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Premiere: The Sonder Bombs Share New Single “waste”

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Cleveland indie outfit The Sonder Bombs first emerged from the world of DIY indie punk, debuting in 2018 with their record, MODERN FEMALE ROCKSTAR. They followed in 2021 with a sophomore effort, Clothbound, which began showing some exciting new shades to the band. They steadily began to incorporate upbeat pop punk, intimate ballads, and jagged-edged ragers into their sound, all while remaining rooted with big melodic hooks and bandleader Willow Hawks’ ukulele.

Most recently, fans heard from the band last year with their single, “The Star”, which introduced some new dreamy synth textures to their sound. Today they’re back with another new track, “waste,” premiering with Under the Radar.

If “The Star” began hinting at aesthetic shifts for the band, “waste,” fully commits in a new direction, offering a sound that feels more akin to idiosyncratic bedroom pop than punk. Starry synth melodies and electronic percussion color the track, along with some gnarled bursts of guitar in the track’s midsection. Meanwhile, Hawks’ vocals are slight, vulnerable, and soaked in fractured electronic effects. The results are more insular than the band’s previous work, but the track also offers an intriguing new direction that feels refreshingly experimental and sincere.

Hawks says of the track, “I’ve been really blessed to have people I love around me who inspire me to be myself. Let me grow in any direction I need. “waste” feels like the first really honest song I’ve written for myself since “Twinkle Lights.” I wrote it on ukulele initially and transposed it to synth. For me, experimenting with new sounds has always been exciting but I was cautious to not stray too far away from what I thought I was “supposed” to make. When I brought the demo to Jimmy & Jer, they were really hyped about the deviation from our previous work. Getting to dive in for the first time to something I am totally unfamiliar with was enthralling. I plan on doing much more diving.”

Check out the song below, out everywhere tomorrow, June 8th.

Jimmy Wilkens · waste


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7/9/2023 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory)
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