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Welcome to the Sonar Group website. we are a family run independent record and publishing company based in Coventry, UK. We have been established here for over 30 years and have a back catalogue of local artists on vinyl and CD.

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Congratulations on Coventry being the next CITY OF CULTURE in 2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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Another drum session with the boys Josh and Jake at Big Sky - great night as usual ... See MoreSee Less

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In the studio recording more tracks ... See MoreSee Less

Standard drum session photo... Jake is playing session on 7 tracks tonight!

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We've got Michael Shepherd playing session on a record for Cary this evening! Sonar Records Group

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RIP Tom Petty - I remember seeing him back in the day on the old grey whistle test. Classic songs..
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Saturday Oct 14th at the Coventry music museum! Dave pepper will be interviewed and playing a couple of songs acoustic, One from the past, and one of the latest self composed. He will be talking about all....Xcerts, Team23, Xcerts(change of line up)Courtiers of Fashion, I, Bltzkrieg zone, Usa, Dave Pepper band(see pic) ... See MoreSee Less

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Crokodile Tears has a show on 2017-09-07 at 12:00 @ Outside the Rose Comm… in Coventry, WAR

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  • Find your Sonar Artists on Apple Music
  • Cary is in the studio this week with a Ukulele player to nail down her latest track
  • Don’t forget to stream the Sonar playlist in Spotify
  • Blush track ‘Groundhog Day’ was played on Radio 1;
  • Cary working on new tracks at Big Sky Studio with Josh producing and Jake drumming;

  • She’s The Leader facebook page had some new visitors;
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  • Video of the month – Mysterious Monks – Money Lender

  • Our new website has been launched!;
  • Cary L is in the studio recording some new tracks for the Summer!
  • Mysterious Monks release new album ‘Viva Voce’ available through our vinyl and CD store;
  • Crokodile Tears play the Godiva Festival;
  • Martin Bowes from Coventry Band Attrition is compiling a special album to celebrate the Coventry Music Museum

The Sonar Group

The Sonar Group

We are a family run independent Record and Music Publishing company based in Coventry, England.  Established for over 30 years we have a catalogue of predominantly Coventry based artists.  To celebrate our 25 year anniversary in 2009 we released a compilation album (Sonar Music – 25 years)  and Chris Sidwell (Crokodile Tears) put together a press release for the album which explains it all…..

Plumbing the depths of Sonar Records – 2009

Liverpool had the Cavern Club and Ringo Starr but here in Coventry we had Cabin Studios and Robin Hill.  

It’s hard to believe that we’ve now had over 25 years of Sonar Music and indeed Cabin Studios and that’s all thanks largely to one man, Jon Lord (but not the one in Deep Purple as he always reminds us!) Producer Paul Sampson who has also been at the Cabin from the start crops up a lot on these tracks and is well known for his work with Catatonia and the Primitives along with many others.

Gdansk take their name from a place far, far away. ‘Stand up’ is taken from their first E. P. and feature the Cunningham (Cov’s very own Gallagher?) brother and are still gigging today. This might make Gdansk one of the longest running of the ‘new wave’ of Cov. bands (post Lft. Pigeon).

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Sonar Artists

Mysterious Monks

Sonar artists Mysterious  Monks hail from Coventry and have a mysterious, yet interesting history.

Graham Wale (keyboards, lead vocalist and composer) and Jon Lord. (lyricist and lead vocals) have been meeting every week to write songs together for over 45 years. They have released 4 CD albums on our Psalm Reader record label available to purchase through the sonar shop.

Crokodile Tears

The Croks have been releasing product on dodgy Ticket records since the beginning. See the homepage for latest news. The Croks have some vinyl offerings and CD products available from the Sonar Shop.

Read more history of the Croks on here
Find out what they are up to here here

Cary L

Cary has been releasing product on Sonar records since the beginning under various names including Blush and Cary L all available from the Sonar Shop. See her own page for more details.

The Sweethearts

Coventry’s hip duo take their influences from American sitcom ‘Laverne and Shirley’ for the immensely catchy ‘Laverne I Love You’. Once this gets into your head you won’t get rid of it.

The Sweethearts have an EP ‘Rock Happy with the Sweethearts’ and the single ‘Laverne I Love you’ available from the Sonar shop

Furious Apples

Much loved Coventry band fronted by Greg Crabb with his brother on guitar.


Courtiers of fashion

Dave Pepper – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar

Paul Johnston – Drums, Keyboards

Karen Ellett – Vocals

Coventry guitarist/singer/songwriter, Dave Pepper played guitar with Coventry punk band the X-Certs, who began life in 1978 and lasted for 3 years. Between leaving the X-Certs and starting up his biggest band in the U.K (Blitzkrieg Zone), Dave flirted with several musical styles,  one of which was the new romanticism of ‘Courtiers of fashion’.  This is a very rare recording originally released in 1983, the first record on the Sonar record label now available as vinyl or download.


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Retail Shop

Retail Shop

Welcome to our retail shop. We sell physical vinyl and CD’s from our Sonar Artists -and can ship Worldwide. Please click on the link below

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