Sonic A.M have solidified their place in the northern indie punk scene and with their debut album set for release later this year; the future looks exciting for Sonic A.M.

Sonic A.M are a Crewe based indie punk three piece whose music consists of fast-as-fuck drum beats and raspy guitar melodies with the passion and aggression of old school 1990’s punk. “A wonderful blend of organised chaos” front-man Niall Griffin describes it as.

Sonic A.M – Photo: Bob Maguire-Jones (From left to right) Ross Hicks, Niall Griffin, James Farmer.

The band’s first EP What We Do When We Do Nothing started out as garage band demos that Griffin recorded on his iPad throughout 2013-2015. “These songs were a retrospect of my teenage life in the town I grew up in” Griffin explains: “I lived in this middle class white bubble where no one was really living and I was looking at it through my I don’t fit teenage angst eyes.”

Griffin knew what music he wanted to make, he said: “I loved the music Modest Mouse and Fugazi made because it was loud, energetic, and immediately gratifying. I wanted to make music like that”. Having faith in his songs Griffin began his quest for band-mates.

The stealing of a cymbal brought drummer James Farmer into the mix. After accidentally taking Farmer’s cymbal after a gig they played together, Griffin then spammed the drummer with his garage band demos. Eventually, he was worn down and joined the band. The bassist, Ross Hicks was converted in early 2016 to join the line-up.

Sonic A.M – What We Do When We Do Nothing EP cover

Sonic A.M spent most of 2016 gigging in tiny pubs and clubs, even a chip shop. The band and their gear crossed the country cramped into a small, black Renault Clio driven by bassist Ross Hicks.

What’s their most memorable gig? Griffin without hesitation replies: “The Pint Pot in Salford. It was the second time we had played there and it’s a brilliant place to play. Whilst we were playing our set upstairs in the venue, the pub downstairs was robbed at gunpoint. I came out of that set pretty buzzing because it was an ace set and my friend approached me, dead serious and told me what had happened. I mean that’s pretty memorable!”.

“The Pint Pot also gave use our best gig too!” Griffin explains: “We were surrounded by all of our friends and they were screaming along to our songs, there were people dancing and stomping along. It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing and it was the best feeling”.

The gig’s of Sonic A.M are loud, heavy, and very sweaty. Photo Credit: Jacob Swetmore
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Sonic A.M have worked tirelessly on their new nine-track-album How to Build A Neighbourhood throughout 2017. “It’s an observation album” Niall explains: “I wrote the first EP living in this bubble and looking out. Now I’ve left, I look at it through a different pair of eyes. I’m still singing about this bubble town but I’m looking in on it now”.

The new album has an over-arching theme which is presented in the track listings. The first few songs set up the world we are delving into, it introduces the culture of this isolated town and the lack of hope and interest there.
Each track is a commentary of this place, its subcultures, its obscurities, and its peculiarity. Niall laughs as he says: “I put way too much thought into my music but it’s more fun to do it that way. I’m excited. It’s going to be good. I promise you that.”

Sonic A.M’s new album How To Build A Neighbourhood is set to be released later this year with a tour planned to follow. To find out more about what the band are up to, follow Sonic A.M on Twitter and like their Facebook page.

Listen to Sonic A.M’s first EP What We Do When We Do Nothing on Spotify.