Wailing City Spotlight: Interview With Stephanie Sutera of Sonorous Rising

Published November 17, 2021
Interview By Jeffrey Thunders

Stephanie, how the hell are you?  
Considering the current state of affairs in the nation and around the world -- some days are heavy but in my own universe things are going pretty well. 

Sonorous Rising has quickly become one of the hottest bands in the state, in these uncertain times. What do you attribute your rise in popularity to? 
There seems to be a recurring theme to the feedback we receive after shows. Unique and unsuspecting are constant descriptors. It’s a combination of the instruments used as well as the sounds within the music. Often you find a guitarist playing lead in a band whereas with us Effa takes that role with this wild electric piano and then I come out with my obscure electric solid body ukulele with a metal zone pedal cranked through a Marshall, along with my brutal vocal stylings and people get very intrigued. Then they start paying attention to our drum and bass combo. Orlando can wail on that bass, always paying attention for the right places to emphasize and compliment what the other instruments are playing. Then our drummer, who happens to be the nephew of New London’s Liz Larson of The Liz Larsons, is a treat all by himself. Sometimes I don’t think he knows how talented he really is but the audience sure does. Then our sound is hard to pinpoint which others tell us is refreshing, often. We are coming from so many musical influences & backgrounds and let our music come out naturally, never trying to mimic a sound, which is proving to be a fruitful method for Sonorous Rising.

Wailing City Spotlight: Interview With Michael Slyne

Published November 11, 2021
Michael Slyne has been involved with a number of local bands over the years -- from the loud and heavy fuzz of Snow Orphan and Ferocious Fucking Teeth -- to the Americana/psychedelic rock of Brian & the White Birds -- and currently leads the ever-evolving stylings of Slyne & the Family Stoned, in addition to improvising solo or with friends. Slyne -- armed with a guitar, effect pedals and a 4-track tape machine -- creates a collage of eccentric sounds that blend punk, noise and drone... building an atmospheric dissonance that truly takes you on a journey and surely showcases his musical and artistic ingenuity.

From Slyne's Bandcamp page: "Slyne leads a group of punks and freaks and lovers and misfits and drifters and soul searchers and jazz cats and pseudo pop queens and tone benders - they try and make a glorious racket"

I recently asked Slyne some questions about his creative process, effects and gear, recordings -- and what he's got coming up. Check out the interview and make sure you get to Oasis this Saturday to catch Slyne & the Family Stoned! More on that below! --Meghan

Doom & Brews Fest III @ Altones Music Hall Nov 12 & 13

Altones Music Hall
47A North Main Street
Jewett City

Weekend Pass: $50
The weekend pass includes entry both nights and first 2 pints of craft beer each night are included

Single Night Pass: $30
Single night pass includes entry either Friday or Saturday and first 2 pints of craft beer included

21+ / Doors 6pm each night / Music 7pm


Yatra (MD)

Mother Iron Horse (Salem, MA)

Entierro (New Haven, CT)

Thunderbird Divine (Philadelphia, PA)

Mourn The Light (Eastern CT)

Almost Honest (Cumberland, PA)

Punk Show @ 33 Fri Nov 19

Punk show at 33 Golden Street in New London, CT 
8PM / $10 / 21+

Sonorous Rising (CT local ska punk)

On The Cinder (Buffalo, NY)

We Own Land (Newport, RI rockers)

The Rots (Providence, RI)

Pocket Vinyl / Fleet / Post Valley Green @ 33 Fri Nov 5

Friday, November 5th get down to Golden Street for a night of indie rock!
Featuring performances by Fleet, Pocket Vinyl and the post valley green. 

Doors at 8:00pm / music at 9:00pm
$10 cover. 21+

Fleet is an indie rock experience from Southeastern Ct. A stylistically 
unique band that has taken New England by storm 
with their funk/blues inspired sound. 

Pocket Vinyl (FULL BAND SHOW) - Eric Stevenson slams on the piano and sings while Elizabeth Jancewicz paints on stage. The songs are mainly meant to stare uncomfortably truths about sex, death, silence, etc. in the face and confront them. They are trying hard to be your favorite band. 
Beyond that, enjoy the music.

Post Valley Green - New England indie twang a new thing 

Friday Night Folk: Windborne @ All Souls Fri Nov 19

The internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble Windborne includes four singers who grew up immersed in the traditional song and dance communities of New England. For over a decade, Windborne has sought out masters of traditional singing in the US and around the world. Through these collaborations, they have developed the vocal agility and authentic sound for which they are known…. Their repertoire includes music from the Republic of Georgia, Corsica, Bulgaria, the Basque region, and Quebec, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions as well.

Tickets are $19 in advance, $10 for students and active Military with ID, and $22 at the door (as available). Get your tickets early! Reserve your seat on EventBrite or by calling All Souls at 860-443-0316 by November 18. All Souls is located at 19 Jay Street in New London. 

Keeping us all Covid safe: Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours are required. Seating is limited to half capacity. Everyone will sign in, and (sadly) our famous refreshments will not be available as masks are required throughout the evening.

Upcoming concerts: 
December 10: Ben and Nancy Parent
January 14: Geoff Kaufman

Dr. Martino / Marvelous Liars @ Oasis Sat Nov 20

Saturday November 20
16 Bank Street
New London
9pm / $8 / 21+

'Plugged In' Hip Hop Event @ Hygienic Art Sat Nov 6

The Plugged In show is an opportunity to experience high-energy live performances from some of the best local hip-hop artists. Come join us at the Hygienic Art Park in New London. There will be great music, drinks, and even a fashion show highlighting hype streetwear brands from local designers!
Come pop out to have fun, party, and get connected with people from the emerging music and fashion scene in New London County. Plugged In will feature a night of high-energy performances and music that you will not want to miss!

Hosted By:
Pete AKA The Main Plug and Foxwoodz Prince

Fashion Show By:

Music By:
DJ Cribb

Performances By:
Yung Vice City
Love Jordo
and more...

Special Guest Appearances:
To be announced...

79 Bank Street - New London
6 to 10pm

 $10 preorder online / $15 at the door. Limited space, get your tickets today!

BOWEN to Play Benefit for Veterans @ Garde Arts Center Oasis Room Fri Nov 19

BOWEN, an American rock band, based in Southeastern Connecticut, who performs and records throughout the US, presents an evening of on-your-feet originals and classics in the Oasis Room, to benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation, a charitable organization that provides support for veterans and military families. 

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go towards those families in need. Come show your support for America’s heroes! 

In 2016, Bowen’s single, “Picture,” received Grammy ballot recognition for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Rock Song. They are currently supported by Boston-based indie record label Brewhouse Records and production house Aberrant Sound.

Limited Capacity. General Admission Tickets: $30 / Military Tickets: $20 *Must present Military ID required at the door. Vaccinations and masks may be required. Click here for latest COVD policies.

Tickets & more info:

Metal Show @ Altones Music Hall Wed Nov 24

47A Main Street, Jewett City
Doors 7pm
$15 / All ages

Rock Show @ 33 Fri Nov 26

New London
8pm / $10 / 21+

Horns Of Ormus (New London, CT)

Thee Fightin' Fish (Boston, MA)

Common Disaster (New London, CT)

The Problem With Kids Today at Oasis Sat Nov 27

Saturday November 27
The Oasis Pub
16 Bank Street
New London
9pm / $8 / 21+
Facebook Event Page

with special guests Peäsänt

The Problem With Kids Today (New Haven, CT)



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