When ON AN ON went into the studio with producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals) in 2012 to record their debut LP, Give In, it was only weeks after the creation of the band from the ashes of a former project, and everything felt new and open. They didn't have any specific sonic goals. They only wanted to capture what it sounded like for ON AN ON to begin, and that’s exactly what they did, with Consequence of Sound describing the “intriguing, ethereal swatches of sounds, mixing retro-sounding harmonies, shimmering synth, and buzzy guitar,” while Teen Vogue praised it as “a must hear new album.” ON AN ON Went on to have an incredible run with Give In, making their debuts at major music festivals including Bonnaroo and Governors Ball, and appearing at SXSW 2013 where the band were touted by Time Magazine as the #1 band to look out for, named one of Paste Magazine's "Bands To See", and featured as a must hear act at the festival by NPR's All Songs Considered.
After a year and a half of playing shows, the band returned to Minneapolis to begin writing their sophomore album. Being on the road provided ON AN ON with time to examine how they wanted to expand and grow sonically, resulting in more collaborative writing and experimental live tracking. Their second record, And The Wave Has Two Sides, won attention for its strong songwriting and range and allowed the band to gain an even greater following. The band made their late night debut with Carson Daly, and Entertainment Weekly dared readers to “try not to dance to ON AN ON’s ‘It’s Not Over’” among other effusive declarations from the likes of Mashable, Stereogum, Vanity Fair, Relix, and many more.