I was working on something else listening to Last FM (Tag: Ska Punk), when this band popped up and caught my attention. I’ve
Formed in Manchester, England in 20
02, Sonic Boom Six represent the most compelling
soundclash to rise from the undergrounding years. Few bands can so smoothly mix dancefloor-savvy elements of reggae, jungle & ska with the rigorous commentary of hip-hop whilst retaining enough grit and aggression to be an active fixture of the UK’s punk scene. Only Sonic Boom Six are propelled by the melodious rapping of Laila K who is one of the most incendiary vocalists to ever bounce around a moshpit of Mohawks. A true product of their environment – the sound of a thousand city-centre clubnights and student party mash-ups invigorate the righteous fury of distorted guitars and dubby grooves – SB6 create a sound as authentic as it is unique. Looking as at home on a festival stage as they are playing at a warehouse party, the band are retaining their grassroots ideation and positive, unifying message as their music steadily permeates a wider international audience. Check out ‘Sound of a Revolution’ for the Boom in an instant – fluid grime vocals laid over a bass-heavy skank, detonated with a blast of punk-rock.
The group, completed by Ben C (guitar and vocals), Barney Boom (bass and vocals) and Neil ‘Madfish’ McMinn (drums and samples) recorded their newest release in Liverpool with current UK punk wúnderkind Peter Miles (Captain Everything!, The King Blues, Howard’s Alias). Arcade Perfect drops on November 12th, 2007 on the band’s own label imprint, Rebel Alliance (distributed by Code 7). Speaking on the new material Laila comments “it’s been the first time we’ve felt like the record speaks for itself whereas in the past our records have kind of been an extension to the live show.” Ben continues “We’ve spent so much time playing to fresh crowds in across Europe – where they genuinely know nothing about you and you have to entertain non-stop for an hour and a half or more – that our writing was influenced by that vibe. We wanted to keep the inventiveness of our older stuff for the current fans whilst also being able to make a room full of kids in a squat dance their arses off when they hear these songs for the first time.”
Title of the photograph: Brooklyn Heights
Photographer: Chris Horner (Ann Arbor, MI USA)