"By taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid, Sonic Boom Six demand attention." Kerrang!
SONIC BOOM SIX are an explosive and outspoken five-piece rock band from Manchester, UK described by Kerrang! as "taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid". With a live show known for "clashing activism and good times", SB6 play firmly for the dance-floor while retaining enough power and aggression to be an active fixture of the UK's rock scene. The Boom’s influences include The Specials, The Streets, and Public Enemy and the band signed with Xtra Mile Recordings in early 2012, who will release their self-titled titled album ‘Sonic Boom Six’ on October 17th 2012.
Having toured the UK, Europe, the US and Japan constantly for the last six years (while also managing to release three albums on their own label Rebel Alliance Recordings) the band took time out in 2011 to write the ‘Sonic Boom Six’ album and record it with Peter Miles (The King Blues, Futures, We Are The Ocean). The release of the infectious first single ‘For The Kids of The Multiculture’ gained SB6 a new audience and industry champions, being playlisted on national and regional radio and TV, gaining ‘Single Of The Week’ on Kerrang! Radio and being chosen as ‘Record of The Day’ on industry tastemaker site recordoftheday.com. 2011 summer headline slots at Sonisphere and Hevy cemented their standing as one of the UK’s great live acts.
After storming shows at HMV’s Next Big Thing and Brighton’s Great Escape festivals, SB6 spent early 2012 talking to several record labels to find the right partnership for the album’s release. SONIC BOOM SIX are proud to announce the release of the superb, perception-challenging, self-titled new album, ‘Sonic Boom Six’, on their brand new label, Xtra Mile Recordings, on October 15th. The band can also announce a month-long November headline tour, starting on November the 2nd in Nottingham and ending on November 24th in Newport, followed by a headline tour of Europe. The next single from the album will be 'Virus', released September 17th.
"Sharp of mind and socially-conscious, there's nothing about Sonic Boom Six that doesn't come from the heart. Their shiny punk reggae hip-hop sound addresses real issues with a more productive vibe than these riot-strewn streets have seen recently, and tonight, they're on fire."
Steve Beebee - Kerrang! Live Review Jan 2011.
"They’re one of the most truly stimulating live bands ever to whip an apathetic crowd into devotion, and their grassroots army of support stands testament to that. What’s more, their billing is a victory and inspiration for everyone who writes songs with their mates and dreams of something better"
Ben Patashnik - NME, Going Underground
"It's taken a while but Sonic Boom Six are rocketing out of the underground - a hefty shot of ska-punk, hip-hop, reggae and even jungle in the mix, not to mention big, sinuous rock dynamics and hooks."
Tick, Tick, Boom! - Kerrang! article
"It might have taken until their third album for SB6 to break the UK underground's glass-ceiling, but their massive grassroots following practically guarantees success for City of Thieves. The fact it's a fantastic stew of punk, ska and hip-hop helps too; finally, their time has come."
The Panel - Music Week
"Grand statement time: Sonic Boom Six are, simply, the most exciting live punk band in the country. They cater for chin-stroking social commentators, wide-eyed rave kids and big-shorted punkers all in the space of a single gig and will - yup, will - own 2009"
Scene 2009: Punk&Metal – NME
"This isn't good, it's way beyond that and deep into the realms of something special. A hundred word analysis cannot do this album justice, so let's just say it's one fucking excellent album and get on with our lives? Agreed? Agreed."
City of Thieves Review - Rock Sound
"Sonic Boom Six have always been one of the most diverse and inventive bands to get lumped into the British punk scene. It's smart, joyous music that has plenty to say and does so eloquently."
City of Thieves Review - Big Cheese!