If you’re a fan of American garage band music, there’s no way you’ve never heard of The Sonics. They came out of Tacoma in 1960 and were a big part of that rough and raw underground sound that became so important in the development of punk and power pop a decade or so later. They were loud and raw and tremendously exciting back in the day.
They were a big influence on Iggy Pop and the Stooges along with plenty of the grunge bands that came later. In fact, if you watched Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways, you’ll have seen the nod he gave to The Sonics in the Seattle episode. The last time there was a Sonics album was in 1980 when they released a collection of re-recorded songs from the 60s. Their last album of original material was Introducing the Sonics in 1967, forty-eight years ago. That hiatus is now coming to an end with the impending release of This is the Sonics on March 31. Probably should pay attention, huh?