Political Rock Band Sonic Boom Six Caters Lyrics To Global Issues

Political Rock Band Sonic Boom Six Caters Lyrics To Global Issues

"We're quite a weird band."
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U.K. based band Sonic Boom Six just released their sixth album which transcends multiple genres and sounds. Although the album isn't available in the U.S. yet, they still have plenty of songs for us to enjoy - such as women-empowering anthem "No Man, No Right." I sat down with lead singer Laila K at Warped Tour Atlanta to discuss her fondest touring memories, her creativity, and her powerful messages.

How did you get the opportunity to perform at Warped Tour?

Laila K: We were approached by Kevin [Lyman, producer of Warped Tour] because his daughter is a fan. He's a super, super nice guy. Every day, he's like, "How are you?" "What can I get you?" Having him on our side is brilliant.

What are you currently working on?

LK: Our new album, Cardiac Address, came out in June in the UK. It has eight punk rock, hardcore bangers. We kind of went back to our roots, and the lyrics address what’s going on in the world today - like how sort of messed up it is, and our take on what is going on. Two main things we discuss are Brexit and Trump, and other global things we talk about are racism, homophobia, transphobia, and sexism.

When you all write songs, what is your creative process like?

LK: We all come up with ideas individually and then we bring them together and see where we go from there. Sometimes, it's just a lyric or a hook or a melody - or sometimes it's a whole song. It just changes a lot, depending on where we're at. There's never a lyric that goes in that doesn't make sense...it's all very heartfelt.

I love that! With other music, if your heart's not in it, you can tell. Bands like you guys aren't manufactured.

LK: Yeah, we're essentially a political band because we talk about what goes on in the world today, rather than being in love or other things that people are much better than us at writing about. We don't necessarily stand up [on stage] shouting it - we've got sort of happy, party music. But we definitely have a message that people can take away.

Throughout your years of touring, what place has been the most memorable to you?

LK: Japan was pretty cool. It's like a different world over there. You feel like you're in a film. And even Warped Tour...we've never seen this much of the U.S. before. We don't really get to see much, but we've never gotten to meet so many people from around the U.S. before.

What's a memorable show from Warped Tour so far?

LK: Denver was really, really good. Watching the crowd grow is fantastic. Usually we have about 50 people, no one knows who we are. But in Denver we had nearly 200 kids! We're from the Manchester working class, we don't come from anything. Being able to travel to a destination to play our music is...we're humble. So grateful.

That's great that you've had this opportunity to share your music! A lot of people in the U.S. need to hear your message.

LK: Yeah! People who've seen us on tour have been very surprised, because we don't really fit in. We're quite a weird band - we mix a lot of things. We're not heavy enough for heavy people, we're too heavy for some people. But we just do our thing. We're a very "marmite" band - you either love us or you hate us. We don't want to be someone's second favorite band. We don't want to be a band that people like, we want to be a band that people love.

Cover Image Credit: Sophie Harris

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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