Sonic Boom Six: Sonic Boom Six – album review

Sonic Boom Six – Sonic Boom Six(Xtra Mile Recordings)
CD/DL/LP
Out 22nd Oct

The genre driven music machine is dead and from the ashes we bring you Sonic Boom Six. @thisismusic reviews their latest album.

You won’t insult Sonic Boom Six by calling them Chavs. Style labels matter as much to them as musical genres. Starting out in the reasonably definable ska-punk genre, they have progressed over their previous three studio albums to include rock, occasionally acoustic music and always pop into the list of genres they borrow from. It can’t be long before Laila-K breaks into Inuit throat chants and Barny picks up a lute to fill the remaining musical styles not already absorbed by the Manchester five-piece.

Whilst genres are generally meaningless to Sonic Boom Six there is a clear move towards the wider popular culture on the new eponymously titled album. But are a British public who have only just shown an acceptance of K-Pop ready for a new definition of GB-Pop?

Like PSY and his mocking of the South Korean new money, Sonic Boom Six are more than happy to look at the flag wavers in our society and shoot them down without hesitation.

Songs on this album started to appear at the time of the riots in 2011 and Sonic Boom Six speak clearly of and to the youths of today. But don’t presume that this means its all menace and malaise, quite the opposite.

Kids of The Multi-Culture is a rallying call for tolerance and making the most out of life’s rich tapestry in modern Britain. Virus is more aggressive with a nod towards the spin dryer warpspeed of Pendulum, but it’s far from being a punk style closed fist attack on the wrongs of the banks and the politicians. Instead, it includes elements of plea, pity and recognition that what is done is done and it’s up to Sonic Boom Six and the youth of today to pick up the pieces. This is about changing views, not ramming opinions down people’s throats.

The album is at its best when Barny tells a story and Laila floats a harmonising chorus over the top. Gary Got A Gun does this brilliantly, challenging conventional associations between heroism and bravery in a homage to young people who feel little option in life but to seek excitement fighting in foreign lands.

Clever choruses, riffs, beats and breaks abound on this album, it will make you jump and dance, it echoes with more one-liners for a crowd to chant along with than the closing speech of a party conference.

You should buy Sonic Boom Six and at least pretend you get it; your kids will, your younger brother and sister will, and if you are lucky enough to be under 21, you may just get it yourself. You lucky bastards.

SB6’s website is here.

All words @thisismusic whose author profile can be found here. @thisismusic is also on twitter here.

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