As of late, Jon has turned to an edgier pop-rock sound and his band, The Sugarcane has honed in on some of Aanestad’s songs that are closer to the bone—still very accessible and commercially viable, but more visceral. The band is focusing its irreverent pop sound, and taking on arrangements that fuse modern pop, old-school soul and contemporary folk. Since 2009 and the release of Aanestad’s EP, “Songs From A City”, the band has gained momentum playing in three festivals and in some of the best venues in the Northeast, and Aanestad has toured nationally as a solo act.
Jon Aanestad’s self-titled debut EP, “Songs From A City” was a blend of Folk, R&B and Pop. Released in 2009, it combined a sort of country sensibility with a soulful backbone. “City Living” the last track, was an Al Green inspired tune while “High Heel Hangover” was more of a pop anthem meant to catch an ear–which it did in the UK Songwriting Contest where it landed as a semi-finalist song. And although the EP was a great experience for everyone involved–it may have been too safe, Aanestad admits.
“The EP was really a way for me to start playing clubs, and playing with musicians I respected and loved, and it did give me that leverage. But, I wasn’t necessarily making the music I wanted to hear, but the music I thought would sell.”
Aanestad’s EP did give him some good opportunities, including playing in Gap Stores Born To Play Competition and getting some radio play in the UK. The Sugarcane, Aanestad’s band, is now planning to record a new EP with Aanestad’s new material.
Selected for the Radio UK International Showcase Hour
UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist, “High Heel Hangover”
Platinum Blue “Hit Grade Potential” song, “A Girl Like You”
Great American Song Contest, rated hit grade potential
Selected by Gap, “Born To Play” series in Gap stores