Italy’s Sonic Jesus are one of the most revered outputs in the modern psych-rock scene. Following a split-single with Austin heavyweights The Black Angels, in 2015 the band released the hypnotic, droning psych-rock of their debut ‘Neither Virtue Nor Anger’ to international acclaim. Earlier this year they released LP2, titled ‘Grace’ it saw the band reinvent themselves, delving into more melodic, synth-driven horizons and channelling an expansive 80s-indebted new wave/post-punk sound.
Following a deep creative frenzy on the road during the European tour in support of ‘Grace, Sonic Jesus are back already with two new songs – pushing past previous boundaries once again and reappearing with a new-found direction. The ‘Dead Man/Transpose’ 7” is due for release December 2nd to coincide with the London Show of their upcoming European tour, hosted at The Waiting Room by the band’s label, Fuzz Club Records. The two new tracks take the impassioned, introspective post-punk of Grace and take it down a sinister path. Whilst the reverb-drenched vocals, 80s synths and drum machines are still there, this is a far darker affair – the haunting, motorik psych-rock of their early material coming back with a vengeance.
Talking of the tracks, Tiziano Veronese, the mastermind behind Sonic Jesus, explains: “’Dead Man’ is a blind rage with no point of return. The strong bass line and and synths depict a disturbing, claustrophobic atmosphere. ‘Transpose’ changes direction towards a kraut landscape, a chaos quickly dissolved in a folk jam. The lyrics are mainly focused on how humans brutalise themselves as time goes by, so that loneliness becomes a fine shelter where to feel comforted by dreams, arts and distant desires.”
Sonic Jesus is helmed by multi-instrumentalist Tiziano Veronese who handles vocals and all songwriting and recording duties, lyrics are composed by Marco Barzetti. The project was formed in Doganella di Ninfa, Italy in 2012 and has since gone on to tour relentlessly, sharing the stage with Damo Suzuki, Dead Skeletons, A Place To Bury Strangers and Singapore Sling along the way.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
28.11 Paris (FR), Supersonic
30. 11 Mannheim (DE), Kurzbar
01. 12 Charleroi (BE), Le Vecteur
2.12 London (UK), Waiting Room
3.12 Manchester (UK), The Peer Hat
4.12 Newcastle (UK), Trillians
6.12 Ghent (BE), De Ruimke
23.12 Firenze (IT), Glue
18.01 Wien (AT),Disbach
19.01 Zurich (CH), Rochwoche
20.01 Bulle (CH), Ebullition