Formed in the early Sixties, The Sonics quickly rose to fame with their unique sound - punk, garage, alternative, whatever genre you chose to place them in. Radio stations at the time were hesitant to put them on air; their cannon-like drums and screeching vocals didn't quite fit in with the more accessible sounds of bands like The Beatles and The Kinks. Listeners were quickly converted, however, and their debut single 'The Witch' shot to the top of the charts. With the release of their second hit 'Psycho', they were on the road to becoming one of the most progressive and influential punk bands of all time.
Having reformed in 2007, they have just released their first studio album of all new-material in 49 years. Entitled, This Is The Sonics, it is proof that time has not affected their ability to make good old-fashioned garage rock. They are set to play Barcelona's Sala Bikini on the 14th October, with many of the original line-up still going strong. The newest member, drummer Dusty Watson, manages to beat the bass drum and roll the snare in a style redolent of Bob Bennett's individual sound, ensuring the preservation of their pure rock and roll energy.
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