"'The Sonics weren't great musicians,' said Buck Ormsby, the guy who signed them to Etiquette Records, 'but they had this magic thing.' With their 1965 debut album, the Tacoma, WA five-piece managed to distill just about everything that was going on musically at the time - from the 'British Invasion' scene championed by The Kinks to the rock 'n' roll sounds of Little Richard - with a ferocious energy and wildness that predates punk by more than a decade.
"The idea of a 'garage band' was not exactly new before The Sonics. But it was clear from debut single 'The Witch' that The Sonics were going to shake things up. Drummer Bob Bennett remembers the engineers fretting over the recording: 'One guy says, "That doesn't even sound like drums," and the other guy goes, "Well, what am I going to do - look at this guy!"'
"After 'The Witch' became the biggest selling single in the Northwest, the band recorded their album at Audio Cuts in Seattle. The songs were recorded live, and it shows - from the rat-a-tat battering of Bennett's drums to the bloodcurdling screams of frontman Jerry Roslie on standout tracks like the mighty 'Psycho.' Little wonder the group's name was inspired by the local Boeing factory and their own jet-like sound.
"Despite never breaking nationally, The Sonics scored a run of hits in the Northwest, inspired a legion of bands, and left a dirty great mark on rock 'n' roll." -Sophie Harris, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
The Sonics that Wailers bassist Buck Ormsby took into a small studio and unleashed on the world show a live band at the peak of its power, ready to mow down the competition without even blinking twice....Another important chunk of Seattle rock & roll history.
- Vinyl LP
- The Witch
- Do You Love Me
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Boss Hoss
- Dirty Robber
- Have Love Will Travel
- Walkin' the Dog
- Nighttime Is the Right Time
- Good Golly Miss Molly