BOOM! A Film About the Sonics / Jordan Albertsen

  • Country and year: USA 2018
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Director and writer: Jordan Albertsen
  • Producer(s): Jordan Albertsen, Brian Scott Robinson, Buck Ormsby
  • Cinematographer: Chris Koser
  • Music: Ben Bromfield
  • With: Larry Parypa, Andy Parypa, Rob Lind, Bobby Bennett, Jerry Roslie, Kurt Bloch, Mike McCready, Mark Arm, Nancy Wilson
  • Format: DCP

”50 years since The Sonics exploded into the rock music scene, their shockwaves are still being felt. They are the most important band you’ve never heard of, with legends from The White Stripes to Bruce Springsteen to Nirvana citing them as a major inspiration. In this documentary, Jordan Albertson tracks the band from their rising Northwest small-town success in the 1960s, blasting out pieces like The Witch and Louie, Louie, to the group’s eventual slow dissolve, and their later underground reemergence in the UK.

Interviews with the five original members provide an authentic and detailed account of their history, while also allowing the film to function as an inspirational story of delayed recognition, as they realize their music did not fade away. Filled with great anecdotes and wonderful personality, BOOM is a fascinating exploration into how legends are made and history is shaped, even if avoiding mainstream awareness. Featuring interviews with Heart, Pearl Jam, The Sex Pistols, Mudhoney, and many more, it becomes clear how The Sonics were the grandfathers of punk, the originators of garage and grunge, pioneering that heavy, ecstatic, shredding, wild energy that instills rock music with life.” – Bruno Savill de Jong / Raindance


”Boom charts the incredible story and influence of The Sonics”
– James Prestridge / Close-up Culture

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