Sonic Detour Aren’t Playing With Dolls

The New Brunswick rockers push the bounds of alt-metal with their latest single.

Sonic Detour play for keeps on their slamming new single and video Dolls — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

A walloping alt-metal blast fuelled by a hard-grooving backbeat and ominously aggressive guitar riffs that give way to an explosively anthemic chorus, the Saint John, N.B. rockers’ latest cut is centred around frontman Goose’s provocative lyrics about lust, love and whatever else you want them to mean.

“I don’t like to say what any of the songs are specifically about,” he shares. “I want the work to stand on its own. I want to leave it open to both interpretation and misinterpretation. I’m just trying to make the listener feel something. The band writes the music, and I use that as a springboard to write the lyrics. Each piece of music has a mood, and I try to mine that for emotion. I think something that makes Sonic Detour unique is that our influences vary so widely that the music we make as a group doesn’t sound all that much like the music we listen to individually.”

Consisting of Goose, Jason Crowley (bass), Marcus Marcial (guitar), Jeff Andrusyk (drums), and Nikki Cook (guitar), Sonic Detour started playing live shows in late 2019 and early 2020. Confined to rocking online by the pandemic, the band squeezed what good they could out of the situation, heading into the studio to produce their self-titled seven-song debut EP. Sonic Detour sound like a rusty transmission kicking into high gear. Their music is full of jagged riffs and infectious hooks — unapologetically ferocious, brazenly provocative and sometimes, even heartfelt.

Sonic Detour were nominated for a 2021 East Coast Music Award in the Loud Recording of the Year category. They were also nominated for three Best of Saint John Music Awards: Best New Artist, Best Song for Breathe Out, and Best Music Video for Rise Up — which they won.

Watch Dolls above, check out more from Sonic Detour below, and cruise on over to their website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.