The Sonder Bombs Release ‘K.’ From Upcoming 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)
The Sonder Bombs’ upcoming album Clothbound weaves a narrative of loss, letting go, and losing patience with losers – and ‘K.’ certainly falls into the latter. Streaming everywhere now and featured below, the song makes masterful use of the band’s acerbic wit with instrumentals that match the inner turmoil, firing off all cylinders while winking to hardcore and metal.
‘K.’ is the latest to be released from Clothbound, the Cleveland band’s highly-anticipated new album, following ‘Crying Is Cool’ and ‘The One About You’.
Produced in Philadelphia during quarantine with Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Beach Bunny), Clothbound captures a band burning at both ends – and it’s working.
The Sonder Bombs start “K.” with this distinct guitar tone and ramped riffs that then force the intensity to the core of this track. The harmonious vocal delivery sweeps into the creation and delivers this bright clash over the fierce instrumentation.
Ardent stop-starts break that immersive wall that has been crafted before and brings in the painful silence that breaks up the lyrics and gives the atmosphere an unpredictable break, but that doesn’t last long and the power compels the audience once re-introduced. Sonder Bombs dazzle in “K.“, dynamically pushing their craftsmanship and enticing their audience to consume their far-reaching notes, momentous soundscape, and volatile atmosphere.
For The Sonder Bombs, self-confidence starts when it crosses paths with self-analysis. Their debut defined a new era of socially conscious, unapologetic pop punk. The alt-folk quartet began as a duo in 2016, with 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.
Now, the Cleveland quartet have doubled down on their second record. 2018’s debut. MODERN FEMALE ROCKSTAR was their first bet: an all-caps attack against a male-dominated scene brandishing a ukulele and dry wit as chosen weapons. A year and some change passed, where their relentless touring ethic and tough love caused a homegrown fan base to explode worldwide. Clothbound, like the title suggests, weaves a different narrative—one of loss, letting go, and losing patience with losers. If the first record introduced unapologetic sensitivity, Clothbound searches for the root causes of other key elements.
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 frontwoman 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.