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SOMA - The Rise and the Fall


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Known for clever, original lyrics and a surprising variety of guitar rock riffs, SOMA has developed an enthusiastic following across Canada and parts of the US. Fans continue to pack SOMA gigs year after year to join the revolution. Their growing popularity can be attributed by a socialist-left mentality that exists on most university/college campuses and community radio stations.

“A truly independent station free from commercial interest will play songs that major stations won’t. It is a form of expression rather than a mix of contrived, carbon-copy bands meant to fulfill a demographic. Our fans can spot the bullshit in commercial music and expect more from us. As a result, our music can be controversial and discuss real issues because the station does not fear losing advertising. It’s a more grass roots approach.” – Michael Monzon (Lead Vocals and Guitar)

SOMA is a three-piece band who have produced their first full-length album The Rise and The Fall with 2 time Juno nominee Rob Sanzo (Scratching Post; Voivod; Malhavoc; Mundane; Radio Blaster; Made; Kittens; remixes for Tool, Motley Crue, Junkhouse) once again contributing with his mastery for recording & mixing, SOMA walked into Signal2Noise Studios to start production on The Rise and the Fall. The album was completed and mastered several months after by João Carvalho (2004 Juno nominated producer) who’s mastering resume reads like a who’s who of Canadian popular music, having worked with such artists as Billy Talent, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Death From Above 1976, Gord Downie, Sarah Harmer, Sloan, The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts, Sarah Slean, Shaggy, Treble Charger, The Trews, and Hawksley Workman to mention a few.

The Rise and the Fall is a social commentary consisting of satiric themes, hard rock ballads, and ripping music to cruise in your Mustang GT or El Camino. The three young but mature musicians produced music that deal with subjects ranging from the joys of lust, drugs to the absurdities of politics, to the intricate battle of the sexes. No subject, however strange or mundane, escapes consideration. A musicians and thinking person's Band, SOMA surprises their listeners with unexpected rhymes and melodies, and can turn the most ordinary subject into dramatic satire.