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Sonic Boom Six



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Hometown: Manchester (UK)

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From Manchester's dynamic musical landscape comes the most compelling soundclash to rise from the underground for years. Few bands can so smoothly mix dancefloor-savvy elements of reggae, jungle and 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 (characteristically contrary to the stereotype of a young asian female from Hulme) 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 wĆŗnderkind 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."

This outlook extends into the band's distinctive tradition of the mixing the narrative and wordplay of hip-hop with an unflinching commentary of their surroundings that snarls with the studded spirit of 77. "I've always been as influenced by rappers lyrically as I have by rock artists" explains Barney, "I'm definitely drawn to the idea of talking directly about an issue rather than shrouding the whole thing in poetry. I think it's the most effective way to get a point across". SB6 include their comrades Johnny One Lung (the Filaments) Itch (the King Blues) Babar Luck (ex-King Prawn) and Matt Reynolds (Howards Alias) in the action; a chorus of dissent from the scene they have been involved with over the last five years. Sonic Boom Six released their first two EPs on Moon Ska Europe before signing to Deck Cheese Records in the UK for their acclaimed debut album, The Ruff Guide to Genre-Terrorism which they promoted a Radio One Punk Show session and gigs alongside such as Mad Caddies, Hard-Fi, Flogging Molly and RX Bandits as well as festival appearances at Glastonbury, Rebellion and the Lock-Up Stage at Reading and Leeds festivals.

In addition to Sonic Boom Six, the band perform acoustic reggae sets as Babyboom; a project that specialises in playing fundraisers, houseparties and holding musical workshops… but won't turn their nose up at busking for a few extra pennies during tours. Laila, Ben and Barney are also members of Suicide Bid, the ongoing dub-punk collective who are beginning work on their third full-length. A continuation of the DIY approach at the heart of band's ethos, SB6 arrange the Ruff and Ready package tour which provides a collective platform for some of the most intensifying underground bands around and toured to resonant success in 2007 and is set to return in Spring 2008. Touring in the past year has placed Sonic Boom Six on festival stages at Fusion (D), Rockade (D), Mondiali (IT), City Invasion (UK), Rock Im Dorf (A) and the Lock-Up stage at Reading and Leeds festival as well as support slots at high-profile shows with Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Bad Brains. Up next, the Boom head around the UK on their biggest headline tour to date with Connecticut's The Flaming Tsunamis in support and then onto a full UK tour with Reel Big Fish and Streetlight Manifesto in the 2008 New Year.


Reviews

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Sonic Boom Six / Nix86

Ska Is Dead, Vol. 4 [7-inch club] (2010)

Underground Communique / Asbestos

Sonic Boom Six / The Skints live in Leeds

Sonic Boom Six / The Skints

live in Leeds (2009)

live show

Sonic Boom Six Turbo

Sonic Boom Six

Turbo (2003)

Moon Ska Europe

Interviews

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Barney Boom (Sonic Boom Six)

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EST)

Tours: Sonic Boom Six, Rat Attack (UK)
Manchester, UK's Sonic Boom Six will be heading out on a string of UK dates with [Rat Attack]] in early 2014. The band's fourth full length, 2012's Sonic Boom Six is available on Xtra Mile Recordings. You can…
November 20, 2013
Media: Sonic Boom Six: "Let's Push Things Forward"
Sonic Boom Six have released a music video for "Let's Push Things Forward". The song is a cover of English hip-hop artist The Streets. We've linked the original below as…
March 29, 2013
Interviews: Barney Boom (Sonic Boom Six)
It's been a long journey for Sonic Boom Six have spent the past decade tirelessly making a name for themselves in the UK punk scene and their hard work seems to have paid off, signing to Xtra Mile Recordings…
January 21, 2013
Videos: Sonic Boom Six: "Karma Is a Bitch"
Sonic Boom Six have released a new video for their song "Karma is a Bitch." The song appears on their self-titled full-length, released this year by Xtra Mile. You can click Read More…
November 05, 2012
Punknews Podcast: The week of October 16th, 2012
This week on the Punknews Podcast, Bryne Yancey, Kira Wisniewski and Adam White discuss the Ataris drum-freakout response video and some new music from the band. We also tackle the new Titus Andronicus record,…
October 18, 2012
Videos: Sonic Boom Six: "Virus"
Ska-punk-hip-hop outfit Sonic Boom Six have released a video for their latest single, "Virus." The song will appear on the band's upcoming self-titled full-length, due out October 15,…
September 06, 2012
Videos: Sonic Boom Six sign to Xtra Mile Recordings, announce self-titled LP, UK tour
Longstanding Manchester punk/Hip-Hop/ska merchants Sonic Boom Six have joined the roster at Xtra Mile (Frank Turner, Future Of The Left), with a view to releasing a self-titled full length on the 15th of…
July 23, 2012
Media: Sonic Boom Six release documentary short; 'New Style Rockas'
Manchester, UK's Sonic Boom Six have released a 12 minute documentary film, entitled New Style Rockas. The film, directed by Paul Atkinson, combines live footage and candid interviews with individual band members. The…
April 02, 2012
Tours: Sonic Boom Six announce UK tour with Hildamay
Punktastic is reporting that Manchester punk/ska/reggae/Hip-Hop mash up outfit Sonic Boom Six will be embarking on a short UK tour…
January 31, 2012
Tours: Ska Is Dead plan 7-inch series
The promoters behind Ska Is Dead have joined up with Underground Communiqué and Asbestos Records to release a new 7-inch series. They explained their crazy idea: Coming this summer [...] will be an amazing little project…
June 22, 2010

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