Sonic Angels (from France) * Big Iron * Hossferatu * Filthy 13
Sonic Angels started out in 2005 with the intention of keeping up the tradition of captivating, melodically inspired and wild punk rock garage bands of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Their first demo was immortalized on a split record with Kevin K, offering two tracks with finely chiseled tunes recorded at the Subsonic. The Sonic Angels are pushed forward by this non stop action duo. As soon as they met they set up Lola Product, and after two years spent inside the Spanish rock scene, they created the Subsonic in Montpellier in 2001, a hyperactive place, with an untamed spirit. At the same time, they set up Speed Records studio and record label.
In December 2005, the Sonic Angels recorded their first album “Times Are Changing” in Madrid under the direction of Norah Findlay (Pleasure Fuckers, Sin City Six...) at the Rock Palace studio. In August 2007, Sonic Angels returned to the Subsonic studio for what became their second album “Learn, Love, Care and Celebrate”. This record was recorded in order to bring 12 original Sonic Angels tracks and twelve covers of their favorite bands (Ramones, Stooges, 13th Floord Elevator, Kinks, Dead Moon, Johnny Thunders, T Rex, Syd Barrett, Neil Young, Rose Tattoo, The Undertones ...... ).
2010 will bring them on tour to Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and France in April, to Spain in July, and to Mexico in October. They are at present preparing what will be their third album which will come out in December 2010, with Animal Dragon on drums. With this new line-up, Sonic Angels are closer than ever to the roots of rock'n'roll and punk high energy, mixing stoner, soul and psychedelic influences. A line-up welded together by fierce heat...
On stage with over 300 gigs in under five years in Europe and in Mexico, the Sonic Angels have brought their set to become an extremely powerful and at the same time physical machine which reflects the energy of bands for whom rock'n'roll is a way of life, of thinking and of breathing !!!
Sonic Ruin (usa) 2007 : Cd “Times are Changing”:
Hailing out of France and bringing the noise comes Sonic Angels, and boy did this album take me by surprise in numerous ways. The sound is all 60’s Garage Rock mixed with some Trash, but unlike many of the Garage bands, Sonic Angels manages to sound surprisingly “full”. Almost every one has a depth to them you don’t normally associate with the style. It adds a whole different energy to the songs. Opening tune “My Blues” gets us off in a rush of energy and pretty much explains what the band is all about, though simplistic in nature, the lyrics manage to get the message through easily: the band just wants to rock, don’t expect any “flashy playing”. “To Be O.K.” has a bit of an early Damned feel to it for me, such as when The Damned would mix in the psychedelia with their Punk. Vocals aren’t Vanian, but musically it’s there. The vocals are put through one of those “speaker” effects which works well at times, but hurts a bit. During certain choruses that might be incredible hooks, you lose the actual hook due to the “echo”. That same echo effect though is what adds that depth to everything, so who the hell knows man? Maybe just backing off on it at times could do wonders. There’s a ton of energy going on here, make no mistake about that, both in the playing and the production. Crap man, this is another “grower”. It sounds so much better to me all of a sudden than the first few times I listened to it. Maybe tonight I am just in a real “music mood”. But as of right now, I am starting to really enjoy this disc. The lyrics wander from the ultra-simplistic style of “My Blues” to more thought provoking styles. In all honesty, out of all of the discs I received for review, this is the only disc where I felt I should talk about the lyrics. There is something about them and the way they work with the music that just took me by surprise, in numerous ways. Hell of a unique, and very good disc.