REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS – Welcome Aboard
Citadel Records
18 August, 2017
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Perfect power pop from a veritable Aussie supergroup (brothers Glenn & Brian Morris, Clyde Bramley and Jon Roberts can boast stints with Hoodoo Gurus, Screaming Tribesmen, Paul Collins Beat and The Barbarellas amongst their claims to fame), The On And Ons second album is big armful of surf-flecked summertime fun that reminds us of The Chevelles, The Stems (Richard Lane appears as guest organist on several tracks), The Beatles and the Beach Boys.

Groovy vibes and sweet, sweet melodies permeat the joyous likes of No Good For Yourself, She’s Leaving, To Die For and the shaggy mop-top bounce of Welcome Aboard, whilst even their darkest track – (Not A) Sweet Girl – is bouncy and boppy and dripping with sugar.

There’s a retro vibe (perfectly complementing the Austin Powers-esque cover & title) through Things I Love and Whole World (one of several tracks featuring ex-Wiggle Murray Cook on twelve string Fender) which takes us back to the Beatles-led pop n’ roll explosion, with a sugar-high garage edge, and Sugar Anne boasts a bodacious Beach Boys Barbara Ann bop.

The perfect soundtrack to your next beach blanket bingo barbecue boys n’ babes bash.


CD REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS - Welcome Aboard

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