While many other northwest acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Ventures, The Wailers certainly left their mark on the world of rock & roll, any list about who are the most influential northwest music acts that doesn’t put The Sonics from Tacoma at or near the top is inaccurate. The band was light years ahead of their time, both in terms of the subject matter in their songs (although Rob Lind told us in an interview last year that “The Witch” isn’t really about real witches) and the heavier sounding style of music they were playing. Regardless of what the songs were really about, imagine songs that sound like they’re about witches and psychos in the early 60s.
10 years in the making, the 84 minute documentary finally get it’s much anticipated world premiere Raindance Film Festival in London on September 30th.
From the Raindance Film Festival site:
BOOM tells the story of the most important band you’ve never heard of: The Sonics. After exploding into the music scene in the 1960s, they threatened to fade away, but their impact is still felt through the industry. A captivating and inspiring documentary, BOOM tells the authentic story of the grandfathers of punk.
50 years since The Sonics exploded into the rock music scene, their shockwaves are still being felt. They are the most important band you’ve never heard of, with legends from The White Stripes to Bruce Springsteen to Nirvana citing them as a major inspiration. In this documentary, Jordan Albertson tracks the band from their rising Northwest small-town success in the 1960s, blasting out pieces like The Witch and Louie, Louie, to the groups eventual slow dissolve, and their later underground reemergence in the UK. Interviews with the five original members provide an authentic and detailed account of their history, while also allowing the film to function as an inspirational story of delayed recognition, as they realize their music did not fade away. Filled with great anecdotes and wonderful personality, BOOM is a fascinating exploration into how legends are made and history is shaped, even if avoiding mainstream awareness. Featuring interviews with Heart, Pearl Jam, The Sex Pistols, Mudhoney, and many more, it becomes clear how The Sonics were the grandfathers of punk, the originators of garage and grunge, pioneering that heavy, ecstatic, shredding, wild energy that instills rock music with life.