The ominous guitar delay, eighties-style keys, pensive lyricism, and soulful vocals of “Jericho” is the first offering from ONR. He has an echo-y croon and towering melodies, while a six-string screeches. Appropriately, the War Games-style old school monitor readout on the official lyric video opens up his world.
Watch it HERE.
About the song, ONR.-aka Robert-comments, “It feels right to me that ‘Jericho’ is the first ONR. track that people will hear. I wrote it at a time when I’d stopped caring about how my writing was perceived. That was the catalyst for everything this became. At its heart, ‘Jericho’ is an old-fashioned protest song. It’s been missing a little in recent times, and it hopefully reflects the frustration and feeling of helplessness that comes with living in the modern world, but it harbors a sort of gentle aggression throughout. It’s more of a ‘call-to-arms’ than a submission.”
The seeds for that “call-to-arms” were planted long ago. Born in Glasgow and raised between the Scottish highlands and southern Scotland, ONR. spent his formative years idolizing Elton John, Kate Bush, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and obsessing over George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984-coincidentally written in Scotland. He found inspiration in the ability of each to shift perspectives and unlock a higher realm and continues to draw inspiration from more modern rock innovators like Arcade Fire, Mondo Cozmo, Interpol and The Killers. Now, the artist’s own manifesto unfolds with “Jericho” and his forthcoming debut EP coming soon.