Whether you’re a fan of The Sonics’ classic hits or their more recent tracks, continue reading to discover a bit of information about the history of The Sonics.
The history behind The Sonics:
1. The Sonics were founded by a high school kid. You may be surprised to discover that the band The Sonics was founded in 1960 by Larry Parypa, a young high school kid, who was passionate about playing the guitar.
2. The Sonics were originally a garage band. Larry Parypa and his original bandmates Mitch Jaber and Stuart Turner practiced their tracks in Parypa’s garage.
3. Two of Larry’s brothers were part of The Sonics for a short period of time. While Larry was still in high school and The Sonics were yet to make it big, two of his brothers played for The Sonics. Jerry Parypa played the saxophone for The Sonics and Andy Parypa was The Sonics bass player before The Sonics made it big. On a side note, Larry’s mom was known to occasionally play bass for The Sonics during rehearsals. Which really proves that The Sonics began as a family affair.
4. The Sonics original members split up when some of the members chose to attend college. After Larry and his friends graduated from high school, some of The Sonics’ original members dropped out of their high school garage band in order to attend college. While other members dropped out to join the military or to join other bands.
5. Over a dozen articles have played for The Sonics. Over the decades well over a dozen different artists have played for The Sonics. However, the only original member of The Sonics to return to the band after a hiatus was Rob Lind, who decided to return to The Sonics after serving in the military.
6. Rob Lind is still a current member of The Sonics. Rob Lind who is a vocalist who also happens to play the saxophone and harmonica, is still a current member of The Sonics, a band he was a part of way back in 1960.
7. The Sonics have produced five studio albums. In chronological order, The Sonics produced “Here Are The Sonics”, “Boom”, “Introducing The Sonics”, “Sinderella” and “This is the Sonics”. The last of which was released in 2015, 55 years after The Sonics debut album “Here Are The Sonics” was released.
8. The Sonics once featured on a compilation Christmas album. You’re probably surprised to hear that The Sonics featured on the compilation Christmas album “Merry Christmas”, which was released in 1996. Especially as The Sonics are known as being a punk rock band and most people don’t immediately associate punk rock as a genre with Christmas albums.
9. The Sonics have inspired a wide array of artists. Bruce Springsteen has admitted that he was inspired by The Sonics. As did the deceased frontman of the band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain. Which isn’t surprising when you remember that The Sonics have been around since 1960!
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the history behind one of the world’s favorite punk rock bands The Sonics.