The Sonics – “8”

Album Reviews | By on Apr 3rd, 2011

Record Label: The Sonics Records
Genre: Garage Rock
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60’s garage rock band The Sonics are back with their first studio album in a very long time. Their new EP is called 8 and contains 4 studio tracks, and 6 live tracks. Well technically there’s 2 bonus live tracks.

This Northwest band may be known as the Godfathers of Garage Rock and they may also be known for their version of the song “Have Love, Will Travel.” Believe it or not, I never really heard of the Sonics until the movie Rock n Rolla came out, and their song I mentioned above was featured in the movie & on the soundtrack. Leave it to Guy Ritchie to make me find out new music (or old music) to listen to.

“Cheap Shades” opens the EP up and it’s a rockin’ good tune; so is “Bad Attitude.” I actually think “Bad Attitude” is the best track on the album. It seems like the type of song you crank up in the car, and go speeding down the highway. The live tracks are okay, but the quality isn’t the best. You can hear live tracks of “Strychnine,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” and “Psycho.” Plus the additional live tracks like “Boss Hoss” and “The Hustler.” All in all, it’s nice to hear some new songs from The Sonics, but wish the whole album was new tracks and not some live tracks tacked on at that end of it. Then again, at least they give you more bang for your buck.

Bottom Line: Great to hear new music from The Sonics
Notable Tracks: Bad Attitude, Strychnine, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
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