Hailing from the wonderful city of Copenhagen, The Sonic Dawn will be bringing a large dose of retro psych rock across the North Sea to this year’s festival. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Emil Bureau, bassist Niels ‘Bird’ Fuglede and drummer Jonas Waaben, the Danish trio are heavily influenced by the counter-culture of the 1960s. This is not only reflected in their sound, which borrows from the likes of Cream and Jimi Hendrix, among a host of others, but also in their overall style.
Their well received debut ‘Perception’ appeared in 2015 via Nasoni Records, leading to several successful tours around Western Europe. The trio released their more ambitious follow-up ‘Into The Long Night’ back in April this year via Heavy Psych Sounds, with their blend of acid rock guitars, melodic pop hooks and groove-filled rhythms likely to be very popular among festival goers at this year’s event. In the eighth of our series of interviews with the Liverpool Psych Fest congregation, we spoke to The Sonic Dawn about their upcoming appearance at the festival.
How would you describe your music?
The Sonic Dawn is a trip – a psychedelic mixture of styles, from jazzy sitar pop to heavy acid rock. Expect melodic songs with a 60s flavor, laced with dreamy vocals and delivered with an explosive stage presence. Or put in the words of Eclipsed Rock Magazine, “as if The Beatles had reinvented themselves as a blues band in their psychedelic phase”.
Who or what have been the biggest influences on your sound?
In terms of musical influences: 13th Floor Elevators. We don’t sound very much alike – we strive to create our own sound – but their albums are extremely inspiring.
What made you want to play at Liverpool Psych Fest and will this be your first time?
With Liverpool Psych Fest being one of Europe’s most important psychedelic music festivals, it seems only right to be there. We believe we can be heard there. It’s our first time and we’ll bring a couple of surprises.
How well do you know Liverpool and what’s your favourite thing about the city?
The Beatles are probably our favourite thing about Liverpool. We actually think their psychedelic period is underestimated. It’s often dismissed, but it’s so far out!
Indoor festivals have been growing in popularity in recent years, have you played at many of them and how do they compare to outdoor events?
Yes, we play a lot of venue festivals. You get both the sound and special atmosphere of a band in a room full of people, and at the same time a variety of bands/shows to pick from. Open air shows are usually much bigger, which can be good or bad.
What’s your favourite festival memory?
Freak Valley 2016 comes to mind, opening the whole festival and people being so ready to psych out. However, we probably had the best time ever at Electric Moon II in Sweden, 2015, surrounded by the most beautiful nature and people. A real trip.
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Have you ever dabbled in psychedelics? If so, how would you describe your experience?
Listen to our albums, Perception (2015) and Into the Long Night (2017), and you will get the most precise answer possible to both of those questions.
Apart from yourselves, who would you recommend people see at Liverpool Psych Fest?
Elephant Stone and Träd, Gräs och Stenar. The Black Angels goes without saying, right?
Why should festival goers take time out to come and see you play? What can they expect from your live set?
Our drummer always plays in the nude.
The sixth edition of Liverpool Psych Fest will take place at Camp & Furnace on 22nd and 23rd of September. Check out our review of last year’s festival here. For more details about this year’s event head over to www.LiverpoolPsychFest.com. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.