Some things are bigger than punk rock

Sonic Boom Six serve up a great awareness of “nestedness”, and rise above the perspective of their particular nest.

Systems are  “A set of things – people, cells, molecules, or whatever – interconnected in such a way that they produce their own pattern of behaviour over time.” In this case Sonic Boom Six are a system comprised of the musicians interconnected in such a way that they produced storming genre crossing social music over time.

Can’t see the wood for the scene

SB6’s pattern is nominally in the Punk Rock genre (though if you follow the comments it seems some people are very precious about what is allowed to count as punk or not). But they are aware that the Punk Rock perspective as defined by certain sounds  is not the only one and that regardless of the strict genre boundaries, “It’s doing it yourself that gets the respect”.

They have defined the system of Punk Rock not as a relationship of sound elements (Don’t want to be the sound to tick off your list), but of human elements – how you do it.

And they know that their musical corner of the world, even defined as how you do it, is not the only way. SB6’s pattern, is part of a bigger system, they are “nested” in the music system. This is made up of musical entities, whether bands, musicians, DJs, people banging stones together and the pattern they create is the soundscape of our lives, of the planet.

Revolution is more than Sound

But SB6 recognise in this song not only that people can get stuck in the perspective of the system that is most immediately in front of them – or which they want to identify with. But that they can also get stuck in the perspective of that next bigger system, in this case music.

And so Laila K blasts out: “Revolution is more than sound”. The music is where we are and where we operate, but seeing things from here alone will not help us change the picture.


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