Tacoma garage-rock heroes the Sonics have a bad habit of making local fans wait. First, they made them wait the four decades that lapsed between the classic lineup's breakup in 1967 and the first comeback shows at New York's Cavestomp festival in 2007.
Then they made the local faithful wait two years between each of the local shows they played after New York, at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Halloween 2008, at Olympia's Capitol Theater on New Year's Eve 2010 and their long overdue homecoming at the Pantages last July.
Luckily, they're on the fast track now, and your next chance to hear “Cinderella,” “Boss Hoss” and “Have Love Will Travel” live is Saturday, Feb. 2, at Seattle's Showbox at the Market. The perpetually rad Mudhoney will add support.
That's as good an excuse as any for me to post an outtake from an interview I did with sax player Rob Lind last summer for this Seattle Weekly feature.
In the clip below, he reminisces about the old days at the Red Carpet, a club that used to be located at 5212 South Tacoma Way where the Sonics recorded part of “Busy Body!!! Live in Tacoma.” He recalls the evolution of two of his band's most iconic songs. And he alludes to the conspiracy that kept "The Witch" from going No. 1 on local radio powerhouse KJR-AM.