Sonmi Gear Stolen; Donations Requested


NC band
headed to Camp Bisco and will need fresh equipment to
make the gig.


By Alli Marshall


Asheville-based electronic group Sonmi (already veterans of Moogfest and Bele Chere) played what may have been the
best-attended AHA AVL show last night at Moog Music. It was a stellar
hour-long show including an encore during which the band broke out a new song
they’d composed on the Moog equipment they’d borrowed for the show. Spirits
were high – the performance (which will air later on the Shuffle Magazine
) was a wild success and the band announced the drop of its new record.

All that makes it even more crushing that, following such a fantastic evening,
$2,500 worth of Sonmi’s equipment was stolen, including an 81-key MIDI
controller and a Prophet analog synth. The synthesizer is the biggest blow
because it’s what accounts for the band’s analog components and is, according
to percussionist Dave Mathes, “a huge part of our sound.” Luckily,
the band has its sounds backed up, so those can be plugged into a new module.


The burglary happened in the parking lot of Meadows Apartments – the passenger
side lock of Mike McBride’s (synths/production) car turns out to be defective.
A police report has been filed and Mathes says the band has people checking in
with local pawn shops.

In the mean time, Sonmi needs to replace its equipment ASAP as they’ve been
booked to play Camp Bisco in a month and “need
to be practicing now.” Since the group was already paying off
equipment (including the stolen MIDI
controller) and just financed an album, they’re not in a position to replace
the lost equipment. They will be sending out digital copies of the new album
and, while it’s free, hope that fans will be inspired to make a contribution
through their page.


 Donate to Sonmi’s
secure, online Thief Relief fund at

Any other help with securing replacement equipment or finding the stolen
instruments would be greatly appreciated. Contact through Facebook
and Twitter: @sonmiband.

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