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'Lesbian dwarf enters Hollywood Air-wank of Fame Contest.'And... 



'Lesbian dwarf enters Hollywood Air-wank of Fame Contest.'

And that’s the winning entry, voted by you the fans, in our caption contest. It was concocted by notorious internet and reality TV ne’er-do-well Jhon Cosgrove of Mike TV fame… Jhon gets a retweet and a disapproving look.

Being right-on types we neither condone its political incorrectness, nor its ribald humour, but we have to admit we LOLd.

Setlist from acoustic party show last night. The setlist was... 



Setlist from acoustic party show last night. The setlist was picked by Drew on behalf of Sally, the birthday girl, featuring her favourite Boom songs and cover versions!

Play On
September To May
Three Minute Hero (The Selecter cover)
Meanwhile, Back in the Real World
While You Were Sleeping
Rum Little Skallywag / Shanty Town (Desmond Dekker cover)
Nine to Five (Dolly Parton)
Train Leave Tomorrow
Northern Skies / Through The Eyes Of A Child
Perfect (Fairground Attraction cover)
Keep On Believing
Virus / Weak (Skunk Anansie cover)
Floating Away
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All In / I’m Still In Love With You / Uptown Top Ranking (Sean Paul / Althea and Donna medley)
Happy Birthday ( Altered Images cover)

So much fun! You can book your own party a Boom acoustic show on our PledgeMusic page at http://www.pledgemusic.com/sonicboomsix

Today is International Women’s Day. We’d like to share this awesome - and timely -... 

Today is International Women’s Day. We’d like to share this awesome - and timely - message we got from Lois from the band Fallow Fields about having her preconceptions about her place in music changed after watching an SB6 gig in 2006. As we’ve seen recently, it’s very easy - and seductive - for men who feel they’ve done nothing wrong to assume a defensive position dismiss the everyday obstacles and subversive narrative that stands in the way of females in this industry.

Small example. Every time a band is described as ‘female-fronted’ on a bill, it subtly points out that any digression from a band full of men is ‘other’. The Catch 22 of this is that it creates a gender-bias in the bedrock of rock, indie and punk music that is self-perpetuating. We’re not saying that in any one case, a journalist or promoter is ‘wrong’ to use the term. We’re saying it’s very telling about how music is served to us. One only needs to look at the bill of a mainstream rock festival to see how prevalent this culture is.

It is what it is.

We know this isn’t the end of the world. But sexism - as you can see in all the work being done for International Women’s Day - isn’t a first world problem. It’s a global problem. Back here in contemporary UK, there’s enough room in music for everyone. We’re not trying to offend anyone, but we are trying to bring this discussion out in the open and encouraging people to put themselves in other people’s shoes before they defend their own right to like whatever bands they want.

It’s really not about that. If you read this message from Lois, you’ll see that the male domination of rock culture exists as a pervasive norm, rather than an explicitly stated set of rules. But it’s there all the same.

Please read the message that she sent us. If we can challenge this status quo from time to time - perhaps just by asking the question WHY? is it like this? - even if it gets some people a bit angry, then it’s all worthwhile.

Getting messages like this makes it all worthwhile.

‪#‎IWD2015‬

https://www.facebook.com/sonicboomsix/posts/10152804983167809

After sharing the clearly controversial image of Reading and... 



After sharing the clearly controversial image of Reading and Leeds festival without the males last week, we were inundated with the expected sexist and defensive rebukes from angry young men and straw man arguments against statements we never made. And we did get some great debate in there. So much, so internet.

The worst were those accusing us of sour grapes against the festival for not playing it this year, people saying we were jumping on the bandwagon of feminism and even saying we were being hypocritical for having played the festival in the past (I know, that makes NO sense at all!).

However, it seems a little piece of history has been brought up that I can’t help but share. Check out the remarks that Laila made ONSTAGE AT READING FESTIVAL - a festival we love and have played many times - two years ago…

"But something was missing from Reading this year. It took Laila Khan from Manchester’s excellent ska-punk band Sonic Boom Six to point out that not a single band performing on the main stage over the weekend had a single female member in it."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-festivals/10264934/Reading-Festival-Day-Two-review.html

And there it is in black and white. This isn’t about shaming a festival, this is about empowering and inspiring people who don’t have the same access to a playing field of popular culture that others do. Disagree if you want… but we ain’t new to this. Let’s get that playing field levelled. Let’s keep pushing in spite of the obstacles. Let’s continue to knock down the barriers. Let’s continue to create, share and encourage everyone to do what they want to do. Cheers.

A stark reminder that Rock N Roll - with all its rich potential... 



A stark reminder that Rock N Roll - with all its rich potential for social change - still has ways to go to even begin to reflect the diversity of our culture and represent females in a way that’s righteous. It’s not just Reading and Leeds Festivals, as we’ve seen numerous times over the last few years, anyone without white skin, a guitar and a penis that disrupts the white noise masquerading as ‘music culture’ that is printed and beamed into our living rooms is swiftly told to sit down and shut up.

I know, it’s only Rock N Roll, but this stuff MATTERS. Let’s keep encouraging females to do what they want to do. Let’s keep checking misogyny. Let’s keep challenging the fucking bullshit sexism that is still rife in 2015 and maybe in 2030 this image might be very different.

(That being said, I’m sure Jamie T's band includes females).

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