New (!) album from The Sonics. Although The Sonics are more or less intrinsically a band of the 60’s, they are of course now back together, and have freshly recorded This Is The Sonics. It sounds like The Sonics, obviously, but then so do lots of other bands, and if anyone deserves to it’s them right? On Revox.
5/10 Robin Staff review, 08 May 2015
‘This Is the Sonics’ sounds like if I’d woken up to a particularly caffeinated episode of Sound of the Sixties, which is not the exact phenomenon I seek out in my day-to-day life, but for a Friday morning? I guess I’ll take it. What the Sonics are doing would be considered extremely throwback and corny if they hadn’t actually been pioneering this style since the 1960s, which gets them a bye into the next round of this review. They’re still doing the cheeky, piano-twinkling treatise of garage rock that once existed, and it now sounds totally silly and gleefully dated.
Choice tracks that now sound out of mode include “Be A Woman”, which frantically stomps through thrashing drums, some horns and a honky tonk -- plus some woefully bad lyrics including “You make me feel like a man”. These songs, intuitively short to the point of the record being a total mess, gives me nightmares of Madness performing on the top of Buckingham Palace -- everything sounds the same and nothing ever changes. But choice moments are fun, I guess: “The Hard Way” shows the band taking a slightly rawer tack, with scratchy chords and riffing that fits closed eyes.
The Sonics were definitely a band from the ‘60s, and now they are not a band in the ‘60s, but this certainly sounds like the ‘60s. “Look At Little Sister” has a riff that feels so iconic of that time at this point that it’s hard to separate it from the band’s older work, and I’m sure that’ll delight ‘60s revivalists. Personally I don’t want to go back in time ever.
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