The Sonics Details
with The Evaporators, The Flintettes
Beginning in 1963, The Sonics created an uncompromising, overdriven brand of rock ‘n’ roll whose musical and emotional intensity had no precedent at the time, and has yet to be bested in the years since. Driven by Gerry Roslie’s fearsome, bloodcurdling howl, Larry Parypa’s pummeling, distortion-heavy guitar work and Rob Lind’s greasy, squalling sax, the Tacoma, Washington-bred combo delivered a brutal, propulsive sound and a swaggering, primal attitude to match. By taking rock ‘n’ roll to the edge, the Sonics helped to lay the groundwork for punk, garage and heavy metal, decades before those genres existed.
The Sonics became regional stars throughout the Pacific Northwest, where their over-the-top performances made them a consistently in-demand live act. But their assaultive approach proved a bit too extreme for national mainstream exposure at the time. The original Sonics splintered in 1967, but the band’s influence and mystique continued to grow steadily in the ensuing decades, as their vintage work was rediscovered by succeeding generations of fans and musicians.