Posted in music | tour dates on August 21, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

ONWE

ONWE, the "Bushwick cyberpunx" project led by David Welles, recently released a single, "jk bb" / "Unpaid Internship," via Capitalist Records. The label's logo looks a lot like Capitol Records' logo, and ONWE's single artwork (above) looks a lot like Sacred Bones artwork. Both tracks can be streamed for free or downloaded for $1,000 or more on bandcamp and they've got videos for both songs too, which you can watch below. Both videos begin with the Capitalist Records logo, and their love of irony doesn't stop there. The "Unpaid Internship" video appears to be mocking the same things the Brooklyn Girls video (which came out a month and a half later) is celebrating, and the "jk bb" video looks like it's mocking the Tumblr aesthetic, while also using the Tumblr aesthetic, of course.

ONWE have a few shows coming up, including two in their hometown. The first is Friday (8/22) at Bowery Electric with Beiju, Madam West, The Yin Yangs and their Capitalist Recs labelmate Bodega Bay. Then, the following Friday (8/27), they play a Showpaper benefit at Trans Pecos with Bluffing, Matt Holden and Fern Mayo.

All dates are listed, with the videos, below...

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ONWE - "jk bb"

ONWE - "Unpaid Internship"

ONWE -- 2014 Tour Dates
Aug 22 The Bowery Electric New York, NY
Aug 27 Trans Pecos Ridgewood, NY
Oct 06 Charlie's Kitchen Cambridge, MA

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Comments (55)

Unfortunately, the music is as unoriginal as the subject matter.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:27 PM

I'm not sure whether this qualifies as irony or not. Gerald?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:34 PM

this shit is actually pretty fucking dope

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:38 PM

I really thought this was some Sacred Bones off-shoot. Wow. There's no way they will sit back and let this fly without comment. I hope at least.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:38 PM

Great rape-scene blacklight poster they chose for the album cover.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:43 PM

this is making me contemplate seppuku for living in BK in 2014.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:49 PM

i get that this is supposed to be art, which doesn't always have one clear message, but can someone at least give me a flow chart or Venn diagram to assist me in understanding what the hell this is?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:54 PM

^ see above.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 5:56 PM

Fuck this band and their shitty un-original cover. And fuck you too BV for the click bait.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 6:05 PM

Oh man that's dope as fuck

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 6:20 PM

Pretentious as fuck. Why don't they spend some more time actually creating something different than trying to sound like every other Brooklyn band and this 90s bullshit revivalism.

Posted by Big Jim | August 21, 2014 6:22 PM

90s rock is the coolest but this isn't that cool. Seems like a joking around/having fun kind of thing

Posted by Sarah K | August 21, 2014 6:28 PM

This band played at Slackfest and it was a total vibe killer. It was an awesome night to be at a house show and then these guys--after many bands I didn't previously know but really appreciated--came out and made me hate myself and hate music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 6:29 PM

They are also playing at the Batcave in Montclair, NJ on Sept 6th! spread the word! I love you David!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 6:45 PM

Top 5 BK Thread Comments on this Post So Far:

1) 90s rock is the coolest but this isn't that cool.
2) ...can someone at least give me a flow chart or Venn diagram to assist me in understanding what the hell this is?
3) Unfortunately, the music is as unoriginal as the subject matter.
4) I really thought this was some Sacred Bones off-shoot. Wow. There's no way they will sit back and let this fly without comment. I hope at least.
5) Great rape-scene blacklight poster they chose for the album cover.

Posted by David Welles | August 21, 2014 7:08 PM

Carles would be all over this bb

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:08 PM

I'm kinda surprised no one has mentioned the fact a gnarly hobo is straight smoking crack in this vid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:12 PM

R.I.P. James the Crackhead

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:13 PM

I made it to #4 from on that cum bucket's list!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:28 PM

but David Welles could I maybe get that flowchart? thx bb.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:29 PM

I wonder how many ppl who have commented on this are onwe band members

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:39 PM

Of course it's Sacher. Of course!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:58 PM

@ Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:39 PM

Isn't it telling how easy h8 is 2 imitate?

Posted by David Welles | August 21, 2014 8:34 PM

Searched for ASCII art of a cum bucket. No dice.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 8:36 PM

@David Welles - not trolling, would legitimately appreciate a cogent response regarding your artistic intentions. You don't have to go in depth but usually artists have some sort of thesis or directive.

I realize to quote John Ashbery that the worse your art is, the easier it is to talk about, but can we go beyond facile "irony" and pithy references to bushwick, hipsters, etc? Cheers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 9:16 PM

I include my contact email in every comment I post.

My curator handles the "cogent responses regarding artistic intentions"—irl only tho.

Contact him at: onwebooking@hotmail.com

Posted by David Welles | August 21, 2014 9:36 PM

Music isn't for everybody and that's ok

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 9:39 PM

How long before the thought pieces by Pitchfork?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 10:04 PM

Jason Gates <3

Posted by a | August 22, 2014 1:13 AM

I think the artist explaining the art tends to implicate it as a failure (since it can't communicate successfully as art). Onwe, of course, is a failure either way.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 1:41 AM

who is this rando band?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 2:10 AM

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 1:41 AM

It's ONWE.

Posted by David Welles | August 22, 2014 2:21 AM

I'm disappointed. I had a whole gaggle of bbs ready to have some fun with you trolls today, but everyone is being so fucking civil. Is it really only the pretentious Brooklyn Vegannites with no gall who are giving it to ONWE? Now this failure falls clearly on my shoulders.

Posted by David Welles | August 22, 2014 2:36 AM

Hey man, nothing to hate here really. Just a general blandness. Maybe ennui?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 8:09 AM

Sorry I'm late, I was busy forcing the "eponymous" meme over in the Interpol post. What's up?

Posted by Gerald | August 22, 2014 10:13 AM

no one else watch this vid! not because it's good or bad but b/c it has 420 views right now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 10:22 AM

definitely getting that nauseating bottomless pit of meaninglessness feeling here

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 2:21 PM

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Posted by Gerald | August 22, 2014 10:13 AM
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Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 2:21 PM

Aw, thanks anonymous bbs (and Gerald) ʕʘ̅͜ʘ̅ʔ☂

Posted by David Welles | August 22, 2014 2:48 PM

The worst.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 3:00 PM

sigh

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 3:42 PM

Guys so hungry for attention, and so scared to admit it. Pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 3:45 PM

Cum to the Bowery Electric tonight to see me beg for attention from you and your friend$. I offer you my raw sphincter if you're erect enough to enter. ONWE is on at 9pm.

Posted by David Welles | August 22, 2014 4:35 PM

I'm not sold on the music, but at least Welles has the balls to troll here with his real name, without crying or whining.

Maybe he and Josh can have a face-to-face tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 4:53 PM

@ 4:53 it's not his real name.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 5:42 PM

David Welles isn't his real name dudez

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 8:04 PM

The drummer is actually in a really great band called Veda Rays...

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 9:52 PM

his real name is Madison

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 10:20 PM

Sabrina Chang is a faggot

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:55 AM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:33 AM

@ Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 5:42 PM

Ugh.

Posted by David Welles | August 25, 2014 8:43 PM

Madison is also almost 30 years old although he claims to be 22 and likes to prey on teenage girls.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 3:35 PM

'Anonymous @3:35' is totes Sabrina Cheng

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 1:24 PM

@1:24PM

haha yup. the internet is real life jk.

Posted by David Welles | September 25, 2014 8:13 PM

This dude viral markets so much on Facebook.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2014 10:55 AM

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