The Sonder Bombs
Release ‘The One About You’ From Forthcoming New Album ‘Clothbound’
New Album Clothbound out Jan 29th on Big Scary Monsters (UK, EU), Take This To Heart Records (US), Dew Process (AU, NZ)
For those wondering where The Sonder Bombs beachside manner has been all this time, the shimmering rays of The One About You will satisfy. For the first time in the band’s catalog, ambience is placed above adrenaline. The ukulele that has propelled so many of their most venomous moments is defanged here for a short, yet sparkling romance that offers a pillowy alternative to the Bombs’ tough love.
The One About You shows The Sonder Bombs softer and delicate side, it shows how they can easily captivate their audience. They know the importance of harmony, intricate layers and emotionally charged lyrics.
Produced in Philadelphia during quarantine with Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Beach Bunny), the band’s forthcoming new album ‘Clothbound’, from which the new single is taken, captures a band burning at both ends. The Sonder Bombs are often at their most direct and dynamic when they get mad, but here they’re getting even before toppling the scale. The album is released on Big Scary Monsters (UK) and Take This to Heart (US) on 29th Jan 2021.
For The Sonder Bombs, self-confidence starts when it crosses paths with self-analysis. Their debut ‘Modern Female Rockstar’, which was released on Take This to Heart Records, defined a new era of socially conscious, unapologetic pop punk. An all-caps attack against a male-dominated scene brandishing a ukulele and dry wit as chosen weapons. The alt-folk quartet began as a duo in 2016, with lead singer Willow Hawks and her writing partner Jimmy Wilkens trading off abrasive and melodic punches against a DIY universe which places gender politics at the bottom of a list of priorities.
Blending together the folksy and the fiery can be cartoonish if not executed properly. On paper, adding a ukulele to a pop-punk band’s arsenal seems like an eyebrow-raising proposition. Luckily for The Sonder Bombs, the uke enhances the band’s self-assured humour and balance, creating a dynamic, nuanced counterpoint to Willow Hawks’ acrobatic vocals and shimmering guitars. Hawks assures her listener base that the ukulele isn’t the product of a cutesy bygone era, it’s a weapon in a battle to be taken seriously in a male-dominated scene.
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