Etiquette Records

Biography

Etiquette Records released The Sonics’ first two studio albums. Their aggressive, hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide.

Early in 1965, Etiquette released the Sonics’ debut LP, Here Are The Sonics, which was produced at Audio Recording in Seattle, Washington with famed Pacific Northwest recording engineer Kearney Barton. It was recorded on a two-track tape recorder, with only one microphone to pick up the entire drum kit. It was here that they began to pioneer some of their infamously reckless recording techniques.

A second album, Boom, followed in February 1966. During the recording, the Sonics ripped the soundproofing off the walls at the country and western-oriented Wiley/Griffith studio in Tacoma to “get a live-er sound.” The covers of both albums feature the moody photography of Jini Dellaccio.

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