In the mid-’60s, the Tacoma, Washington garage-rock hyenas in the Sonics presented a vision of just how raw and feral rock music could be, and their early tracks are still bracing and fearsome today. More than 50 years later, you will still be hard-pressed to find a song that kicks more ass than “Strychnine” or “The Witch,” and you could easily argue that songs like that laid the foundation for many generations of wooly, primal Pacific Northwestern rock music. The band originally broke up in 1969, but they’ve reunited a few times over the years. And this spring, they’ll release a brand-new album called This Is The Sonics. Original members Jerry Roslie, Larry Parypa, and Rob Lind, along with former Kingsmen bassist Freddie Dennis and ex-Dick Dale/Agent Orange drummer Dusty Watson recorded it in mono, mostly live in studio, with producer Jim Diamond, who’s worked with the White Stripes and the Dirtbombs. First single “Bad Betty” is a brief blues-blast, exactly what you might hope for from these guys. They released a different version of it last year as part of a Record Store Day split 7″ with Mudhoney, but you can hear the album version below.
This Is The Sonics is out 3/31 on the band’s own Revox Records.