Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)
I am Lulu, vocalist of Sonori. I am here alongside fellow band members Andre (guitar), Tim (cello) and Jasper (drum machines) to mediate the convulsions of existence, and crack open your heart like a walnut…can you tell I’m an aspiring lyricist yet?
How did the band start?
The guys were already an established instrumental outfit, and the plan had been for me to feature on one song for their debut EP. Before we knew it I was putting my voice and lyrics to two tracks (Vanity and I Wade). Naturally, the process called for numerous and highly necessary pub meetings, but it was their support of my choice to be vulnerable in the studio which cemented our belief in each other as a team. As Tim and I drove to the venue of Sonori’s first live gig with vocals, he asked me on behalf of the other members if I would like to officially join the band. I said yes.
How would you describe your band?
Space-faerie pirates innocently addicted to the shiny things and ‘sparkly sounds’. Participants of intergalactic travel and cell-diving through music. Yea.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
‘I Wade’ from our self titled EP, released at the end of this month! Because the song sways precariously between epic awesomeness and comedically grave uncertainty – much like the quirks of the band and band members themselves! It defines our current identity as it was the first composition I truly made my mark upon as a lyricist and of course as Sonori’s first vocalist. ‘I Wade’ showcases our musical voices equally. It is an unbashful representation of what we aim to create as a band; a journey.
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?
Our blend of fun-loving and existential curiosity, our appreciation of each other’s unique musical voices, and our openness to evolution causes me to believe that we are limitless.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?
Saturday 16th December – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW (w/Crooked Fiddle Band)
Thursday 21st December – Moshpit, Erskineville, NSW (w/No Mandate)
Friday 22nd December – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW (w/No Mandate)
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
The first night playing as a part of Culturescape on the steps of the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Katoomba is our hometown, and the Carrington Lawns hold many adolescent memories for me. To play to our community from a building we have so many personal associations with was a surreal experience. Amidst the projections of local artists work and streaking rain, we delivered a totally rockin’ set!
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Katoomba’s all-kinds-of-alternative rock band Feast Of Fools
The always high-energy and surprisingly grungy ‘Paperhill’ from Katoomba
And the charming and entrancing Humumbra, a Katoomba/Sydney based electronic lady duo
Anything Else you’d like to add?
We’re already working on some new loud and stomping tracks for an album next year!