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New Music: Alexander Orange Drink (of So So Glos) streams “Normalize” from upcoming solo debut “Babel On”

Here’s some brand new music to kick off the weekend!

If you’re like me and you’ve been kinda bummer since The So So Glos hit the “PAUSE” button on their career after their last album (the obscenely stellar Kamikaze), this should get you fired up. SSG lead vocalist/songwriter/bass player Alex Zarou Levine, has not only been working on his debut solo album, but it’s ready for release later this year!

Written and recorded under the moniker Alexander Orange Drink – a reference to the medication he’s had to take since birth to combat the rare and life-threatening disorder Homocystinuria – Levine’s eight-song Babel On is due out September 28th. It was written in the period of time after the So So Glos went on hiatus and, simultaneously, their home venue, Shea Stadium, was forced to shutter for the last time. To whet your appetite for what’s coming, Babel On‘s lead single, “Normalize,” is now streaming, and in typical So So Glos fashion, it’s fun and different and has a pretty hypnotic groove to it. Check it out below.

You can pre-order and pre-save Babel On through Spotify or iTunes. Stay tuned for more on this one.



Music Video: The So So Glos – “Missionary”

Four-piece Brooklyn-based punk outfit The So So Glos have released a new music video for their song “Missionary.”

You can check it out below.

“Missionary” comes from the bands’ latest full length Kamikaze, which was released on Votiv back on May 20th.



DS Photo Gallery: The So So Glos, Big Ups, Honduras and Today Junior – Great Scott, Boston, MA (6/25/16)

The dynamic Brooklyn-based four piece otherwise known as The So So Glos brought their month-long tour in support of their near-flawless new album, Kamikaze, to a close in Boston last weekend. The five-ish week tour found the band starting and ending in the northeast, circumnavigating most of the country in the process. While it may stand to reason that such a 32-date trek would leave a band drained by the closing night (particularly having played in their own back yard on the tour’s penultimate stop), what happened on the stage at Great Scott on the evening in question was nothing short of an exercise in unity and raw energy.

The Glos kicked off their headline set with the Kamikaze’s first two tracks, the extraordinarily infectious “Dancing Industry” and the scattered, rhythmic “A.D.D. Life,” in that order, setting a rather lofty bar for themselves in the process, particularly as yours truly finds those to be two of the strongest tracks anybody has released this year. In no way, shape, or form, however, did the band lose any steam at any real point throughout the night, and in typical “sweaty punk show” fashion, they seemed to draw heavily from the solid-but-not-sold-out crowd. While Kamikaze (like much of the Glos output) speaks in the language of cautionary tales surrounding the younger generations trending toward isolation by way of increasing reliance on glowing, four-inch screens, So So Glos shows are all about celebrating love and unity and pulling in the same direction. Frontman Alex Levine invited the crowd to form a circle at one point, but not a swirling mass of humanity that is your typical circle pit. Instead, the invitation was to form an almost Soul Train-style area where people could come dance and let lose and get weird.

The bulk of the set pulled from Kamikaze, and with good reason, as it probably best represents what sets the Glos apart from a lot of other bands. The songs are varied in style, sound and structure, each with its own different way of inspiring a crowd to sing and move in chaotic unison. Drummer Zach Staggers provides rock steady backbeat and does so with the nonchalant, quiet swagger of a hip hop drummer. That leaves plenty of room for dueling guitarists Ryan Levine and Davey Jones to take chances in both rhythm and lead duties (with Jones typically handling the lion’s share of the lead parts). In what can always be seen as a wonderful sign for a band, the just-released album’s material seemed to be well-known and well-loved by the crowd, a sign that not everyone is just there to hear “Blowout.” The evening’s closing number found the Glos inviting all members of all of the evening’s opening bands (as well as recent tourmates The Dirty Nil, who were across town opening for Flag earlier in the evening) on stage for a massive singalong. Not your typical punk rock show, yet the So So Glos aren’t your typical punk rock band.

Big Ups

Direct support on this leg of the tour came from fellow New Yorkers Big Ups. The self-proclaimed “punctual punk, nerdcore” four piece present one of the more captivating live shows going right now, with the angular, at times unpredictable and aggressive starts and stops of the music paired nicely with an equally frenetic live show that centers around frontman Brendan Finn who can best be described only as inimitable: part Ian Mackaye, part Henry Rollins, part lizard, part silverback gorilla.

Local openers Today Junior were a bit of a pleasant surprise. They were admittedly long on my “heard of but never actually heard” list, and in hindsight I’m ashamed of that fact. The three-piece (which centers around guitar/vocalist and drummer brothers Harry and Mike O’Toole) are best described as an indie rock band that does remarkable job of recreating the sort of raw, unencumbered mid-90s glory days of the genre (let’s just say they’d have sounded great on Taang! Records back in the day). They were followed by Honduras, another “heard of but never heard” band that I’m ashamed to have overlooked. The four piece have a rather compelling and unique mix of influences, a sort of atmospheric, shoe-gazey vibe run through an almost-unhinged post hardcore filter. Check them out here, by the way.

Check out our full photo gallery from the cathartic evening below.



New Video: The So So Glos – “Dancing Industry”

The four-piece Brooklyn-based punk outfit known as my favorite band of the moment (and perhaps better known by their traditional name, The So So Glos), have debuted the latest music video for a track from their latest full-length, Kamikaze. The video is for the album’s opening track, “Dancing Industry,” and it was shot in pretty awesome fashion: guerrilla-style on a New York City subway train. Check it out below.

Kamikaze was released on Votiv back on May 20th.



Album Review: The So So Glos – “Kamikaze”

Every once in an what seems to be an exceedingly-rare while, an album ends up in your inbox and from the very moment you push “play” on the first track, grabs hold of you, forces you to listen, and doesn’t let up until you’ve spent the better part of a thirty-six hour period stuck in a vortex, poring over any and every detail of the album with fine-toothed comb. It’s with that run-on, but I promise you not hyperbolic, sentence that we begin our discussion of The So So Glos latest album, Kamikaze.

We should have seen this coming. The last album released by the Brooklyn (Bay Ridge, to be precise) based four piece, 2013’s Blowout, was regarded by many as one of the best albums of that particular year; solidifying the band’s penchant for fun hooks and earnest lyrics. But KamikazeKamikaze obliterates any of the parameters that might have been keeping The So So Glos tied to any one particular scene or one specific sound. It’s not doubt played out cliche to refer to an album or a song (or anything, really) as ‘next level,’ but it does truly feel like that’s what we’re dealing with here.

Kamikaze-opener “Dancing Industry” a three-minute whirlwind of a song centered around one of the more infectious, uptempo guitar riffs and sing-songy pre-choruses that you’ll hear in modern day punk rock. The chorus finds bassist/frontman Alex Levine insisting that “this ain’t no party that I’m starting/it’s a dancing industry,” and while the entirety of the album begs to be played loud and sounds like a party, you can’t help but think that he’s right. The album’s lead single, “A.D.D. Life,” follows, and sounds exactly like you’d expect a song called “A.D.D. Life” to sound…frantic, catchy, filled with false stops and sudden starts, chaotic lyrics that don’t always seem like they quite fit into standard beats-per-measure formulas. Like the rest of the album, if feels at times like it’s teetering on the edge of falling wildly off the rails, but it repeatedly pulls itself together in fun, energetic and tightly-wound fashion.

The remainder of the appropriately-named Kamikaze never really lets up, though it also never really seems to decide what it wants to be. “Going Out Swinging” and “Inpatient” are more upbeat, lo-fi dance-inducing tracks, albeit without the catchy riff of “Dancing Industry.” “Devils Doing Handstands” is somewhat pop-inspired, but still very much an indie punk track (think Tiny Engines releases). “Magazine” circles around another bombastic opening around a frenetic riff and a gang-chant chorus (though it could stand to be a couple minutes longer). “Sunny Side,” meanwhile, revolves around a descending acoustic chord structure that borders on being haunting at times, particularly when offset by cello and Levine’s borderline falsetto at times, at times giving an “A Day In The Life” feel, admittedly not the only Beatles-inspired moments on the album (see: “Down The Tubes,” and also, you should look up The Beatles, kids…they were a good band). It leads directly into “Kings County II Ballad of a So So Glo,” another anthemic track with a seriously catchy riff and singalong chorus.

At its highest moments (and there really aren’t any lows in this writer’s opinion), Kamikaze is a cathartic album in the truest sense of the word. To paraphrase Ben Nichols singing about Cory Branan, Levine has a way with words that can bring the listener to his or her knees, although the listener is going to dance his or her ass off in the process. Equal parts smart, witty and insightful, Levine seems comfortable processing feelings of chaos and confusion, frustration and apathy on the page; references to racing minds and the medications that control them abound. However, Levine seems to mention the despair without wallowing in it, knowing that at some level, we’re all in it together, so we might as well say “fuck it” and have a good time. By the time album closer “Missionary” and its “nothing’s gonna stand in my way/Nothing’s gonna hold me down” chorus comes along, we seem to reached a point of commitment to move forward, or at least r=to be resigned to the fact that it was all in our heads all along…

In and of itself, Kamikaze doesn’t really sound like anything else, at least not from start to finish. It’s at once an amalgam of a bunch of different influences from a bunch of different decades of music history (some mentioned above, some that you’ll have to hear for yourselves) that somehow comes out of the sausage grinder as something uniquely its own. Equal parts lo-fidelity and great sounding, it could probably be argued, then, that what Kamikaze does sound like is the shape of punk rock to come.

Kamikaze is being released on Votiv on May 20th, and shouldn’t be missed. Get it here.



Full Album Stream: The So So Glos – “Kamikaze”

Brooklyn-based four-piece (and my favorite band of the moment) The So So Glos are streaming their upcoming full-length, “Kamikaze,” in all its glory to whet your appetite for the pending release. Check it out here.

“Kamikaze” is being self-released by the band this coming Friday (May 20th). If you haven’t pre-ordered it, do so here. Dying Scene’s review will be up shortly, but rest assured, it’s stellar.

“Kamikaze” serves as follow-up to The So So Glos’ last full length release, 2013’s “Blowout.”



The So So Glos (rock/punk) announce North American tour w/ The Dirty Nil, Big Ups

New York City rockers The So So Glos have announced a full North American tour with The Dirty Nil and Big Ups. Check out all the dates/locations, along with the tour poster, below.

The tour starts May 19th, one day before the band’s new album, Kamikaze is due out. You can listen to a track from the album here, and pre-order a copy right here.

The So So Glos last released a full-length album in 2013, titled Blowout.



The So So Glos stream new song “Missionary” from upcoming album “Kamikaze”

Brooklyn four-piece rockers The So So Glos are streaming another new song off of their upcoming album Kamikaze. The track is called “Missionary” and it looks like it will be the 12th track on the record, rounding out the highly anticipated release. You can listen to the track below.

Kamikaze is scheduled for release on May 20th through Votive. It will serve as a follow-up to the group’s 2013 full-length Blowout. 



The So So Glos debut new track, “A.D.D. Life,” from upcoming album “Kamikaze”

Brooklyn-based four-piece The So So Glos (who have been criminally neglected by websites such as this for far too long), have finally debut the lead single from their upcoming album, “Kamikaze.” The new track is called “A.D.D. Life,” and it is pretty goddamn catchy from the first listen. Check it out below.

“Kamikaze” is due out this spring via Votiv Records, and serves as the follow-up to their last album, “Blowout.”