Bit more ska for the new album. ‘No Man No Right’. A bloody nose to the patriarchy! #operationboombox
TUESDAY TUNAGE. Every Tuesday I’ll be posting a Soundcloud track from an emerging artist we like. Today we’ve got Pretty Simple, a pop ska gem I came across a few weeks back by Issimo Music. Their upbeat exuberance might on first glance be a bit sugary for some of you punkers, but just look at the weather guys! Bang this on and have a boogie. Please listen, like and SHARE! Comment or Soundcloud message me your tracks for consideration. #tuesdaytunage
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MONDAY’S MUSIC ‘Godnose’ by Braintax (Low Life Records) featuring Task Force. Back at the turn of the century, before grime took UK rap in a different direction, underground UK hip-hop was in rude health, with artists like Skinnyman, Jehst and Braintax blazing a trail. This album, and this song in particular, was a favourite of mine and Ben’s and was a huge influence on the track that became ‘Ya Basta!’ off Arcade Perfect. If you like those vibes, give this a play and turn the bass up for this cracking, reggae-inspired jam.#mondaysmusic
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People of the world! Between 5pm and 6pm tonight Barney is on TeamRockRadio on Matt Stocks's Soundtrack Apocalypse show, discussing his five tunes that he would take to a desert island at the end of the world! Click through the link to listen live. #soundtrackapocalypse
In 2011, we put out New Style Rocka b/w What Doesn’t Kill You Make You Stronger. Unexpectedly, the B-side proved more popular than the A-Side so we, with the help of Kode Media, threw together an ad hoc vid in an hour in a London subway that put a few rocker noses out of joint when it was shared on the Sonisphere Festival Facebook Page! This was the first track we wrote after Ben left, check it out. #boomhistory
New Boom vibes! Our Motown-inspired feminist jam ‘Worship Yourself’ getting pre-produced now. #operationboombox
The likes of Pledge Music and Kickstarter have been propelling the music industry through new waters for some years now. Artists have been trying to cut out the middle man and perfect the art of DIY music for what seems like an age, offering up incentives and prizes if their loyal fan base will part with some of their hard earned cash, placing it directly in to the hands of the artists rather than the whole stream of people that each take their slice of the metaphorical pie, often leaving artists with just the crumbs. These days, more and more bands and artists are trying out their own ‘fan funded’ projects, and quite a few of them have had some incredible results.
An electro ska band is next up to try their luck and, so far, Sonic Boom Six appear to be doing pretty well for themselves. In order to raise funds for their fifth album ‘Operation Boombox’, the London based band are offering up a whole range of colourful and wonderful incentives to their fans in exchange for cash, love and support. These tantalising treats range from a fiver to over two grand, so depending on your budget and love of all things electro, there’s something for everybody! Fancy a t-shirt? A vinyl? A download? What about a house show or your name in the album credits? If all of that is a little too mainstream for you then you could always hand over a grand and get your name tattooed on lead singer, Laila K. The choice is yours!
With over 200 days left of this pledge, Sonic Boom Six have already reached 61% of their goal with no signs of slowing down. Fans have gobbled up much of what the electro band has offered, including a launch track ‘The Boom Needs You’, apparently so popular with fans that the band has added it to the list of incentives free of charge ( just a little social media love in return). SB6 are also promising to donate 5% of money raised after the goal has been reached to a Teenage Cancer Trust, which does seem a pretty low percentage especially after a goal has been reached but is still quite an honourable gesture.
The band promises that their new album will be full of bouncy reggae beats, a bit of a switch from their electro ska roots but something to get the body moving none the less. Whatever happens and wherever they go next, it’s obvious that Sonic Boom Six have done an excellent job in building themselves a fan base that will back them all the way.
iLivExtreme caught up with Sonic Boom Six at NASS Festival 2014, to find out about the new album and their decade in the industry.
Hey guys! We’re in the studio today. Gonna have some footage up but, for today, here’s a great, in depth, ILivExtreme interview with Laila (and Barney) discussing feminism, Laila’s approach to criticism and our philosophies on happiness! #sonicboomsix
Here’s to a week for the unconventional before and after photos, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. For most of my life, I’ve been heavier, and consequently shamed and belittled for my weight. When I started college, however, I weighed 103 pounds, was eating 400-600 calories a day, doing about 90 minutes of cardio daily, and most importantly, I was anorexic. I was 15 pounds underweight, but no one thought to say anything because they were too busy applauding me for my unnatural weight loss. This is me calling them out. This is my telling them they were wrong. This is me thanking my real life and tumblr friends for everything they have done to get me to the wonderful place I am today. So fuck you traditional pictures of “healthy”, I may be fat, but I beat my eating disorder.
This is an amazing challenge towards our expectations and acceptance of the concept of ‘before and after’ weight photographs on-line. Bravo for your confidence and vision!
The best thing about being in a band is making new friends. Here’s to future good times with THE HELL who rocked NASS Festival with us yesterday!#sonicboomsix #nasshype — with Laila Lazer K andBarney Boom.
Thank you, Leicester. Top, sweaty gig. Thanks to Bitsy Cupcakery for keeping us well fuelled. NASS Festival today, we’re coming at ya!