Sonic Hearts Foundation – The Storm launch @ Glasgow Art Club 28/04/12

At the end of April, Musicscramble New Band Spotlight alumni Sonic Hearts Foundation launched their debut single, ‘The Storm’. To celebrate, they held a multimedia event in Glasgow which melded their unique sonic sound to imagery and played with the traditional band < stage> crowd set up.

Set in Glasgow’s Art Club, the band had set up in the middle of the room allowing the audience to move around the space. Behind there was a projector screen which added further detail. On arrival we were given a copy of debut single, ‘The Storm’ and a programme.

The programme showed that there would be two performances and during each the songs had been re-arranged slightly to produce a constant sound. There were no gaps between songs, each performance stood on its own as a single piece of music.

Each performance was bathed in dark shadows and blue light whilst the atmospheric soundscape drifting over dry ice presented a thoroughly enjoyable environment to be in. I’m not going to critique individual songs or share a setlist here as the overall show was the two 30-45 minute performances as a single piece.

Having seen Sonic Hearts Foundation live once before, I have to admit that this approach surprised me and I was worried how it would work. In some ways I much preferred it, and felt it lent itself well to their abstract sound. Their debut single is out now and is a perfect example of the clanging guitars meshed with a stomping bass line and distracted  (and distorted) vocal which made us stand up and take notice of Sonic Hearts Foundation in the first place.

Based on what we’ve seen live – and heard on this debut release – we are excited and will keep watch closely on what happens with this band next. ‘The Storm’ can be purchased online, such as via iTunes.

Gareth Fraser

Editor of Musicscramble. Obsessed with music from a young age, over 1000 gigs under his belt, a serious record collecting habit, a love of concert photography and alphabetising his CD collection.

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