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The Sonics

Of all the garage bands that made a glorious racket in the 1960s, few if any were louder, wilder, or more raw than the Sonics, a Tacoma, WA quintet whose over-the-top style, complete with roaring guitars, pounding drums, and the fevered howls of lead singer Gerry Roslie, anticipated the mania of punk and pushed rock & roll deep into the red zone during their 1963-1966 heyday. The Sonics were stars in Washington, but it took a while for the rest of the world to catch on, and in time they would become one of the most fabled bands on the Pacific Northwest rock scene.

The Sonics were founded in 1960 by guitarist Larry Parypa, who was introduced to the guitar by his uncle and encouraged by his parents, who both had a keen interest in music. The Sonics began as an instrumental combo that featured Larry's older brother Andy Parypa on guitar and, for a brief time, another Parypa sibling, Jerry, on sax, while their mom occasionally played bass at rehearsals. The Sonics initially specialized in tough R&B material and guitar-based instrumentals in the mold of Link Wray and Duane Eddy. Before long, the Sonics became a fixture on the Tacoma teen club scene, a lively circuit that included the Wailers (not Bob Marley's band) and Paul Revere & the Raiders. The Sonics' early lineup shifted often, but the group's membership became stable in late 1963 with the arrival of three members of the Searchers (not to be confused with the British pop group), a band fronted by future Moby Grape guitarist Jerry Miller. Drummer Bob Bennett, sax player Rob Lind, and keyboard player Gerry Roslie jumped ship from the Searchers to become permanent members of the Sonics, with Larry remaining on lead guitar and Andy shifting to bass. Although the band had been solid before, the new lineup evolved into a powerhouse; Bennett wasn't afraid to hit the drums hard, Larry's guitar work had become sharper and more ferocious with time, and when Roslie was encouraged to sing, they discovered he could wail like a leather-lunged Little Richard, and the Sonics quickly became the most talked about band in the Northwest.

In 1964, Buck Ormsby, who played bass with Northwest heroes the Wailers, was impressed with the Sonics' new lineup and became their manager, as well as signing them to Etiquette Records, a local label he helped run. For their first single, the band took one of their few original tunes and changed it from a number about a proposed dance craze into a cautionary tale about a treacherous female; the results, "The Witch," had a dark, sinister undercurrent and between Parypa's guitar, Bennett's drumming, and Roslie's vocals, it was louder and crazier sounding than anything else a Northwest band had committed to tape. Backed with a manic cover of Little Richard's "Keep A'Knockin'," the single was too much for many local radio stations, but eventually it broke through in enough smaller markets that the record became a major hit in the Northwest; enough so that rather than continue to pay publishing royalties to Little Richard for the B-side, the band recorded another original, "Psycho," that soon turned the 45 into a two-sided hit. In 1965, Ormsby rushed the Sonics into the studio to cut a full-length album, and Here Are the Sonics!!! was a garage rock touchstone, a loud and relentless slice of primitive thunder that caught the band at their hot-wired peak, thanks in part to the simple, elemental production by recording engineer Kearney Barton.

The success of "The Witch" and "Psycho" made the Sonics a major draw in the Northwest, and they were playing some of the biggest and most prestigious venues available to local rock bands of the day (including the Seattle Coliseum), as well as sharing stages with the Beach Boys and the Shangri-La's. In 1966, the Sonics cut a second LP for Etiquette with Barton, Boom, that featured several more local hits, including "Cinderella," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," and "Shot Down." However, it became evident that the Sonics had gone as far as a local band could go in the Northwest, while they enjoyed only scattered airplay in the rest of the United States. The Sonics signed a deal with Jerden Records, another Northwest label that had a distribution deal with ABC-Paramount Records, giving the band a better shot at national success. Unfortunately, Jerden head Jerry Dennon sent the Sonics to Los Angeles to record their third album, 1967's Introducing the Sonics, and while producer and engineer Larry Levine had an impressive résumé (including recording many of Phil Spector's classic singles), he couldn't deliver the hard-edged sound Barton had brought to their earlier work, and Introducing the Sonics sounded anemic compared to their Etiquette recordings, despite strong performances by the group. Later in 1967, the Sonics recorded a cover of Frank Zappa's "Any Way the Wind Blows" for Piccadilly Records, a Jerden offshoot, and while it was promptly reissued by Uni Records, it failed to click. Soon afterward, Bennett and Roslie left the band, and while Lind and the Parypa Brothers soldiered on for a while, it wasn't long before the Sonics were history.

The Sonics' reputation in the Northwest led to a one-off reunion show in Seattle in 1972 (a handful of tunes from the show appeared on an EP from Etiquette, Live Fanz Only), and in 1980, Roslie began working with a garage rock band called the Invaders. They recorded an album dominated by old Sonics tunes and mid-'60s covers; titled Sinderella, it was released under the name the Sonics, though beyond Roslie's vocals, it didn't capture the original band's raw magic. By this time, the Sonics had gained a powerful reputation among fans of vintage garage rock, and later in the decade, many bands on the burgeoning grunge scene, including Nirvana and Mudhoney, would cite the Sonics as an influence, as would such nuevo-garage acts as the Hives and the White Stripes. In 2007, the Sonics were persuaded to do a reunion show in New York City as part of the annual Cavestomp garage rock festival; while Andy Parypa and Bob Bennett opted not to participate, citing an unwillingness to travel, Gerry Roslie, Larry Parypa, and Rob Lind were on hand, with Ricky Lynn Johnson, formerly of the Wailers, sitting in on drums, and Don Wilhelm of the Daily Flash on bass. Since then, the Sonics have been playing occasional club and festival dates in Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as a few dates at home, with Bennett joining the new lineup of the band on-stage for a 2008 show in Seattle. In 2009, Don Wilhelm parted ways with the Sonics, and Freddie Dennis became their new bassist. In 2010, the Sonics went into the studio with producer Jack Endino to record their first new material since the '60s; the EP, entitled 8, also saw Andy Parypa rejoining his brother Larry, Roslie, Lind, and Johnson to record four new songs, with four live tracks rounding out the release. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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This is what The Kingsman should have sounded like based on their epic cover of Louie Louie. Glorious sloppy, loud, bad musicians, poorly recorded. In other words - perfect. God bless The Sonics.
Mind Blowers!!!! under the radar.
First heard this band as part of a Nuggets collection. The song on the record is called Strychnine. Given the date of the recording, its easy to see this band as groundbreaki n g similar to the Music Machine which recorded some really interesting music in the same vein. Kicks a**!
@hotweelgirl has too much free time and not enough brain cells
vbkr68
These guys must've been something live in concert!!
I hear some Eric Burden in their music.
the sonics freakin' rock! any haters just don't know
mad4tunes
By the way, the band was around LONG before the basketball team was.
mad4tunes
Well, after listening to these guys, you can clearly see where Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain are totally derivative now, can't you :) ....
good take on a Huey Smith Classic
Timeless Rawk.
You suck.
Punk sucks.
Why is this song on the Old School Punk station? It's OK, but not punk.
tout
luv the sonics...the y played the first high school dance i went to back in '64
Ouch, good stuff...
I can hear the Black Keys covering "Have Love Will Travel".
Wait...they' r e called the Sonics...and they're from Tacoma...Did the basketball team exist at that time?
Shot Down - two minutes of pure rock and roll bliss!
We listen to The Sonics when we get back from the bar...Late night...
.with a house full of people.. These guys keep your spirit high!
hotwheelgirl
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
This is the best new band I've heard in a while.....wh a t ? . . . . . t h e y ' r e not new?.......t h e y ' r e from when?.....Th e early 60's....No way.......Wo w .
ldilla
I remember Th Sonics and The Wailers. Great Bands. Better than what the music scene is producing today.
one of their songs is in a bmw commercial. i love em!!!
Pure Party music for us sick f**ks. Rock it!
They're so cool!
Heh,the Sonics totally rule
nccolel
Danced to them at Perl's and the Bremerton Rollerland! SKHS!
katherine339
Danced to them, live at the Spanish Castle, and The Target.
The Sonics!..... . . . . . . T h e Sonics!
Have Love Will Travel - worth the price of admission alone.
Strychnine was covered by The Cramps which is an excellent version!
I have NEVER heard such rocking from ANY band. My newest station!
These guys RAAAAWWWWWWK ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
One more thing: Bobbie Sorich thinks she can sing/scream better than the Sonics. Her stupid entry below.
'Strychnine' rocks. Would be a great song to cover for a band fronted by a great singer/screa m e r .
Sonics must have eaten a lot of salmon
they are releasing a new EP soon and playing a show in Tacoma.
ROck and roll...set Sh** on fire.
all hail the mighty sonics!(proo f that washington music has always RULED!)
MORE INFO...GREAT ROCK SONGS.
Proof that music from Washington has always sucked.
mayerlingx
have love will travel ..... fabulous!
indigomood82
oh yaaaa
THIS BAND IS GREAT
kmay63
I like this band too!
I can't believe anyone would dislike the Sonics and insult them. The Coolest rock and roll I've ever heard bar none(except Creedence, but then there's a difference). I'm so glad they finally reformed after all this time.
okay you guys who don't like the sonics can go screw yourselfs they are a quarter stone in the punk rock movement so go listen to your john meloncamp and peter frampton and the who real rockersus don't need your sold out bands like the beatles that are nothing as good as this in there excubernce so yeah nuff said the sonics rock there up there with MC5 and iggy pop and the pychdelic stooges pardon my mispelling im high and drunk rocking out
donnalzz
Play Boss Hoss by the Sonics.
early work very bad, I personally stick to stuff 70s and later.
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