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Iconic garage rockers The Sonics played a special album release show in Seattle last night to celebrate This Is The Sonics, the band’s first LP of all-new material in nearly 50 years. In addition to an enthusiastic hometown crowd, The Sonics were joined by none other than Krist Novoselic. The Nirvana bassist sat in for a couple of songs, including “Cinderella”, off the 1966 Sonics album, Boom.
Nirvana had long considered The Sonics to be a major influence on its music. In 1994, Kurt Cobain himself spoke about his love of the band’s drumming. “I have to admit… The Sonics recorded very, very cheaply on a two track you know, and they just used one microphone over the drums, and they got the most amazing drum sound I’ve ever heard,” he said. “Still to this day, it’s still my favorite drum sound. It sounds like he’s hitting harder than anyone I’ve ever known.”
Below, check out a few clips and pictures of Novoselic and The Sonics performing together.
Although Novoselic has remained out of the musical spotlight for some time, 2015 might just be the year that he re-emerges: He’s rumored to be recording with Modest Mouse and collaborating with Peter Buck and Corin Tucker’s new project super-Earth.