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INTERVIEW: Sonder

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi VENTS! How you doing? We’re great thanks! Happy to be here!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A Wicked Place”?

Sure!

A Wicked Place is our latest single from our upcoming E.P. It’s released on Nov 23rd on all the usual digital platforms.

The song typifies what Sonder is all about as it blends our love of big guitars and huge choruses!

A Wicked Place is a song about dealing with mental health issues, specifically anxiety and depression. It talks about how you can always be afraid of those moments occurring at any given point, no matter how hard you try to forget about them and that you learn to live with this dark cloud hanging over you in almost everything you do.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s heavily influenced by singer/guitarist Kraig’s own battles with anxiety and depression through day to day life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There will be a video for the track that will hopefully be available on Nov 23rd. Hopefully…

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for A Wicked Place was the same as most of our songs. Kraig writes the rhythm guitar and basic lyric structure and then we smash the hell out of it in a practice space until it becomes a Sonder song. The great thing about our band is that because of the various influences we all have on the music, that when we work on a track, certain things that one of us may not necessarily think of come to light, and this allows us to really take songs in directions that we may not consider if just one of us wrote everything.

The track was recorded at Lower Lane Studio in Stoke by the wonderfully talented Sam Bloor. We had an absolutely amazing time with Sam. We recorded two tracks (both appear on our new E.P) and we were able to really take the time to craft the songs and get the exact sound we wanted with him. We had an amazing time recording this track!

What role does Tamworth play in your music?

Depressingly, Tamworth’s music scene is pretty much non-existent. There was a time when there were a whole host of up and coming bands and venues willing to showcase them, but it all became a bit insular and eventually ate itself. We actually consider ourselves more of a Birmingham band now as that’s where we play a lot of our shows due to there being a much richer scene there.

In our music though, Tamworth has played a part in fuelling a lot of the anger that features in our music. My (Kraig) personal experiences growing up in this town have made me who I am, and therefore made me the song writer that I am. There are tracks on the new E.P that hark back to times when I was growing up within such a small town and dealing with that small town mentality. The first single off our E.P, ‘Karma…’, has the line “Because your soul is lost to this f**king town” and that whole track is about how small town life can try and suck you in to believing the smallest issues can be huge when everything is looked at under the microscope of town life.

How Nirvana has influence your writing?

Nirvana was the reason I (Kraig) picked up a guitar. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without that band, let alone a musician.

On the band, Nirvana has been everything to us. We’re all massive fans of all their records. Nirvana were never about polish. They were never about everything being perfect and pristine. They were raw and rough and loud! They allowed you moments of delicacy and beauty within the walls of feedback and noise. They were just a beautiful band and a sound that is dearly missed within the music industry.

We took the elements that Nirvana loved, which was that quiet/loud dynamic and tried to make it our own by adding poppier hooks on our choruses.

But without Nirvana, there would be no Sonder that’s for sure!

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely!

We have a new E.P out in January 2019. It’s a four track E.P that features the two songs we recorded with Sam at Lower lane Studios, but also features two tracks we recorded earlier in the year with local legend Dan Willett of Univibe Studios. The first track off this E.P ‘Karma…’ (Which was recorded with Dan) was released in August.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The E.P is out (I think…) on January 18th and is self-titled. There is a limited edition box set version available from our Bandcamp page (only 20!) and is available to pre-order now!

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re playing our final show of 2018 on Nov 24th when we support the amazing Pagan & Phoxjaw at Actress & Bishop in Birmingham and then in 2019, we’re already lining up a few tours.

Hopefully we can play 2000 Trees also as that’s the dream, so if the bookers for 2000 Trees are reading this then give us a call!

What else is happening next in Sonder’s world?

More of the same!

2018 was an amazing year for us! We got to play shows with bands we love like Fangclub, Fizzy Blood & Sick Joy to name just a few! We want to keep playing shows with bands that we love, hopefully making more and more fans along the way and keep showing people that there are still really great bands out there away from the mainstream and to keep believing in the UK music scene!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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