Guitarist Josh Bitmead, bassist Adam Teale, lead singer Sarah Cummins and drummer Scott Fenn from Somnio.
Guitarist Josh Bitmead, bassist Adam Teale, lead singer Sarah Cummins and drummer Scott Fenn from Somnio.

Somnio seeks prog perfection

HAVING just recruited drummer Scott Fenn, Ipswich band Somnio is rehearsing hard with a view to bringing its brand of progressive psychedelic rock to the pubs and clubs again.

Consisting of Sarah Cummins on lead vocals, Josh Bitmead on guitar, Adam Teale on bass and Fenn on drums, Somnio formed about four years ago, fine-tuning a blend of slap-bass and unique time signatures with heavy guitar riffs and Cummins' powerful vocal style.

POWERFUL VOCAL: Lead singer Sarah Cummins from psychedelic progressive rock band Somnio.
POWERFUL VOCAL: Lead singer Sarah Cummins from psychedelic progressive rock band Somnio. Claudia Baxter

The band has attracted good crowds to local venues including the Winston Glades Tavern and the One Mile Hotel, as well as The Cage Stage in Eagle Farm.

Cummins said while the band's influences were clearly in the Tool, King Crimson and Shpongle category, their end product was hard to pigeon-hole.

"We are getting into using alternative timings and moving more into that progressive area, where songs can change as you're playing them," she said.

Teale's lively bass riffs form a guiding light for Somnio songs like Motherschlucker and Twin Windows, which have been entered into radio station Triple J's Unearthed competition in recent years.

"We draw inspiration from many areas like science, philosophy and spirituality," Teale said.

"We all contribute equally in the writing process."

Somnio bassist Adam Teale in action.
Somnio bassist Adam Teale in action.

The band is regularly jamming at Bundamba's Headline Studios in order to work up new material.

Teale said the Ipswich scene was very much alive and kicking, but also needed someone to bring all the parts together.

To listen to Somnio, visit triplejunearthed.com/somnio.

Visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/somnioband.


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