You have some many people from various eras of
music talking about how influential The Sonics were to them.
What factor or factors do you think it is about The Sonics that
make them so influential?
Jerry: I think our music was different from most because the
songs I wrote were about witches, psycho's, strychnine, and
strange stuff like that. On top of everything else, I screamed
my "ars" off whenever the spirit moved me. Some radio stations
were afraid to lose their listeners if they played our
"barbaric" music (as one TV producer of a national rock show
called it), but the ones that did play our music seemed to have
a lot of good feedback.
Punk Globe: I assume when the band first formed you didnít say,
hey, letís be influential to future bands. But did you decide
that you wanted to do music that was a little bit more unique
than what others were playing?
Jerry: I personally liked music that was over the top and I
liked the energy of people like Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard
and Elvis Presley to name just a few. I've always
thought that rock should be played from the soul with a ton of
conviction so that your audience can feel that there's no
doubt...." It's time to party"!!
Punk Globe: When you go into the studio nowadays to record your
new material, do you feel that same kind of vibe that you felt
in the early days? Does it feel as good, feel as fun to record
music as it did then?
Jerry: I love to write and create new music. I like to try to
make and play rock and roll that you don't just hear.....but
music you can FEEL right down to the bone.
Punk Globe: Does that sort of vibe translate when you are
playing the songs live?
Jerry: That is what we shoot for. We want people to experience
the high energy that we know rock 'n roll is all about.
Punk Globe: What sort of cross section of fans do you see at
your shows? Fans from the early days, new fans, a combination?
Jerry: We have been shocked at how many younger people like our
material. We do see a definitive combination of early fans and
new fans. In so many concerts......we look out over the crowd
and it's like dťjŗ vu. It's gratifying to say the least.
Punk Globe: Youíve seen a lot of changes in the music business.
With your new music and recent shows do you feel it was tough at
first to search out fans of the earlier music to introduce them
to your new music, or do you think there was some welcoming
anticipation among your fan base, like they knew that you would
do this someday?
Jerry: I have had fans come up to me after the show and say
things like: "I thought I'd never get to see the Sonics play
live in my lifetime!" "The Sonics are what real rock and roll
is all about!" "The Sonics kick butt!" , etc.
You did a show at SxSW, an event usually more for
the newer bands and alt rock bands. How did that go and how were
you received, did these younger kids really feed off the vibe of
the band and their music?
Jerry: Very good crowd response and some of the people said
they had come all the way from Europe and other countries
especially to see us....and love it!
Punk Globe: Iím sure some cynics may think that there is a
sense of novelty of a band from the 60ís era playing aggressive,
loud music that the younger kids like. Would you say that is not
the case and it is more about the music in itself and the energy
that it exudes, that it doesnít matter what era the band came
Jerry: Absolutely! When you look out over a "sea of people"
and most of them are singing and screaming the words to your
songs right along with you, you get a great feeling inside and
you feel really connected with your fans like it's almost some
kind of religious experience or something.
Punk Globe: You are having this current renaissance of sorts.
Do you feel this is something you can and want to sustain? Do
you feel a lot of new music left in you and a level of drive
that makes you want to keep going and create new generations of
Jerry: Personally, I want to play as long as possible. If it
feels good, you can't help but do it. I feel that I have only
scratched the surface of songs I want to write and sing about.
In that respect, it's only the beginning
Punk Globe would like to thank Marc Storm and Jerry Roslie for
the fun interview...