The Sonics are one of the greatest garage bands ever--one of the greatest bands period. The Sonics reign was brutal, yet brief. From 1960 to 1966 they blasted their way out of the Pacific Northwest with a distorted punk rock fury the rock & roll world never saw coming and hasn't seen since. The noisiest and most rockinest band ever, mere words hold no meaning trying to comprehend this over-the-top 4/4 ruckus. Just slap on the Sonics right now--tell your stupid coworkers to buzz off cause you're gonna need to be hearing these rockers kinda loud RIGHT AWAY! Strychnine, Busy Body, Psycho, Skinny Minnie, Boss Hoss, He's Waiting, The Witch, Have Love Will Travel, Louie Louie, Maintaining My Cool. (Streaming Real Audio links)
The Sonics are playing their first show in decades at Cavestomp. For me, this is the highlight of what already has been a swingin' year of musical events.
And I know there's a chance this reunion gig might suck. I know the oldies circuit only too well. As with Life itself, you always gotta go into these things with lowered expectations. Statistics show that this event should be horrible. However, I subscribe to the Question Mark and the Mysterians Caveman In a Spaceship Exception Theory. In 1997, Q and his Merry Men time-warped like a Vox-fueled meteor from Planet 1966 and sounded better than ever. The Alarm Clocks (also playing Cavestomp) are another freeze-dried rock & roll anomaly that make you wonder what the Stones would've sounded like if they quit the biz in 1966 only to make a comeback 40 years later. And The Trashmen? Jeez--only one of the best shows I've ever seen (Las Vegas 1999). There's a unifying reason why all these bands kicked ass and continue to. Cause they're fucking great--that's why. Case closed.
Lead Sonics vocalist Gerry Rosalie can peel the paint off a 747 on a windy day. I'd catch his act if he were backed up by some terrible schlub oldies band up at BB King's. Only this ain't no oldies band. For the first time in 40 years: Here Are The Sonics!
...and here's an interview with Sonics guitarist Larry Parypa from my show back in 1998. Larry spills on his old man's Les Paul connections, the aborted Do the Witch Dance Craze, getting that Epiphone Riviera distortion sound just right and more. Larry comes off as articulate and forthcoming--I'm in complete Joe Franklin mode. Enjoy!