Saturday, June 16, 2012
Sonic Angels ***New Interview***
Catapulting out of France, Sonic Angels, are an incredible punk band out of France. They have a great live set and a handful of some awesome releases. They have played show all over Europe and also shared the stage with some incredible bands. I got Marc to tell their story...
Hi! I am Marc, guitar and vocal, Sylvie plays bass guitar and Christophe is on
drums; we are not human, we are from Montpellier, south of France;
How did the band start?
The band starts in 2005, I was already playing with Sylvie in a band called
The What for one year, this band split up after a long and difficult
European tour..then we decide to set up Sonic Angels.
How did you come up with the name?
Well...we wanted to be good, I mean in good waves, just wanted to have fun
doing rock and roll and sharing our points of view traveling around; that what
the angels do right?ha ha!
Who would you say are your influences?
It's hard to tell exactly, we listen to many different bands such as for
example Dead Moon, Syd Barrett, The Ramones, somes Neil Young, The Seeds, 13th
Floor Elevators, The Stooges, Billy Childish...
What is the punk scene like in France?
I dont really like too much the general ambiance in France between bands, the
scene is quite divided; most of the national punk bands are issue from the late
80's alternative wave, singing only in French of course, others are more in
street punk action, they don't really care about music as much as they care for
their numerous crusty dogs, of course there's some interesting bands too but I
think it's hard for them to take place in the national scene and most of them
prefer to tour out of France.
Describe the song writing process...
I bring ideas or entire song whatever, we just don't like to much to practice,
the things take form gigs after gigs, we manage a place called Subsonic in
Montpellier downtown which is the rehearsal room of close to 150 bands from our
city, we let most of them there practicing and prefer to be on the road looking
for new ideas.
Your first album was 'Times Are Changing', tell us about the Album...
We recorded at Rock Palace in Madrid with the precious help of Norah Findlay who managed the place, she was playing with Sin City Six at the time and before with The Pleasure Fuckers, check out these bands if you don't already know them; we really enjoy every time to be in Spain, we just did 3 recording days and 5 party days with our friends, I've been living a couple of years in Madrid in the 90's with Sylvie and it was an opportunity to see everybody again...
How do you feel 'Learn, Love, Care and Celebrate' differed?
We did that one at the Subsonic which is also an analog recording venue; it's
cool to be at home too! The idea was to do 12 songs of our favorite bands and 12 new songs with 12 of our friends on drums...that's what we did in 12 days in
What else have you released?
We did a split ep with Kevin K in 2005, then a Lp recorded live in the street in front of our place for the music day, The Masons from Austin were there too, such an unforgetable night, on July 2010 we did another Lp called Don't mess with the Angels recorded with an 8 track 1 inch analog tube recorder at the Subsonic in very few days, and last November we recorded again at the Subsonic and at Tigrus, (Gandia/Spain) which is supposed to be our next Lp - Hardbreak - it is already on band-camp.com.
Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Sonny Vincent, The Saints, The Masons, Lurkers, Lovers!, Beast of Bourbon,...
Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
Anyway, we love to play large venues, festivals or small clubs... We can do a
show above your living room table if needed . Hahaha ! But for after show
parties and having fun with people, small clubs are better for sure!
Have you toured?
Yes, we did many gigs all over Europe, mostly in Spain and Germany but Serbia,
Poland and Scandinavia as well, we also had 27 gigs in Mexico two years ago!
We really love touring, meeting cool people and visiting new countries.Today we
start in Chicago our first U.S. Tour and it's really exciting, it's a pity that
we didn't find any gig in Phoenix, ...we will take a drink and walk around
there on march 19th... If somebody has any idea for a party, let us know...
Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Not really; as long as they rock of course!
Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Not really. Maybe on Venus.
What do you see is the future of Sonic Angels?
Just keep going.
How can people contact the band?
you can also check our pages on www.sonicangels.bandcamp.com