Sonars are an electro-psych outfit made up of Frederick Paysden from Brighton and Serena Oldrati from Bergamo, Italy. They released hazy, emotionally affecting new single ‘Love Me Anyway’ on March 22nd.
Frederick tells us the song is “one of the most personal songs I’ve written so far, it’s like a scrapbook of moments of my life and was written for all the people that have meant so much to me along the way, my parents in particular.”
Expanding on these sentimental themes, the band’s latest full-length Theatre Of Darkness deals both with “personal issues such as fear of failure, the loss of loved ones and the relentless passing of time, as well as a wider commentary on the state of our planet and the attitudes that have brought about the situation we now find ourselves in.”
The album flows as one continuous mix over its 10 songs – ambient instrumentals laced with cut up speech, field recordings and elements of noise providing the transition between tracks.
The visuals that accompany the music are carefully considered and curated. The album’s aesthetic revolves around two sets of imagery. One of which is the stylized depiction of endangered species of insects at risk of extinction. The other uses long forgotten material such as old photographs, Super 8 films and home movies which were found amongst odds and ends at various flea markets.
Watch the exclusive XS Noize video premiere of ‘Love Me Anyway’ – BELOW:
Since their debut release the band have performed over 250 concerts throughout Europe at festivals such as Europavox (FR), Eurosonic Noorderslag (NL), Bime (ES), MIL (PT) and Maifeld Derby (DE).
In 2018 they released a new single which was played on several UK radio stations, followed by official showcases at SXSW (Austin, TX), Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON) and an extensive UK tour. After a busy festival season they went on to support Thirty Seconds To Mars and Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) at the open-air Milano Rocks festival in September, performing before a crowd of thousands.
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18 MAY – MacArts, GALASHIELS (UK)
19 MAY – Sneaky Pete’s, EDINBURGH (UK)
23 MAY – Discovery @ 229 The Venue, LONDON (UK)
26 MAY – Dot to Dot, BRISTOL (UK)
28 MAY – Kultur Bahnhof, HAMMINKELN (DE)
29 MAY – Le Gueulard, NILVANGE (FR)
30 MAY – Kultur Consumenten, LUZERN (CH)