Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

First off I want to say that had I heard Sonic Blume’s self-titled EP when it was released in November 2017 it really would have made my Favorites of 2017 if not my Top 10.  This 5 track album is so damn good which almost pisses me off that this comes from a quarter of 17 year old Jersey kids.   I’m going to quasi-quote Joe Mantegna here for a second to describe Sonic Blume.

Sonic Blume is better at this than I’ve ever been at anything in my life.  They are better at this than you’ll ever be, at anything. They have a gift and when you acknowledge that, then maybe we will have something to talk about.

BOOM.  Yes – they are that good.  The fact that they formed two years ago, when they were 15, and then were able to produce such quality music in two years is completely mind boggling.  They have influences that range from The Smiths to Joy Division, which you can hear in the music.  The fact that any group is going to site Joy Division as an influence makes me smile, but the fact that Sonic Blume sounds so damn amazing just puts a smile on my face.

How would I describe them?  It’s like George Harrison and Tame Impala took a time machine to 1988 where they had an album produced by Black Francis and Kim Deal.  They are the cousins of Grouplove except less poppy and more KICKASS.


I’m not truly sure if I have a favorite on the EP though the first song Do Anything may be the one that draws me back to them over and over.  Really reminds me of something that would have been playing in some kickass 80’s film.  Honestly after my first listen through I listened to the EP about five more times.  In a row.  It truly should be the soundtrack to my life and it blows me away that these kids from Red Bank are so goddamn talented.

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised when I read that they’ve played The Starland Ballroom, The Stone Pony, and other huge Jersey venues.  Right now their claim to fame is opening for Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo’s band Work in Progress.  Trust me Sonic Blume, in a few years Matarazzo will look back and say, “Man, I can’t believe a few years ago they opened for us!”

There’s a second Sonic Blume EP on the way but I’m in no rush to hear it.  That’s because I’m so completely blown away but this EP that I have something to listen to over and over again no matter where I go.  If you listen to Do Anything above and are as blown away as I am, run to iTunes or Spotify or YouTube or wherever you get your music.  These guys are way too brilliant to pass up.

RATING: A

Find Sonic Blume at: https://www.sonicblume.com

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