Sonagi is not just another screamo outfit; their approach to the genre uniquely builds off the group's members' musical and personal interests and experiences. Coming from shared and distinct creative and industrial paths in basement and warehouse DIY culture, bike messengering, and working-class city life, the band formed in the summer of 2019 with Ryann Slauson from the band Closer (they/them, vocals,), Harim Jung (they/them, vocals/guitar), Michael Englisis (he/him, bass), and Keean Mansour (he/him, drums).
With a sound that is simultaneously nostalgically angular and chaotic and refreshingly melodic and innovative, Sonagi is the romanization of the Korean word 소나기 which means “sudden showers.” The term is often used to describe brief and heavy rain, usually on hot summer afternoons during the monsoon season. Sonagi is also the title of a culturally significant 1959 short story by writer Han Sung-won about a young couple's love story in the Post-War and Pre-Industrial countryside. Like the fleeting torrential showers and nostalgic story in a haunting setting, Philadephia's Sonagi sonically and lyrically captures the dialectic interchanges between destruction and renewal, grief and recovery.