Sonic Boom Six / The Skints - live in Leeds (Cover Artwork)

Sonic Boom Six / The Skints

Sonic Boom Six / The Skints: live in Leedslive in Leeds (2009)
Ska and Reggae

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: wearestillalivewearestillalive
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I think I must be getting a little tired of ska, because I was just not taken by the Skints on this night. The London four-piece have started to make quite the name for themselves 'round the UK this year -- they've been picked up by Sonic Boom Six's label, Rebel Alliance Recordings, and the crowd wa.

I think I must be getting a little tired of ska, because I was just not taken by the Skints on this night. The London four-piece have started to make quite the name for themselves 'round the UK this year -- they've been picked up by Sonic Boom Six's label, Rebel Alliance Recordings, and the crowd was definitely into them. I think I would have been a year or so ago, too: they're catchy; the basslines were pounding and relentless; the songs were stuffed full of sing-along moments; and they featured a girl playing both sax and flute. It's a recipe for greatness, and it's clear to see why they're picking up fans left, right and centre, but personally, it all got a bit too simple and repetitive. Apart from the flute, which I guess makes them the ska version of Jethro Tull, there's nothing here I hadn't heard before.

From my cynical post at the bar, I was a little worried that I wasn't going to enjoy Sonic Boom Six, either. It's a relief, then, when one of Britain's biggest, best and most beloved punk bands hits the stage, all flashing lights and blaring noise, I saw no other option than to fling myself into the pit and skank away. See, Sonic Boom Six have something special and, although I've never been a massive fan of their records, they absolutely destroy live every single time. The crowd is rarely more receptive to a band, especially up north and closer to their home city of Manchester, and the atmosphere here was amazing -- most people here have seen SB6 at least once before, everyone knew the songs, and the band matched the pit's energy, bouncing around almost as much as we did, ditching their instruments for the bass and drums-driven hip-hop tracks, and bringing out just the right amount of trombone. "Sound of a Revolution" and "Piggy in the Middle" were obvious crowd-pleasers, and everyone was on such a high that the oncoming announcement seemed all the more gutting.

We were informed that Ben Childs, Sonic Boom Six's guitarist of nearly five years and the band's tallest member, is leaving the band as a touring member (we sought out Laila afterwards and she told us it's because he's getting married) and that we may never hear him on this stage again. Shock turned to stunned silence as Ben and Laila play an absolutely beautiful, stripped-back version of "Floating Away" on just guitar and vocals, and they had to actively encourage us to pick up our jaws and sing along. Things didn't slow down for too long, as they burst back into their typical onslaught, breaking out a bunch of older tracks from their first EPs until they simply couldn't do any more encores. Once again, they proved themselves as the kings of the UK scene.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Dante3000 (October 20, 2009)

No one asks what HollyBalls would do? How odd.

Fresnoska (October 19, 2009)

Thanks for the heads up, tix are bought. Can't wait!

swiftjustice (October 19, 2009)

hey fresnoska

theyre opening for big d at least in SF at bottom of the hill in December.

INDW (October 19, 2009)

i'm with the first two guys; SB6 are awful. Genre terrorism is terrible and I've seen them around 6 times (being the awful support for various gigs, as well as a couple of headline shows) and I think i've enjoyed maybe one performance.

abbreviation (October 18, 2009)

I would love to see SB6 again.

____Win_Win_Situation____ (October 17, 2009)

were poor

MeeSTa3k (October 17, 2009)

My old band toured with SB6 in the UK a few years ago, and I saw them a few times in the States after that as well. Over 20 shows and I've never seen them give a subpar performance. It's unusual to find a band this consistently great.

wearestillalive (October 17, 2009)

Well, aside from not being a 100% serious comment, Jethro Tull used a flute where most, if not all prog bands didn't, and the Skints use a flute where most, if not all ska bands don't.

I did say The Skints were good, you don't even have to read too closely to pick out the compliments. They're just hardly original (aside from their flute use!), and I just wasn't feeling it that night.

jerryboy (October 16, 2009)

im sorry mate, but your opinions are really confusing me, that's not a review so much as a vague idea of your personal opinion- how does having a flute make a band like jethro tull, isnt it the music that defines them? does that mean when a reggae band has a piano they are like a reggae version of mozart?

syebot (October 16, 2009)

SB6 are good, but the Skints are better.

bwisott (October 16, 2009)

Cant wait for SB6 to come back to the US this winter. I wish they were headlining though. I really dont want to see another big D show but oh well. What ever it takes to see SB6.

Fresnoska (October 16, 2009)

What a great band, both live and on record. Saw them in LA last year, and I doubt they will ever tour out here again, as they rarely come stateside. I would kill to catch them in the UK.

wearestillalive (October 16, 2009)

Those are absolutely insane opinions.

gherkin (October 16, 2009)

Sonic Boom Six are awful full stop.

randomd (October 16, 2009)

wow, sonic boom six are awful live

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