The So So Glos are big believers in the punk and the DIY movement. Comprised of brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, step-brother Zach Staggers and childhood friend Matt Elkin, The So So Glos are actually much more known for their pioneering activities within the Brooklyn New York DIY landscape than their actual music. Having founded and established the all-ages venue The Market Hotel in Brooklyn and much later, the recording space/performing venue Shea Stadium, The So So Glos have done much to keep the DIY spirit alive and well in Brooklyn.
For these and all their other activities, it became easy to forget the music The So So Glos produce. The band came out with their eponymous record back in 2007. Since then, it has been a long, arduous journey to get to the second record. Between curating and maintaining the various venues and constant touring with good friends Titus Andronicus, The So So Glos barely had time to record a proper follow-up.
But now the band is ready to be back in the spotlight. Blowout, their sophomore album bares all the hallmarks of a (im)proper punk record. Skitzy and frivolous, Blowout sounds like four guys blaring out their guitars and shouting at the top of their lungs with barely any care in the word. As it should be. Filled with easy hooks and melodies, the songs go hand in hand with drunken sing-a-longs and messed-up parties.
The So So Glos are coming to St Louis. They’ll be opening for Titus Andronicus on Cinco de Mayo at Off Broadway (tickets here)
Watch the nostalgic home-made video of the The So So Glos in their younger days in Son of an American embedded below.
So So Glos – Blowout comes out 4/23 via Shea Stadium (order here)