EP Review: Sonic Boom Six – “Cardiac Address”
Recorded to raise the funds to allow the band to afford their travel costs over to the States to join the Warped Tour for the first time, Cardiac Address is an EP which shows Sonic Boom Six at their punkiest. The intentions are there from the get go as Western Society and When You’re A World Away are frenetic and angry political diatribes with the guitars almost going full-on Discharge/GBH thrash at times.
Following on from last year’s excellent The F Bomb album, the lyrical themes on this effort are predictably gloomy with Real Bad Dream looking at Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, while Building A Wall is similarly despondent. The more ska-based My Philosophy and The Kids We Used To Be meanwhile take a more measured look at the passing of time (scary for those of us of a certain age who used to go and watch them at the pre-Rebellion Wasted Festival to think that SB6 have now been around for nearly two decades now).
The haunting dub closer Positivity is maybe closest to the more traditional SB6 sound, yet oddly it comes off as the weakest track – it’s not a bad song, it just sounds a bit out of place with the company it’s keeping here. But overall, this is another good effort from Sonic Boom Six – you can pledge on it here.
Quite possibly the heaviest Sonic Boom Six release to date, Cardiac Address shows a much angrier and more fast-paced side to their music and is well worth a listen. For music to get angry to, this is definitely up there with the better stuff I've heard of late.