High 5, with Sonars

Sonars are an British-Italian electro-psych duo who take influence from the likes of Tame Impala, Gorillaz and Air.

The band consists of Brighton-born Frederick Paysden and Serena Oldrati from Bergamo.

Since their debut release in 2015 they have performed over 250 concerts throughout Europe, sharing the bill with international acts such as Slowdive, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thurston Moore, The Prodigy, Ride and Primal Scream. 

On Friday, the dynamic duo take to the stage at Sneaky Pete’s – and if the hype surrounding these guys is to believed, you don’t want to miss it.

AAA caught up with Fredrerick and Serena for a quick chat ahead of their visit to the Capital.

Sonars, Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate, Friday (May 25), doors 7pm, £8, 0131-225 1757




Favourite Film 

Donnie Darko. The atmosphere created in this film is really special and the soundtrack is just perfect! It’s also interesting how the storyline is full of twists and can be interpreted in so many different ways.




Favourite Single 

Holding by Vanarin. We’ve really been enjoying this new summery feel-good single by Vanarin, the rhythm section and wah guitars groove along tightly and the verses in particular have a Childish Gambino feel to them. The song builds up to a catchy chorus sung by Fred’s brother, David, whose voice is reminiscent of Paul McCartney’s during his 80s collaborations with Michael Jackson The entire track has a very funky vibe to it with drum breaks a la Unknown Mortal Orchestra Fans of Connan Mockasin and Soft Hair will really love this!




Favourite Album

Roundabout by Ferbegy?

The songwriting, arrangements and production on this album are fantastic! The singer, Anna, has a really rich, Björk-like voice and the rhythm section is really strong, varying from syncopated drum machines to fast-paced acoustic beats, in the vein of Radiohead’s Kid A. We also love the lap-steel guitar sound on their single How many times. Fans of Moderat and Mount Kimbiewill really dig this!




Favourite Gig 

Blackberries’ showcase at SXSW 2018. We really enjoyed Blackberries’ show at Kitty Cohen’s, the rhythm changes throughout the set create so much energy and really keep your foot tapping right through to the explosive finale of their last song. The melodies are really catchy, especially the chorus hook on their single Flowers Paint The Sky, which has a really cool 60s vibe to it. You’ll be singing it to yourself for days! These guys are great both live and in the studio. Fans of Temples and 60s/70s kraut-rock bands such as Can, Neu and Tangerine Dream will definitely want to check them out.




Favourite Book 

1984 by George Orwell. This is a pretty obvious choice, especially given the times we live in. It’s interesting how a book written in 1949 could so perfectly describe and predict the problems we are now facing with issues such as internet privacy, data collection and government censorship and surveillance.


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