Artwork by AKIKO KATO
The Sonics were just four teens from the Pacific Northwest at the dawn of the ‘60s making some of the most primitive and primal rock n’ roll ever committed to wax, and in the process almost singlehandedly invented garage, punk, grunge and metal. Everyone from the Cramps, Dead Boys and Bruce fucking Springsteen to the White Stripes, Nirvana and Mudhoney have acknowledged their sonic debt to the Sonics. After five decades of silence, the Sonics are back with This Is The Sonics, their first proper album since 1967. Though they are old enough to be your grandfather, they still play with facemelting intensity. And hells yeah they’re going on tour, sonny boy! They’ll be ripping the roof off the TLA on Sunday (April 12th) and we have a pair of tix for some lucky reader. To qualify to win, all you have to do is sign up for our mailing list (see right, below the masthead). Trust us, this is something you want to do. In addition to breaking news alerts and Phawker updates, you also get advanced warning about groovy concert ticket giveaways and other free swag opportunities like this one! After signing up, send us an email at FEED@PHAWKER.COM telling us a much, with the magic words HAVE LOVE WILL TRAVEL in the subject line. If you are already on our mailing list, just send us an email saying as much. Please include your full name and a mobile number for confirmation. Good luck and godspeed!