This past September Swedish rock band Sonic Kharma unveiled their debut album Too Much is Not Enough. Swiftly finding an eager reception at home, it and the band with the ever potent PR/ radio pluggers Pluggin’Baby alongside are beginning to stir just as keen attention with it in the UK. They have now just pushed two tracks forward as a teaser to that release and themselves upon British ears, songs which are already stirring up strong radio play and rich words.
Hailing from the northern town of Umeå, Sonic Kharma was formed in 2013. Their sound is built on the creative union and songwriting of guitarist Michael Blomqvist and vocalist Henrik Brännlund, though as these two tracks alone prove; every member of the band is a vital and rich part of the mix. Inspirations to their melodic rock bred sound range from bands such as Nomads, Guns N’ Roses, and AC/DC to Foo Fighters, Millencollin, and Sator. There sound is not maybe the most unique proposition yet there is real freshness and imagination to it which makes ears pay closer attention. There is also a finely crafted edge to the songs which suggests a band taking time to take things to their creative limits, a suggestion backed by the fact that the band recorded Too Much is Not Enough twice, not content with the first recordings.
New Day is an instant temptation in ears, its opening melody a beckoning finger into the waiting alternative rock meets grunge like stroll. The guitars of Jonas Edvardsson and Blomqvist entangle the imagination in melodic tendrils and encouraging riffs whilst the swinging beats of PerOlof Tellegård rousingly align with the alluring groan of Kevin Valberg’s bass. Embraced by Brännlund’s strong and emotive tones, it is a superbly infectious proposal with muscle in its movement and seduction in its voice with the veining of nagging melodies and sharp hooks only adding to that attraction and success.
Keep Calm and Carry On has more of a pop punk hue to its rock ‘n’ roll and certainly its opening canter has an Offspring feel to it. The individual traits of Sonic Karma soon take over though as the song hits its stride, again a natural infectiousness flowing through its lively twists and contagious chorus. Spinning its own brand of ear pleasing melodies and imagination snagging hooks, the song backs up its outstanding companion with its own thickly alluring enterprise headed by the pulsating bait of Valberg’s bass.
Both tracks leave pleasure ripe as they do their job of introducing their creators to a new audience; a sonic announcement which does not so much invite further exploration of Sonic Karma as command it.
Pete RingMaster 02/12/2017
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