As threats of climate change, referendums, and an ever-growing disdain for the status quo looms large, the enigmatic trio of Somnians are here to put the world to rights
As of right now Somnians have only released their debut single out to the world, but what a single it is. Their sound is refreshingly unique and vital. Spilling bile-filled home truths about the society we live in, set among a jarringly brilliant post-punk backdrop. In the current climate of corruption, opposition and instability, Somnians are a jolt of adrenaline that we so desperately need.
Details about the outfit are scarce to zero, we were fortunate enough to have a chat with the exciting new outfit, and find out a little more about their outlook and motivations. Welcome.
Who TF are Somnians?
Somnians are people in a state of sleep. Everyone is a Somnian in some way or another.
How long have you been making music?
Collectively, about 40 years. Together, about 2.
Why do you make music?
To feel, experience and understand things that only you can when you make music and hopefully that transcends and resonates with the people who listen to what we make.
What are your biggest influences?
Honestly, anything that challenges the the listener to have a deeper connection with the music being played. Jazz, punk, hip hop, anything with cool sounding guitars, etc. Black Sabbath are pretty cool.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
Working with Danny Farrant and Paul Rawson. Getting to work with people who understand your ethos and having them get so excited by it as well is a really cool feeling.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
Even if one person hears a record that we’ve made and has that moment of “oh shit, this is cool, I really want to start making music” and then they proceed to go and make music with their friends and it’s the best feeling they’ve ever had up until that very moment, then that’s the pinnacle of what we would want people to take away from encountering our music.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
Pretty much the same answer as above.
One way to make a statement is to release a hugely ambitious nine-minute long shape-shifter of a track as your debut single, what was the thought process behind this?
The lack of a thought process might be the answer to that question. The song was written a few years ago and lyrically it felt very reactive to the current climate, even then, so it could be serendipitous or just stupidly frightening that it seems to come across as almost knee jerk to the immediate climate we are in right now.
The instrumental section that sees the song out feels to us as though we are answering the first 3 and a half minutes with just being free of everything that it’s describing. The Neil Armstrong speech we sampled at the very end is the total embodiment of what we feel the world needs to hear right now. We just decided to release it because we felt it was time and we were all in a place where we felt it was right for us to release our baby into the wild.
Are you pleased with the reception that it has received?
The reception has totally blown us away and we couldn’t be more grateful that people are so open to something so long for today’s music industry standards.
What comes next for Somnians?
Just finishing an album and hopefully we can get out of our regimented human lives to take the show on the road a bit more. There’s no real plan, everything will happen as it’s meant to. We have a show opening for Kid Kapichi on 18th October at the Printworks in Hastings which is sold out and then we are playing at The Piper in St Leonard’s on Sea on 16th November but so far that’s all we have booked in.
And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
Essypunk and I don’t think there will be anyone bigger (except for maybe Danny and Paul).
‘White Noise Itch is available now