The Sonics / Press

“The Sonics, Flamin’ Groovies @ Warsaw: November 15, 2013 This ain’t your grandaddy’s garage rock. Oh wait, yes it is!”

"The band’s fierce attitude and songwriting has left many to call them the first punk band. Incredibly, the band has never played San Francisco until now! They will play the Rickshaw Stop on Saturday, November 2nd and Oakland’s New Parish on Friday, November 1st."

“Hold tight because the wild ones of Pacific Northwest garage rock, the Sonics have just channeled their raw spirit into thirteen new tracks. Not even twenty-four hours out of the studio, saxophonist and vocalist Rob Lind alerted that the material is on its way to Detroit in the hands of the mighty Jim Diamond. The Vancouver date will debut these. “It will be the first time that we play them in public,” says Lind. It will also be the first live performance in Vancouver since the mid sixties.”

““If you ain’t sweatin’, you ain’t workin’.” Jerry Roslie”

"I did a double take when offered an interview with The Sonics. The original Sonics? Not some young English band that had unwittingly taken the name? The group had disbanded in 1967, but has regrouped and will be at the Rickshaw Sept. 20. I arrived in Vancouver as a kid too late to have seen it. However, as a member of the punk-influenced Potatoes, in the '80s, I took part in a mean recording of The Sonics' The Witch."

"IF MOST GARAGE rockers from the ‘60s sound pretty much identical, you’d never mistake the Sonics for anyone except the Sonics."

"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."

"The Sonics' encore included "Strychnine," "The Witch," and Neil Young's "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World"—afterward, Mudhoney joined them on stage and everyone left feeling like they'd seen something totally historic."

"The Sonics rip into their opener, "Cinderella," at about 9:30 and original members Gerry Roslie (vox/keys), Rob Lind (sax/harp/vox) and Larry Parypa (guitar/backing vox) are grinning ear to ear at the wild crowd reaction."

"Boom bap, nobody saw it coming, they just came out and owned the stage. I’ll put those guys against any band formed post-2000, and I’m not just saying that in a nostalgic braggadocios way, either. Jesus Christ those dudes can rock, and their songs, songs such as Psycho and Strychnine sound better now than they did when they were recorded back in the day. It was just incredible."

“Here Are (Two Of) The Sonics! "Any punk, garage, “grunge,” or heavy soul band that has come out of the Northwest since 1964 is all thanks to Tacoma’s one and only Sonics (at least in our book). The five-piece put their own spin on rhythm and blues in the mid 1960s, and though the music may not have been earth-shattering to people at the time, the primal noises the band were making paved the way for thousands of others in Northwest — and around the globe."”

“We always wanted to come down and over the last 5 years have spent a lot of time, probably a lot more time in Europe, than we have in the States. We’ve toured all over Europe and we try to meet the crowds afterwards and sign autographs and do things like that and we invariably meet Australians who say, ‘When are you guys coming to Australia? They really like you down there’ [Laughs]. We just haven’t had the opportunity, we really wanted to, so now that the opportunity has presented itself we’re just jumping all over it, we can’t wait to come down and play.”

“Back in 1964 there was one hell of a racket coming out of the basement under drummer Bob Bennett's parents' house in Tacoma, Washington. A young chap by the name of Gerry Roslie was yelping and howling, the Parypa brothers, Andy (bass) and Larry (guitar), were going at it, fresh-faced saxophone player Rob Lind was playing squalls of thunderous notes, and Bobby hammered out a fearsome and raw rock 'n' roll rhythm.”

“THE SONICS ANNOUNCE ONLY AUS HEADLINE SHOW: Garage-rock pioneers The Sonics, special guest invitees of the Hoodoo Gurus on their national Dig It Up! tour, will perform a one-off headline show this April at Oakleigh’s Caravan Music Club in Melbourne. With seven records under their belt that span across nearly four decades, this rare, intimate and exclusive headline show will provide Melbourne fans with a chance to share the band’s extraordinary live garage-rock energy. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 14 March. Details of The Sonic’s headline show: Friday 27 April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC”

“Quando i Sonics hanno suonato Strychnine al Festival Beat di Salsomaggiore un loro fan sulla sedia a rotelle si è ribaltato. Mentre gli amici lo aiutavano a rialzarsi, lui ha continuato a ridere e cantare: Some folks like water, some folks like wine, but I like the taste of straight strychnine... Tutto questo perché i Sonics suonano, definizione loro, «straight rock n' roll», ossia quel rock n' roll senza fronzoli che smuove chiunque: musica selvaggia fatta per divertirsi e ballare, punto.”

“When I heard that The Sonics, already in the New York City area this weekend to play Norton Records’ 25th anniversary festival at Bell House, added an afternoon show at Maxwell’s, I decided to buy a ticket. After all, I’d missed their previous East Coast appearance at the Cavestomp festival in Brooklyn several years earlier and since they’re not playing here in Philadelphia, this seemed like a no-brainer.”

"We shouldn't do music that isn't us or try to sing real pretty because nothing we do ever comes out that way, even when we try," he (Roslie) said. "And if you forget the words? Start screaming."

“Punk rockers the Sonics are still booming Putting a regional garage band from the mid- 1960s on top of the same bill as the Detroit Cobras, the Adolescents, the Vandals and other punk combos at the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival, opening today at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, wouldn't make much sense - that is, if it were anyone less than the mighty Sonics. The band, whose classic lineup formed in Tacoma, Wash., in 1964, pioneered what came to be known as punk rock by playing louder, faster and harder than any of its contemporaries. Crazed lead singer Jerry Roslie sounded perpetually on the verge of blowing out his vocal chords, while guitarist Larry Parypa provided driving, hard-edged guitar and Rob Lind added snarling sax riffs over the booming rhythm section of bassist Andy Parypa (Larry's brother) and drummer Bob Bennett. See link for complete article.”

“By now, it’s a given that the Sonics like to take their own, sweet time. But some of the best news this week is that Tacoma’s garage-rock heroes won’t make local fans wait another 31/2 decades to see them live. The Sonics will play Olympia’s Capitol Theater on New Year’s Eve, manager Buck Ormsby announced. more..... http://www.theolympian.com/2010/11/19/1445177/wait-is-almost-over-to-see-the.html#storylink=mirelated”