Sonar Records Group based in the UK

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Welcome to the Sonar Group. 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 several labels – Sonar Records, Frantic Records, Psalm Reader Records, and Dodgy Ticket Records and have a catalogue of local artists on vinyl and CD. We have a webshop on bandcamp.

You can see us at The Coventry Music Museum   or hear us on spotify – search for Sonar Group Playlist or Mysterious Monks Music and check out the SonarRecordsGroup YouTube channel for latest videos

Latest – April 2024 “Heroes of The Night Vol 2”
From the amazing reach of facebook in 2023 I was contacted by a record company based in New York. They were interested in a track my band had recorded in the eighties as L’Homme De Terre for a compilation album. The track ‘Get A Grip’ was originally recorded for an EP “Boys and girls come out to play”. This was financed by each band who appeared on the EP and we travelled over to Sinewave Studio in Birmingham set up and played the track live.  The album has now been released on vinyl and we made the front cover. I think I was about 18 years old and pre blonde days.  This song was written by Jon Lord and Graham Wale.

The sequel without equal:  the second installment in the “Heroes Of The Night” compilation universe is now here!  Picking up exactly where the first volume left off and featuring a cast of twelve of the best and scarcest D.I.Y., powerpop, punk and new wave 45 tracks from the likes of JACKIE, L’HOMME DE TERRE, BRENDA PRESCOTT, AQUILA and more.  Something for the girl with everything or the boy who thinks he’s heard everything, “Heroes Of The Night” Volume 2 continues Reminder Records’ campaign to showcase the talents of post-punk’s female musical innovators and pioneers.


Cary has been back into Big Sky Studio to start work on her third album.  This is her first all country album with 14 original songs  in ‘the can’ awaiting mixing and with extra help from various musicians across the globe on this one – Steve Giddings plays lap steel on a few of the tracks and Nashville based McMillan brothers contribute banjo, harmonica and fiddle.


The Monks have been working on a new album of original songs and this has now been released. Arcanum Monachis is the latest work from the monks, 11 original tunes in the monks usual style. 

JULY 2019

Cary L has her track ‘Single Bed’ on the latest ‘ALTERNATIVE SOUNDS VOL III’  available from Bandcamp or Head Records in Leamington spa.


Get the ‘Alternative Sounds – volume Two’ from here – support Coventry artists!

Cary L track ‘Single Bed’ from her new album ‘Only The Night Knows’ is the featured song for August on HILLZFM. The album ‘Only The Night Knows’ is on heavy rotation on the Keith Fabrique show!!

JULY 2018

Cary L album featured on Keith Fabrique’s rock show  the recently released ‘Only the Night Knows’  whose Blush track “Seven Years” is on “Volume Two” of the alternative sounds anthology.  Keith played four tracks from the album: “Love On Ice”, “Single Bed” “Only the Night Knows” & “Get A Grip” Both “Single Bed” and “Get a Grip” have also been recorded by Cary’s 1990s band Viktoria’s Sekrets and of course “Get A Grip” is on the 1980 ‘Boys & Girls Come Out to Play’ EP performed by her first band L’Homme de Terre. Those of you who came to our event on Friday will have heard Cary perform both the latter songs, “Single Bed” as a duet with co-writer Christopher Sidwelll

Several video clips available on Cary’s page

The new album by Cary L – Only The Night Knows – is now available in the Sonar shop.

JUNE 2018

We now have the fantastic ‘Alternative sounds Volume 2’ CD in our mitts!  What an amazing job these guys have done – So much history here – we are proud to be associated with this and look forward to more of the same !!  Available for digital download or as a physical CD

Alt Sounds Volume 2 with 3 Sonar artists
Alt Sounds Volume 2 with 3 Sonar artists
MAY 2018

02/05 Just listened to HILLZFM and Keith Fabrique’s interview – a mega 7 parter – Keith played a selection of tracks from ‘Mysterious Monks’, ‘The Sweethearts’, ‘Blush’ and ‘Cary L’  in-between stories from Jon and Cary reminiscing over the years and talking about the up and coming release of The Alternative Sounds Compilation CD Volume 2.

APRIL 2018

Finished our ‘father and daughter’ interview with the fabulous Keith Fabrique at Tinkle studio.  We talked about the Mysterious Monks, Blush, Cary L, L’Homme De Terre, Cabin Studio and the general Coventry scene back in the eighties. Lots of memories and we have two tracks on the new  Alternative Sounds – VOLUME 2   – Looking forward to hearing it on Hillz fm due to be broadcast on 2nd May 2018.

Cary is contributing to a book being written by Keith Hancock (Mosquitoes, DT’s) about the Leamington and Warwick music scene

3 months of the year gone already and April sees ‘ALTERNATIVE SOUNDS VOL 2’ line up completed. Sonar artists Courtiers of Fashion, Mysterious Monks and Blush appear on this volume and it is down to the hard work of Martin Bowes and Andy Holdcroft that this project has come together.  These compilation albums are a historical voice for Coventry bands reflecting the scene back in the day – it wasn’t just all about the ska you know!     Alternative Sounds – VOLUME 2

  • 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;
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Updated 05/06/2024
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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 fascinating history with the Sonar label.

Graham Wale (keyboards, lead vocals, composer) and Jon Lord (lyricist and lead vocals) met every week to write songs together for over 45 years. They have released 5 CD albums on our Psalm Reader record label available to purchase through the sonar shop.  Read more about them here.

Crokodile Tears

Coventry artists The Croks have been releasing product on dodgy Ticket records since the beginning. See the homepage for latest news.

Read more history of the Croks and find out what they are up to here.  THE TREES is a new project from Chris Sidwell.

Cary L

Cary has had a varied musical career since forming ‘L’Homme De Terre’ and releasing product on Sonar records since the beginning.  Blush and Cary L albums are now all available from the Sonar Shop as downloads or physical CD’s.   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.  Read more about the duo here.

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

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.

20 Days

Brilliant underrated new wave Coventry band – read more

The Sonar Music 25th Anniversary Album

2009 saw the anniversary of the Sonar Records Group of labels set up by Jon Lord.  We decided to see if any of the bands that had released product on the labels would like to get together for a gig and guess what….they did!

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