On BBC Radio 2 this Friday at midnight this seminal group play live in session. Is this news to you? It is to me. I had no idea they were a going concern once more.
According to Wikipedia, “In 2007, The Sonics reunited again, this time for the Cavestomp garage rock festival in Brooklyn (November 2-4, 2007). The line up featured original members Gerry Roslie on vocals/keyboards, Larry Parypa on guitar and Rob Lind on tenor sax; with Ricky Lynn Johnson (of The Wailers) on drums and Don Wilhelm (of The Daily Flash) on bass and vocals.”
I really can’t imagine what they might sound like now. I think it’s nigh on impossible to equal the energy of said debut LP but I do hope they retain something of that pre-punk attitude.
You’ll find a track of theirs from the last year’s John Peel Faith Healer MiX. If you like that, and who in their right mind wouldn’t, you need to buy the album because every track is a blinder. Really. And make sure you buy from an Independent record retailer. The corporations will only squander it ;-p
| John Peel Faith Healer MiX (info & track listing)
| John Peel Faith Healer MiX (direct download)
| John Peel Faith Healer MiX (torrent)
| The Sonics @ Wikipedia
| The Sonics @MySpace
| The Sonics Fan Site
“The Sonics recorded very, very cheaply on a two track you know, and they just used one microphone over the drums, and they got the most amazing drum sound I’ve ever heard. Still to this day, it’s still my favorite drum sound. It sounds like he’s hitting harder than anyone I’ve ever known.” – Kurt Cobain
“If our records sound distorted, it’s because they are. My Brother (Larry, guitar) was always fooling around with the amps. They were always overdriven. Or he was disconnecting the speakers and poking a hole in them with an ice pick. That’s how we ended up sounding like a train wreck” – Andy Parypa (1984)
Other Radio Highlights
While on the subject of Radio. The Reggae Show is back for another run on Radio 2 and Radiohead are on the Mark Radcliffe show, (unfortunately still with that insufferable maconie twat in tow), on Tuesday 1st April.