Even after the initial buzz surrounding the adorable father/daughter grindcore duo Sockweb, no one was really sure how far this unlikely project would go. Perhaps a few songs before the gimmick wore out or the limited attention span of a seven year old girl would put an end to the project, but no; Adam and Joanie Young are sticking with their band for the time being, and have been working on their debut album Werewolf. In fact, the release will see the light of day in the coming months under our friends Monolithic Records!
With the announcement comes a new song titled ‘Bullies Are Mean,’and it’s a MONSTER. The epic-length (for grind standards) 4 minute track grooves as hard as any Pig Destroyer song with a solo ridiculous enough to come from Buckethead. As always, Jo nails her vocal performance, inspired by her fierce hatred of bullies. Dat catharsis. Go stream it right this second.
The adorable father-daughter project has just released its third song, the title track to their forthcoming record Werewolf (tentative album art above). Seven year old frontgirl Joanie Bologna’s vocals are getting absolutely vicious in that instead of the yelling she did in the first track, she’s expanding her voice to include actual growls and screams. People have been comparing her to Kat Katz of Agoraphobic Nosebleed since the project’s inception but now the two are even closer. To make things even better, the song ends in a totally rad southern metal groove torn from the latest Red Fang record along with sick lead work done by Spiralmountain‘s Erik Ebsen. The clashing of styles may seem weird on paper but the whole thing is amazing. It’s actually the best thing the duo has done yet.
I realize that Sockweb is a gimmick, but it’s the best gimmick I’ve ever heard. It also helps that the music is legitimately good. As always, we’ll keep you up to date on all happenings Sockweb as they work on their debut album.
In case you aren’t in the know, grindcore recently got kicked up a notch with Sockweb, an unlikely musical duo that sees Adam “Blackula” Young writing the music and his six-year-old daughter Joanie “Bologna” Young writing her own lyrics and performing lead vocals. Their first song ‘I Want Pancakes’ went viral when it was released, and for good reason. The grit of grindcore juxtaposed against the innocence of childhood is somewhat surreal, if not just straight up adorable.
We decided to seek out an interview to learn more about Sockweb, Joanie’s unique project that makes her the coolest six-year-old ever known to the world of metal.
Hi Joanie! Did you just get home from school?
How was it? What did you do today?
School was good. We had gym, it was fun.
Awesome! The internet loves your music and everyone I know thinks it’s really cool. How do you feel about the reaction Sockweb is getting?
Good. It’s awesome.
That’s nice! I heard that you came up with the name of the band. I don’t know what a sockweb is though. Where did you come up with the name?
[Adam]: She said “I don’t know,” but we sat down and thought of things that were gross (spider webs) and things that were stinky (socks) and put them together.
In case you have short term memory loss, Sockweb is the incredibly awesome and touchingly adorable grindcore project by friend of the site Adam Young and his six-year-old daughter Joanie. He writes the music, she pens the lyrics and does lead vocals, a dynamic that works fabulously. Their first song ‘I Want Pancakes’ went viral this week, and the duo wasted no time on a follow-up. The interestingly titled ‘Broken Glass Swan Dive’ can be heard below.
Seriously, this is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. This may or may not be a one-off track, but I’m going to do my part in harassing him to make sure songs like this keep coming. Sockweb is gold and has huge potential, and Joanie is a surprisingly good vocalist and talent like that can’t go to waste.