Single Review: Sonic Boom Six – Virus

Photo: Marianne Harris

I originally came across Sonic Boom Six many moons ago. They were promoting ‘Piggy In The Middle’ and were as insane as ever, but it worked. They peddled a reggae, pop and punk sound which was strangely cohesive and have always been on the fringes of massive mainstream success. As a fan for a while, I can qualify that they have been at this non-stop for a long time – touring, releasing and promoting their respectably sizable discography. But we all grow tired of doing the same thing and it looks like Sonic Boom Six wanted a change. Say hello to the birth of a brand new sound.

‘Virus’ is the second release from their upcoming self-titled record and, as well as their scaled-down punk roots, we’re treated to a blistering barrage of electronics that bring a nice industrial touch to the track. The guitars are given a run for their money, but they’re just as intense, demanding your attention on the verses and adding an extra kick to the huge chorus.

Female vocalist Laila Khan sounds like a robotic temptress, fitting in perfectly with the theme of the track – you can almost imagine her announcing an impending apocalypse over the airwaves. Meanwhile, Barney Boom provides the most apparent link to their past – nothing has altered on that front, nor does it need to. With his impassioned raps and intrinsically British delivery, he is quick to remind you that you’re listening to Sonic Boom Six; something that, thanks to their flurry of genres, is often quite necessary.

It’s easy to get disheartened when a band has a change of sound or takes a new approach to their releases and some may find it a little hard to swallow, but the essential Sonic Boom Six sound is still there – ‘Virus’ is fun, rebellious and relevant, it’s current and exciting and in true SB6 fashion, it is unexpected. If you class yourself as a fan of any genre in particular, then there must be something that these guys can offer you and if there isn’t, you’re just too picky, aren’t you?

Photo: Marianne Harris
Words: Simon McMurdo


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