By Deaglan Howlett | Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018
For fans of - Haunt Club, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive
Sonic Blume have truly hit the ground running ever since the release of 2017’s self-titled EP. In just a year, the band has grown exponentially both in talent and recognition. Their latest release, Beach Karma, is their first full-length, and it is an exceptional follow up to their well-loved 2017 debut. Sonic Blume was gracious enough to answer some questions about Beach Karma and what is next for the group. Thank you again!
What was your inspiration for the album? What were you guys listening to?
We were listening to a lot of modern dream pop bands, such as Alvvays, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Beach House, and M83, and of course some less modern bands like The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, My Bloody Valentine, and The Strokes.
Anything you learned from the first release that you applied to this newest release?
Well, the new record has a lot more synth, and I think that was something we knew we wanted to do for a while. Back in February, we opened up for Gaten Matarazzo from the show Stranger Things’ band, Work in Progress. And when we were asked to play the gig, I watched Stranger Things in preparation for meeting Gaten. I immediately fell in love with the soundtrack from the show with all of the really cool 80s synths being used. The soundtrack inspired me to write the instrumental transitional songs on the new record, “Door 1," "Door 2," "Door 3," and "Door 4.” All the synth from those tracks I guess carried over into the rest of the album.
How do you write your songs?
I (Max) usually will write most of the parts by myself and then I will bring them to the band and we will jam on them and see what works.
How would you define your sound?
I like to think of our music as having a dreamy, ethereal, and nostalgic sound, with jangly, upbeat guitar melodies.
Who worked on the album?
Just like the first record, Erik Kase Romero engineered, produced, and mixed all the songs. He is really great to work with as he really understands who we are musically and is able to help us carry that vision into the recording. Tim Pannella mastered the record.
What’s next for Sonic Blume?
On August 22nd we’re opening up for Brick + Mortar along with Carroll in Seaside Heights, NJ, and we are planning on releasing more visual content for our fans (i.e. music videos). We’re always writing new material, so, of course, we’ll be eager to share that with our listeners as well, the sooner the better.
Listen to Beach Karma here!