The Sonics

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The Sonics


I start by confessing that I am touch nervous to speak to one of my favourite bands, to which Lind reassures, “Hey, I’m so lucky to be speaking to you! We’re digging how many young people are into our music and are really looking forward to coming to Australia.”

Pleasantries aside, I ask what it’s like to discover a whole new legion of appreciative fans. “It’s so rewarding because all these 18-30 year olds are finding our music and getting into The Sonics – we play many shows in the Europe as the scene there is so big. Our original fans are in diminishing numbers so we’re really lucky to have this new generation get into The Sonics, which has allowed us to start touring again. We’ve never played Australia simply because we were never asked. We’re really lucky to come here because the Hoodoo Gurus invited us – I love their song Kamikaze Pilot.” Lind enthuses.

There have been many covers of Sonics tunes, including the Cramps. I ask whether he enjoys hearing different interpretations. “It’s a great honour that someone wants to pay tribute to you. The Hives have covered our songs, a band comprising of members of Mudhoney and REM did a whole LP of covers. So it’s a great feeling that people respect your work,” he replies.

I can’t help but ask about the genesis of legendary ball-tearing Strychnine. What was going on with lead singer Gerry Roslie to scream, “Some folks like water/some folks like wine/I like the taste of/straight strychnine”?

“You know, he just brought that into the studio and sang off a sheet of paper, we had no idea what it was about beforehand. It comes from the demented mind of Gerry Roslie; he also had a song called You’ve Got Your Head On Backwards – where did he get that from? Strychnine is our most famous song but when we recorded it, we promptly forgot about it and rarely played it live!” he laughs.

I ask what it was like playing in the wild ’60s and whether he had any memorable moments. “We went from teenage clubs in Tacoma, Washington to supporting Californian bands like The Mamas & the Papas, The Beach Boys and got to tour with our favourite British band, the Kinks. We were so young, and had so many adventures, and so many girls – that’s why we started a band, to meet girls – whom we did, lots!” he laughs.

When The Sonics hit Melbourne, many ’60s fans will go to heaven. “It’s like this interview, playing the show makes us want to make the best impression – we want to blow the place up and just want to go in there and rock‘n’roll. We’re going to come down there with all guns blazing like we always do!”