MIMR Band Chat: Sonic AM

This months featured band on MIMR are Punk rock trio Sonic A.M who have made a thunderous impression with their full throttle sound really hitting the mark.

With some very interesting plans ahead i spoke to Niall (Guitar/Vocals) from the band to get the lowdown.

Welcome to MIMR, how best would you describe your sound and what influences do you have?

Niall: We generally say ‘pop in a hockey mask’. A lot of hooks and riffs but drenched in as much aggression as we can muster. I think we channel a lot of old school punk, especially the whole DC scene in America – fugazi are a huge influence. Though I spent a lot of my teen years listening to more indie rock type things, like The Cribs and The Dismemberment Plan, which i know I draw a lot of inspiration from.

So what can we expect from the band in 2018?

Niall: Right now we are sitting on an album – it’s a little bit of a concept record with some strong themes but most of all it’s the 9 strongest songs in our discography. Some of the songs we wrote years and years ago and some are more recent, but I’m really proud of how it all flows together and makes sense as an album. That’ll be out before the end of the year for sure. Other than that we are looking to get as many gigs as we can and generally getting on people’s radars.

We are very happy to have you as our featured band of the month for february, which band would you most like to support and why?

Niall: I’d love to support Idles. They’re a band with a lot of similar ethics to us, plus they’re a bit scary which is always good. The Cribs would also be mind blowing.

5 cds you could take with you if you had to live on a desert island, which ones would they be?

Niall: Emergency and I – The Dismemberment Plan // The Moon and Antarctica – Modest Mouse // The money store – Death Grips // Kid A – Radiohead // Twin fantasy – Car Seat Headrest. I like anything with strong emotions and crazy sounds.

Thanks for chatting to MIMR, all the best for this year. How can people follow you guys on social media?

Niall: Find us on Facebook, Twitter, instagram, Spotify and bandcamp:

https://www.facebook.com/sonicamband/

https://www.instagram.com/sonicamband

https://sonicam.bandcamp.com

MIMR Gig Guide: February

2018 is in full swing now and February is always a great time to seek out some new music in Manchester. Here are a selection of gigs to get to this month.

7th

Meatwave @Gullivers

10th

Her’s @Night and Day

12th

Flood Manual @The Castle

13th

Ace Motel @Zombie Shack

15th

Queasy @Night and Day

17th

Deja Vega/Hey Bulldog and Juju @The Peer Hat

20th

Indoor Pets (formerly Get Inuit) w/Peaness @The Deaf Institute

Party Hardly @The Castle

22nd

Demoms Of Ruby Mae @The Castle

28th

Saint Agnes w/ Hey Bulldog @Night and Day Cafe

MIMR Band Chat: Ortense Blue

MIMR brings to your attention the dark, brooding indie/folk tones of Ortense Blue with her music sending a chill down your spine. With more music already planned for this year to follow the brilliant ‘Safe To Make A Sound’ EP release, MIMR can’t wait for what will come next.

We caught up with Donna to chat about her musical plans and podcasting.

MIMR: How would you best describe your sound and what influences greatly shape your music?

Donna: I’d describe the Ortense Blue sound as dark indie folk, story-based songs with atmosphere. I’ve been described as a ‘folky Goldfrapp’ and my sound has made people mention Suzanne Vega and Kate Bush. I have been hugely influenced by these artists, as well as Julee Cruise, Joanna Newsom, David Sylvian, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Linkin Park, and Depeche Mode. I feel there is a combination of dark and light in my songs, and nearly always a slightly melancholy undertone.

MIMR: You must be pleased with the attention your EP has recieved, were you more excited or nervous about releasing this into the world?

Donna: It was so long in the preparation that in the end I was just desperate to get it out there and move onto the next stage! However, I remember the day that I pressed the ‘send’ button on facebook. I felt so jittery and anxious, it was like downing a full pack of chocolate covered coffee beans! In the end it was the support of a great group of musicians on twitter and facebook, in a group called The Monster Thread, that led to me finding others that were in the same position and we supported each other’s releases and chatted on twitter together and through that unexpected networking I’ve had a wonderful response to the songs and the EP as a whole, which was completely unexpected!
I have been utterly awful at networking due to a natural shyness but I’m getting much better at it now. Just wish there were more hours in the day sometimes!

MIMR: What plans do you have for your music in 2018?

Donna: I’ve already written the songs for my next EP and have now started recording them. This EP isn’t as dark as Safe To Make a Sound; it has a more whimsical, magical sound to it so far I think. It has been influenced by our move to Wales last year and being so close to a forest and wanting to capture that feeling.
I’m also making more space in my week to focus on several collaborations that I am involved in – one of which is an album with the Textile and Sound Artist, David Littler.

I have a busy mind and am always learning something. I know a lot about mental health (am a trained therapist), so I’m currently planning a podcast covering music and mental health (eg, the stories behind certain songs and the artists themselves). It will be called Music & Mental Health Matters, and the first episode should be going out in February 2018 – tbc. I’m quite excited about this as it will be a good way of involving musicians and their stories and giving this a space to be heard. That’s my niche I guess, but I think it’s about each creative finding what’s right for them and finding a way to get that individuality across. There’s lots of cross-artform collaborations happening that are creating even more possibilities for artists at the moment.

MIMR: Do you have any new year resolutions?

Donna: Yes I do. To unapologetically dedicate more of my working week to my music work. To setup and start the Music and Mental Health Matters Podcast, and to improve my guitar playing – a never-ending objective I know!

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us at MIMR, we wish you all the best for this year, where can people check the EP out and follow you social media?

Donna: Thank you so much MIMR! Hope we all have a wonderful 2018!

These are my links:-

Website: http://ortenseblue.com
Contact: ortenseblue@gmail.com
Soundcloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/ortenseblue
Bandcamp: https://ortenseblue.bandcamp.com/
Songwhip: https://songwhip.com/artist/ortense-blue
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3aFn7xSOsbqgNetd6Yuu2H
Music Glue: https://www.musicglue.com/ortenseblue
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ortenseblue
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ortenseblue
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ortenseblue