LISTEN: West Virginia rockers Ona unveil dreamy “Young Forever”

Photo by Max Nolte

HUNTINGTON, WV — West Virginia Appalachian rockers Ona have dropped “Young Forever,” the second single from their upcoming album Full Moon, Heavy Light, out May 10 on Tyler Childers’ Hickman Holler Records.

“Young Forever” borders on a dream pop aesthetic, with spaced out guitar licks and instrumentals accompanying Bradley Jenkins’ vocals, which in this instance draw comparisons to Kenny Miles of Wayne Graham with his fragmented vocals oozing with Appalachian soul and grit.

Listen to “Young Forever” below.

Produced by Drew Vandenberg (Of Montreal, Deerhunter, Futurebirds), Full Moon, Heavy Light was recorded at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Ga and includes nine new songs co-written by the five band members: Brad Goodall (keys, background vocals), Jenkins (guitar, vocals), Zachary Johnston (bass), Max Nolte (drums, percussion) and Zack Owens (lead guitar, background vocals).

“There’s a lot of ear candy that we snuck in there, but it might be an album that you need to sit with,” Jenkins said of the album. “We want our audience to experience and feel the music. There are ups and downs and sometimes people might ignore those feelings, but we want people to recognize every emotion.”

The release of Full Moon, Heavy Light follows a series of breakout years for the 5-piece band, who take their name from the small town of Ona, WV—just outside their home base of Huntington, WV. Since their formation, the band has built their following the old-fashioned way—through word of mouth and extensive touring.

Ona has an extensive summer tour on the horizon in support of the album, which includes stops in Lexington on May 10 at The Burl—the official release date for Full Moon, Heavy Light—as well as August 11 as part of the inaugural Railbird Festival at Keeneland.

For more information on Ona, tour dates and more visit TheBandOna.com.

 FULL MOON, HEAVY LIGHT TRACK LIST: 

1. Summer Candy
2. True Emotion
3. Allison In The Grass
4. Young Forever
5. Pennyroyal
6. Golden Highway Deserter
7. Ribbon At The Line
8. Quito
9. With You All Along


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