The So So Glos
|The So So Glos|
Performing at a punk space in Portland, Oregon (2010)
|Origin||Bay Ridge, Brooklyn|
|Genres||Punk rock, Indie Rock|
The So So Glos are a punk rock band formed in 2007 in Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Alex Levine (vocals, bass), Ryan Levine (guitar, vocals), Matt Elkin (guitar, vocals) and Zach Staggers (drums, vocals). They have toured the U.S. and Europe extensively on their own and have supported a wide range of acts. They are also recognized for their active participation in the all-ages music venues of New York City and the DIY movement in general.
Brothers Alex and Ryan Levine are originally from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, as well as Zach Staggers whom Ryan met in pre-school. Through divorces and remarriages, Zach became their step-brother and they began playing music at a very early age.  Singer/bassist Alex Levine was born with the rare metabolic disorder homocystinuria and lacks the proper enzyme to digest protein, which has affected his dietary habits nearly his entire life. Over the course of their childhood, the three brothers moved around the New York metropolitan area quite frequently, yet always devoted time to writing and playing music together.
They adopted their current name in 2007 and self-released their eponymous debut that same year. The album was recorded in a series of after-hour sessions at a Staten Island studio with childhood friend and producer Adam Reich. Guitarist Matt Elkin joined the band in October 2007 shortly before their first cross-country tour. Upon returning to New York, they co-founded an all-ages venue in Brooklyn named The Market Hotel with DIY show promoter Todd P.  The band helped construct The Market Hotel in spring 2008 and formerly resided there in between touring.
The So So Glos released their EP, Tourism / Terrorism, in fall 2008 through Warner subsidiary Green Owl Records. Consisting of nine tracks, the EP received an A- from Robert Christgau and won the "Best Punk Album" category of the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards. After several D.I.Y. tours of the U.S. in support of the album, the band toured Europe as an opening act for ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
During the summer of 2009, along with producer Adam Reich, the band established an all-ages performance space/recording studio in Brooklyn called Shea Stadium. They toured the U.S. and Canada for six weeks with Titus Andronicus (band)  and embarked on their second European tour (supporting the Virgins) shortly afterwards.
The So So Glos officially parted with the Green Owl label after signing legal documents onstage during one of their sets at Shea Stadium.
Blowout, the band's most recent album, was released on April 23, 2013. The record was the group's most acclaimed release yet, and received inclusions on the Top 50 Albums of 2013 lists for Rolling Stone and Consequence of Sound.  In support of the album, the band toured with Titus Andronicus (band), Desaparecidos (band), and Diarrhea Planet.
- The So So Glos (2007)
- Tourism / Terrorism (2008)
- Low Back Chain Shift (2010)
- Blowout (2013)
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