You know the feeling, when you discover a new artist and it just clicks. The music draws you in, but there is more - something that just keeps you listening, no matter what. This is the story of me finding the Onions - a Band that I should have told you about a lot sooner, but couldn’t. I just didn’t know they existed.
When I browsed Bandcamp a while ago, I stumbled upon an EP cover that just screamed “listen to me!”. I can not describe it. Perhaps it was a mixture of many things, including a certain portion of self-mockery that I can not resist (but see for yourself: EP on Bandcamp. When I bought the EP and showed it to a friend who is in the music production business, I witnessed him putting all the technical analysis he usually does aside and just enjoy it - so did I. That is a feeling which has gotten quite rare and hard to find. I had found fresh Onions. That was in February this year. In May they released their album Shame of the Nation and again, I enjoyed every song.
Who are the Onions? A question I wish would not have been necessary to ask. I had bet that a few years from now they would have made it. Their music is unique and original in so many ways that I could not have imagined it any other way. If more people would have talked about them earlier maybe that would have happened. The trio from Withington (South Manchester, UK) had to shut down after more than 10 years for undisclosed reasons. Between the lines of their goodbye on Facebook earlier this month (7.7.2015) one might get a glimpse on why:
Well its been a whole decade since Onions started and this post is to say that we’ve decided to bring Onions to an end.
Some highlights have been: getting to the Glastonbury Unsigned Finals (twice!), chatting with Michael Eavis, playing at Glastonbury itself, our three BBC6 Music sessions, creating all our music over the years in many different places (Salford University, Blueprint Studios, Futureworks and our bedrooms), playing with the many great bands we’ve got to know and meeting the many great people who have put us on and helped promote us, some of whom are now close friends.
We’ve played with some awful bands that have gone on to make it in the music business and some of to make it big. It’s disheartening to think about how many thousands of Onions’ emails and CDs I sent, in relation to how many replies I got BUT every moment we played together and experienced that amazing connection with the audience whilst on stage made me forget about all the boring business side. We’ve seen a lot of bands come and go in our time and it is very sad to now become one of those bands.
Onions has been a third of my life and at the front of my head for ten years so it’s a sad change.
We’ve only got a few copies of our second album Shame Of The Nation left and we won’t be making anymore.
It may be a cliche to say ‘it’s all about the fans’ but seeing you all enjoy yourselves at our gigs, us all singing along together, getting to meet as many of you as possible, hearing your stories and how some songs now remind you of certain times and places, has been the biggest buzz.
It is sad but it seems that it did not work out for this band, despite a lot of attention from BBC6, playing the Glastonbury Festival and most of the time being reviewed with the so very due admiration for their work. I can only chime in and say: “I enjoyed every second”.
It would be harsh not to say something about the music, but right now I feel more compelled to keep it short and recommend picking up the few copies of the albums that are left here, here and here. If you like a little retro, enjoy beat music and have an open heart for lyrics about your life with a lot of tongue in cheek then you will not be disappointed. In fact you can not be because you will have a proper listen first and dance until the ceiling breaks.
The only thing left to do is to wave a goodbye full of love to the Onions - sorry guys that I did not write this earlier. What you have accomplished and done is done. It will always be there.