We’re excited to be back in Philly for a throwback show to a place we used to play years ago, The M Room. This is our first Philly show with Sonic Spank 3.0 featuring Dave Palan (bass) & new addition Jeremy Worthington (drums). Joining us will be Philly’s own Philadelphia Funk Hustle.
February 13th, 2013
February 5th, 2013
It has been beyond a pleasure to work with Scotty (Scrit Scrat, Scrittles, Slap Shot, Scott) Zwang for the past 3 years. Scotty transformed Sonic Spank into a band, brought our songs to life and blew our minds with his wealth of pop music knowledge. And jeez, he destroyed the drum kit every show.
Scotty has decided to leave the band and peruse other musical opportunities and he will be greatly missed. Sonic Spank will still continue to overload your senses as a quartet with new drummer, Jeremy Worthington formerly of Bodega. This kid brings an entirely different tidal wave of energy to Spank. See for yourself and listen to our recent show at The Church in Boston. It’s only Jeremy’s second show with us…
November 20th, 2012
The management team for Sonic Spank is proud to announce the band’s new member, bass player Dave Palan. Dave has spent years on the Philly scene as a sought-after live and session bassist, playing with an array of musicians including Fathead, Alo Brasil & Blivit and the band is excited to be adding his talents and experience into the mix. After taking Dave on the road for a solid month of touring west to Chicago and as far south as Miami it was clear that Dave was the right choice.
Now as a four-piece band Sonic Spank is ready to return home to Philly on December 1st at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street with a fresh sound featuring new music from their recent album DRAMA.
DRAMA is a departure from dominant trends in electronic dance music and features some of the strongest, most accessible songwriting Sonic Spank has produced yet. The album features a host of guest bassists from such heavy-hitting jam-electronic acts as Brothers Past, The Disco Biscuits and Lotus to name just a few.
After 3 years of evolution, Sonic Spank has tapped into something entirely different with DRAMA. Laptop and vocoder effects have been abandoned for live bass guitar, human voice and more personal songwriting. Drama’s songs are rooted in the real-life struggles of passionate relationships. With songs drawn from band members’ break ups, changing relationships, confusions between love and lust and even emotional breakdowns, Sonic Spank is exploring new territory with a completely new sound and direction. Yes, audiences will still rock out at shows, but Drama offers anthems that take the Spank live experience to a whole new level as the band’s first true concept album.
Please visit http://sonicspank.bandcamp.com/ to hear DRAMA, the new album from Sonic Spank. If you need more information about the band, additional promo material or to set up an interview, please contact:
Sonic Spank @ Underground Arts
Saturday December 1st, 2012
1200 Callowhill St. Philadelphia, Pa
21+ $8 cover 9pm-2am
November 5th, 2012
we will be playing a brand new venue in philly on dec. 1st, Underground Arts. this place is really cool and we’re excited to be playing at a new place in our home town. after months of touring and gelling with new bass player, Dave Palan, our sound has developed into something totally different. support to be announced soon, keep the date open on your calendar. tickets available now: tickets
September 10th, 2012
While Philadelphia’s Sonic Spank has only been around since 2009, the band has gone through major changes musically. At first Spank was a dynamic duo featuring Benjamin Karp and Ian McGuire combining synthesizers, guitar, laptop samples and extremely dirty song subjects (“Crygasm”, “Lick It From Behind”, “Bukaki-Maki”). As drummer Scotty Zwang and vocoder lyrics were later added, the overall sound became more complex, yet still sounding very produced and robotic. After 3 years of change, the latest evolution of Sonic Spank has tapped into something entirely different. Computers and vocoder have been abandoned for live bass guitar, human voice and more personal songwriting. Spank’s latest album titled DRAMA (mixed by PJ Geissinger aka ) showcases these elements along with the band’s first attempt at not just a full length album, but more importantly a concept album. After spending so much time focusing on stirring the sexual energy in the audience, Sonic Spank has attempted to concentrate on connecting with deeper emotions that pretty much anyone can relate to…the struggle of passionate relationships. Through composing an album based off of band member’s personal situations involving break ups, relationship status changes, confusion of love/lust and emotional break downs, Sonic Spank has explored new territory with a completely new sound. Yes, audiences will still rock out at shows, but now the band offers anthems that will take their live experience to an entirely bigger level. Enjoy the ride.
1. Butterflies feat. Paul Weinstein
2. Not There feat. David Palan
3. Regret feat. Jesse Miller
4. Maybe This Is What I Need feat. Clay Parnell
5. Spread Your Legs feat. Johnny Fissinger
6. She Fades Away feat. Jason Fraticelli
7. Interlude feat. Paul Weinstein
8. It’s You, Not Me(Part 1) feat. Paul Weinstein
9. It’s You, Not Me(Part 2) feat. Paul Weinstein
10. Now You Get What You Came For feat. Matt Keppler
11. Feeling Lucky feat. Matt Keppler
12. Quality Time feat. Marc Brownstein
Quaility Time feat. Marc Brownstein Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PLN-m9dBc
Maybe This is What I Need feat. Clay Parnell- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogZgGmvMr3A
9/15/12-Philly w/Lotus, Ghostland Observatory, Mimosa, Michal Menert
9/20/12-Athens,GA w/ The Malah
10/5/12-Plano,IL(Euphorest aka Deranged Festival)
10/7/12-Chicago,IL w/ The Coop
May 5th, 2012
So we’ve been working on a bunch of brand new music and are excited to debut some of it with the amazing Clay Parnell of Brothers Past and Biodiesel fame on bass guitar. I know, sick! Not only are we experimenting as a quartet, but we also have been experimenting without the vocoder and with our actual vocal chords. we have 4 new dates coming up in the next two weeks:
Thursday, May 10 @ Club Metronome, Burlington, VT
Friday, May 11 @ The Press Room, Asbury Park, NJ
Friday, May 18 @ Stella Blues, New Haven, CT (feat. Clay Parnell on bass)
Saturday, May 19 @ Uphoria Festival, Millerton, NY (feat. Clay Parnell on bass)
January 16th, 2012
We have a ton of new dates to announce over the course of February & March that can be found on the Tour page. We’re doing a 3 day run with Biodiesel in early February and then embarking on our first real Headlining Tour of the East Coast, starting in the Northeast and ending at AURA Music Festival in St Cloud, Florida. The tour will be supported by DVS but Silo Effect from Richmond, VA will also be joining us on several dates.
October 26th, 2011
We have some new shows to announce. This tuesday, November 1st we will be doing a special show with former MJ Project bassist Paul Weinstein and his new project Chipocrite. He will be joining us to play bass for a final set and we will break out some old songs, new songs and choice covers that will take you back.
The following week we will be in NYC supporting Future Rock at the Gramercy Theatre Thursday, November 10.
The night before Thanksgiving we will be doing a set at Triumph Brewing Co. in Old City as part of Cheltenham Class of 2001′s 10 year reunion.
And finally, December 28th we will be supporting the New Deal at the TLA in Philly as part of their “Farewell Tour”. This should be outrageous.
October 14th, 2011
The wait is over. Our brand new Live album, “Setlists & Sextapes, vol.1: Live in Athens, GA” is finally available for FREE download (sonicspank.bandcamp.com). Recorded live at New Earth Music Hall 5/17/11, this disc captures our sound at a pivotal point in our still early growth as a band. After extensive touring up and down the east coast through march & april, we took another trip down to a few select spots down south and caught this gem on tape. We really hope you enjoy it.
To support this special release, we’re heading to Charlottesville tomorrow, VA Beach thursday & Richmond next Saturday as part of Shock-o-Ball w/ Conspirator & Eclectic Method. Tomorrow is a FREE Trey Anastasio Band afterparty at Rapture where we will have tons of new copies of the CD as well as other new merch that can be found at the new Sonic Spank Merch page (www.sonicspank.com/merch).
We will also be in Philly Tuesday, November 1st at Silk City with our good friend and former MJ Project bandmate Chipocrite.
Stay tuned for more dates and big 2012 releases and touring.
August 31st, 2011
Sonic Spank is pleased to be supporting Papadosio on a portion of their fall tour. We will be playing with them from September 8-17 hitting a bunch of venues we’ve never played before. Check the Tour dates for more details.