Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
My history with UK-based ska band Sonic Boom Six dates back to 2008, when an old high school buddy – Matt Flood – released one of their albums on his label, Asbestos Records, and recommended I check out the band when they were playing a show at the old Knitting Factory in NYC.
The show was a blast, but due to the band being in the UK, and me living in CT, it would be nearly a decade before I’d get to see them again. That day finally came last month at Warped Tour.
Obviously, I was stoked to see them again. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked, because here are three reasons you should see Sonic Boom Six live.
1. Their Set is a Mixture of Ska and Rock
When I was first introduced to the music of Sonic Boom Six they were predominantly a ska band, and while they still have plenty of ska in their catalogue, over the years they’ve embraced their rock influences quite a bit. Because of this, their live show alternates between modern ska, and rocking out.
They rock out the hardest on songs like “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions,” “For The Kids of the Multiculture,” and “Learn To Live With It,” with the latter featuring an extended guitar solo during their Warped Tour set.
2. They Aren’t Afraid to Get Political
Sonic Boom Six have their political songs front and center when they perform live, from their feminist anthem “No Man, No Right,” to their anti-xenophobia hit “From the Fire to the Frying Pan.”
The band is part of a lineage of acts unafraid to take a stand, and when you hear them perform these songs live they have an even greater impact.
3. Laila K’s Voice is One of a Kind
High pitched, but authoritative, you’re not likely to hear many voices like Laila K’s, and because of this you’d be hard pressed to compare her to any other frontwoman. In my book that’s a very cool thing, because “unique” is something hard to find in 2017, and Laila K is one of a kind.
To find out when, and where, Sonic Boom Six are performing next, check out their Facebook page for show dates.