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ONOFFON: Surrender Now

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Fans of Brand X, Yes or Phish should dig ONOFFON , a band that mixes progressive rock, spacey atmospherics and jazz on the self-produced CD Surrender Now. ONOFFON is a southern California group consisting of three accomplished instrumentalists: Don Lake on lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica, Von Babasin on bass and keyboards, and Dave Goode on drums. The lyrics on this release are a bit too cosmic for my tastes, but no more so than the aforementioned bands'. Best cuts include the title track, which blends bluesy harmonica, a pleasingly ominous groove and otherworldly vocals. Also cool are the instrumental "Weekend in Montreal," which is driven by guest Glen Garrett's jazzy tenor sax, and my favorite, "The Gift Must Always Move," which features some impressive guitar work by Lake. Southern California is not known for its prog rock, but ONOFFON could change that perception. This is a talented band with an interesting sound that should appeal to fusion and prog-rock fans alike

Title: Surrender Now | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Onoffon Productions


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