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New York DIY rockers The So So Glos released their immensely enjoyable fourth LP, Blowout, last October, which means the album's caffeinated Replacements meets Nirvana aesthetic hasn't really been put to the test on a game summer festival crowd. That'll change when the quartet hit Lollapalooza later in August, not as rookies but as seasoned veterans who have finely tuned their formula to press every button associated with fun in our brains.
Case in point, the song they perform for #NextUp, "Son of an American," has the age old punk-rock premise: poking fun at American privilege. It's an idea that's been explored by punk bands for decades, but the So So Glos are refreshingly less indignant in their delivery. Even in a live setting, which some bands use as a playground for darker, more intense modes of expression.
That endless pool of anthemic energy and charisma has a lot to do with the band's ethos. A quick history: three quarters of the band is made up of brothers who dealt with their parents' divorce by going to rock shows around Brooklyn. For some reason or another, in the early noughties, these sorts of small, all-ages shows stopped existing in New York, and when the So So Glos crashed into the scene, they took an active role in the resurgence of the all-ages, DIY music venues that they frequented as adolescents. Speaking to #NextUp, frontman Alex Levine said, "Every live show is like a vacuum of everyone that's there and you give the energy back, and that comes back and it becomes a happening, hopefully." That sounds like a hell of a ride.
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