SONIC BOOM SIX
CONTACT AND LINKS
Laila K - Vocals and Melodica
Ben C - Guitar and Vocals
Barney Boom - Bass and Vocals
Neil 'Madfish' McMinn - Drums and Samples
Nick 'The Blade' Horne - Trombone and Guitar
From Manchester’s dynamic musical landscape comes the most compelling soundclash to rise from the underground for years. Few bands can so smoothly mix dancefloor-savvy elements of reggae, jungle and ska with the rigorous commentary of hip-hop whilst retaining enough grit and aggression to be an active fixture of the UK’s punk scene. Only Sonic Boom Six are propelled by the melodious rapping of Laila K who (characteristically contrary to the stereotype of a young asian female from Hulme) is one of the most incendiary vocalists to ever bounce around a moshpit of Mohawks. A true product of their environment - the sound of a thousand city-centre clubnights and student party mash-ups invigorate the righteous fury of distorted guitars and dubby grooves – SB6 create a sound as authentic as it is unique. Looking as at home on a festival stage as they are playing at a warehouse party, the band are retaining their grassroots ideation and positive, unifying message as their music steadily permeates a wider international audience.
In addition to Sonic Boom Six, the band perform acoustic reggae sets as Babyboom; a project that specialises in playing fundraisers, houseparties and holding musical workshops… but won’t turn their nose up at busking for a few extra pennies during tours. Laila, Ben and Barney are also members of Suicide Bid, the ongoing dub-punk collective who are beginning work on their third full-length. A continuation of the DIY approach at the heart of band’s ethos, SB6 arrange the Ruff and Ready package tour which provides a collective platform for some of the most intensifying underground bands around and toured to resonant success in 2007 and is set to return in Autumn 2008. Touring in the past year has placed Sonic Boom Six on festival stages at Fusion (D), Rockade (D), Mondiali (IT), City Invasion (UK), Rock Im Dorf (A) and the Lock-Up stage at Reading and Leeds festival as well as support slots at high-profile shows with Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Bad Brains.