Brooklyn punks The So So Glos are taking time out from building all-age venues in New York City, buying buses, and punching one another in the face in order to release a brand new EP. On October 12th, the group will drop Low Back Chain Shift via Green Owl. Consisting of five tracks, the effort was recorded at Rare Book Room by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Fiery Furnaces, Animal Collective).
And with the new release comes a batch of North American tour dates. The So So Glos are currently out on the road and will play a number of dates with The Futureheads as well as a date with The Coathangers, Woven Bones, and Carnivores. No rest for the truly punk, it seems.
The four piece comprises blood brothers (Alex and Ryan Levine), a step-brother (Zach Staggers), and a spiritual brother (Matt Elkin). These guys have previously built their own all-ages venue, Market Hotel, after becoming frustrated with New York’s over-21 gig culture. Parties were hosted, the band slept there, and there was a massive brawl. Since its closure, a new venue and HQ has been built, Shea Stadium.
After their self-released 2007 eponymous debut, The So So Glos purchased their own tour bus to take them on a U.S. tour. As well as buying their own transport and opening up gigs to the under 21’s of New York City, the band have played in fans’ kitchens, at scene fundraisers, and traditional venues alike. The brothers Levine also occasionally beat the hell out of each other. One fight left singer Alex’s jaw wired shut.
Whether by self-financed bus or not, The So So Glos are on the road as we speak. Scheduled to play San Diego, CA on October 4th, the tour will then move onto Los Angeles before heading for dates in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Austin amongst others. The tour will conclude with an appearance at the Force Field PR CMJ Showcase in New York, NY on October 20th.
All necessary information can be found below.
Low Back Chain Shift Tracklist:
01. Fred Astaire
02. Live Like TV
03. New Stance
04. Here Comes the Neighborhood
05. Lindy Hop
The So S0 Glos 2010 Tour Dates:
10/04 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah #
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour #
10/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
10/09 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre #
10/11 – Dallas, TX @ Loft #
10/12 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s #
10/16 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl %
10/22 – New York, NY @ Pianos (Force Field PR CMJ Showcase)
# = w/ Futureheads
% = w/ The Coathangers, Woven Bones, Carnivores