Low Back Chain Shift

The So So Glos


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2010, Green Owl Records

VINYL FORMAT. Meet the So So Glos. Theirs is a New York story, not in the "only in. . ." sense - despite their unusual beginnings - but in the way that New York's story is about inclusion amidst tumult, about embracing both dark days and bright nights, about politics being personal and doing it yourself. They are, literally, a band of brothers. Singer-bassist Alex and guitarist Ryan Levine were raised under the same Brooklyn roof. Drummer Zach Staggers became their stepbrother at the age of 4, and lived nearby anyway - they'd gone to preschool together and founded their own protopunk "Bad Boys Club." Guitarist Matt Elkin arrived in 2007, one year after the band formed, a long-lost sibling in spirit whose induction to the fraternity was immediate and complete. And in their four years, the Glos have cut a brash creative swath through their native city that includes three records made, two all-ages venues founded, and at least one jaw broken. The Glos self-released their eponymous debut (reissued by Green Owl in 2008), a diverse collection of grungy, Ramones-influenced bangers. Next the foursome collaborated with famed promoter Todd P. to found all-ages D.I.Y. venue the Market Hotel, which they moved into and helped build by hand. Their next album, 2008's Tourism/Terrorism, was recorded in a sleepless week on an actual budget, and yielded not only comparisons to peers like the Libertines, but a pair of high energy, grit-caked hits - "My Block" and "Throw Your Hands Up" - that illustrated a glimpse into the born New Yorkers' ethos: the only constant in the city is change, which is a reflection of the world at large. October brings a fresh EP recorded at the Rare Book Room by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Fiery Furnaces, Animal Collective). Naturally, it's named Low Back Chain Shift, after a distinct facet of the New York drawl.



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