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The Sonics

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‘Bad Betty’
Revox Records

We’re all used to reunions, cash ins and very vague versions of classic bands coming back to have another go at reigniting their long lost youths but as come backs go, few can challenge The Sonics for sheer ability to pick up and kick back into where they left off some forty years later!

It’s impossible to over exaggerate the influence that The Sonics had when they detonated out of Tacoma, Washington in the early sixties. Their primal fuzz, distortion and garage rock grooves was so far ahead of their time they practically invented every form of rock music that’s come since.

The Sonics have had a few reunions over the years but this coming March 31st sees the release of their first new studio album since the release of Introducing back in 1967. Titled This Is The Sonics and due to be issued through their own label, Revox, the first taster from its grooves has just been released and ‘Bad Betty’ very quickly asserts itself as a comeback worth waiting for. High energy, explosive and full of fuzz, despite fast approaching their seventies, ‘Bad Betty’ sounds like no time has passed since and The Sonics have effortlessly recaptured the energy and aggression of their teenage years.

Produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs) and featuring original members Jerry Roslie, Larry Parypa, and Rob Lind, The Sonics also now feature Freddie Dennis from The Kingsmen and Liverpool Five, plus Dusty Watson who played with Dick Dale and Agent Orange. And if ‘Bad Betty’ is anything to go by, This Is The Sonics promises to eclipse even their early material for amp-slashing, foot stomping garage rock mania. Bring it on!

James Sherry

Music News

The White Stripes announce split

The White Stripes announced they had split up last night via their website. Having not played live for a few years now and various other projects taking preference, Jack and Meg have parted ways (for now) and left this message for die hard fans:

The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore, The White Stripes belongs to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to.”

Jim Diamond must be still dancing around his flat to this news. He produced the first two albums and ended up being walked over with big lawyers appointed by White who he quotes in the amazing punk rock book We Never Learn: “Jack White is the greatest meglomaniac rock-star cliche on the earth…The White Stripes sued me, saying I had defamed their name by claiming to be involved with their sound. Well assholes, what does it say on the record cover? At least I didn’t lie under oath. Jack said shit on the stand like the only reason he came to me (to produce and record the first 2 records) was because he didn’t have gas money to get to another studio.”