[Interview] Fans Send Sonic Boom Six To Warped Tour
Sonic Boom Six is a band from the U.K. whose sound crosses multiple genres and channels their voices in the state of world affairs. Their hit “No Man, No Lie” from the album F-Bomb brings to light our rights in defining ourselves. “Worship Yourself” reminds us to take control and get out of a bad situation. Their recent self-produced album, Cardiac Arrest, was released a week before their performance at Warped Tour Atlanta.
Have you been to Atlanta before?
Yes. We came ages ago. We had a gig in Atlanta. It was when I was drinking and I don’t remember much.
What do you like to drink?
Anything. I would have drunk anything. I don’t drink now. Five years I’ve not drank.
Yes, just because I can’t maintain this life and drink. It’s just not possible for me because I just can’t have one. I have to have a lot because I like to have fun and party. But I still party just without booze.
On a natural high.
The adrenaline you get when you’re on stage.
Yeah, I always get this weird thing before we play. I get really tired. I’m yawning and I literally could fall asleep and the minute I play it’s like I'm up and wide awake. It’s funny.
That’s good. You have your stage presence and your energy. Have you played with Warped Tour before?
No, this is our first Warped Tour.
How’s it going?
Good, good. It’s hard work. It’s a lot of hard work, but everyone else is in the same boat. So, you get here at 8 am in the morning. Unload. Set up merch. And we come to catering and there is a really nice breakfast. Catering has been there for about two hours before you have. It’s hard work, but it’s manageable. It’s manageable because if you look around you see that everyone else is working harder than you. You really can’t complain.
Have you done an intense tour like this before?
We have been around for 15 years. So, we’ve done a lot of touring and nothing like this. If you survive Warped Tour you can do anything.
Talk to me about your new album.
Cardiac Address came out last week in the U.K. We did it on Pledge Music which is similar to Kickstarter. It got funded which is great. It’s just eight hardcore punk songs addressing the world in which we live in today. We’ve got a lot to be angry about. We’ve got a lot of tension and unease in the world and we wanted to make an album that reflects that. Deep down we are a political band. A lot of our lyrics are about something that is going on in the world. We don’t sing about love or issues that I can’t [speak] to. We’ve been playing a new song from it [the new album]. It’s been going down really well. The song we’ve been playing is “Learn To Live With It.”
With everything that is going on in the U.S. and our political realm, how does it make you feel being here and performing?
To be honest, I feel like we started it all with Brexit. As soon as we voted out, I think the whole world went mental. I honestly do. It gave everyone justification. It gave people validation for that inner racism, sexism, and homophobia; because it’s been validated because the people have spoken. It’s so much more complicated than that. It goes so much deeper than that. We just have to keep spreading the good word and hope that these people's kids won’t follow suit. It’s very very scary.
Have you performed to such a young crowd like here at Warped Tour before?
Yeah, we have a mixture of crowds. We have the dads and the mums, but then the kids as well. Our sound is so much fun. I think we appeal to a lot of people and then if you want to take away the lyrics, then you can do that. We’re not gonna, we don’t stand on stage and shout what we think or what we think people should think. It’s not us. We’re just daft and jolly, but at the same time, we’re not that daft and jolly because we have a lot to say. It’s like The Clash. Not like I’m saying we’re anything like The Clash, but they mixed it up. They had sort of good poppy rock songs, but then there was a message in them. That’s kind of what we set out to do.