Sonner Shines at The Lubetkin Theatre

New north east band Sonner, hoping to hit the big time, played The Lubetkin Theatre at East Durham College on Saturday.

Jackie Owens, the East Durham College Staff Events Secretary wanted to put on a band night for staff and as luck would have it a colleague knew some of the Sonner band members, so set it up.

Paul Watson, 26, Mick Corkhill, 26, Gareth Ord, 24, and Gary Partridge, 24, formed the band Sonner in 2007 and recently released their debut single Timechanger.

Gareth said: “The new theatre is a great venue and we really enjoyed putting the gig on. It was a great atmosphere.”

Mick and Gareth got to know each other working in a factory in Peterlee and met drummer Gary Partridge by chance at Sunderland nightclub Independent. Frontman Paul then joined and a short time later, Gareth’s friend signed up to play bass.

Gareth added: “We would describe our music as an expression of the area we grew up in, born in the aftermath of miners’ strikes and growing up as the heart was ripped out of our communities. Our songs reflect fear, anger, frustration, hope and belief for the everyday man.”

The band signed to PMP records five months ago. PMP founder Karl Bavin said: “Sonner contacted me via Myspace saying that they’d had airplay on Steve Lamacq’s radio show, so I listened to Timechanger and after about 10 seconds I got a shiver."