Everybody likes something that they consider to be criminally underrated, be it a film, book or sexual fetish. In my case it isn’t the shunning of all over rubber body suits with zip up mouths that has got my goat but the fortunes of a band by the name of Sonic Boom Six.
But now you mention it…
Cast your mind back to 2006, a year when the world was gripped with panic and then largely unaffected by Avian Flu, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death and, due to being too slow to get tickets for Reading, I was attending Leeds festival. It was on the Saturday (at least I think it was Saturday) morning that I stumbled bleary eyed into one of the side stages and, collapsing into a ruined and incredibly hungover heap, saw that I was just in time to catch the next band. What happened next blew my already fragile mind out of the back of my skull as one of the best bands I have ever seen or heard to this day began laying down riffs, spitting licks and other things that sound vaguely cool. The highlight of the set was undoubtedly a version of Toots and the Maytals “Funky Kingston” which had me hooked from the opener “mike check one two”. I was sure this band was going to become huge as I watched with bloodshot eyes and disbelief at how much I enjoyed every song.
But, five years and several SB6 gigs dancing like a loon later and it pains me to see this beloved group of mine at the wrong end of the bill and playing venues that are, frankly, beneath them. So please, if you do one good deed today check them out at www.sonicboomsix.co.uk and spread the word of their easy beats and hook laden tunes.
Sonic Boom Six may you be criminally underrated no more.