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Somos – Eternal Yesterday

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Eternal Yesterday” and is lifted from an upcoming tour exclusive cassette tape that includes the second track “Downpour.”  The band is currently supporting their latest album, First Day Back, which is out now via Hopeless Records

Listen to the track here courtesy Consequence Of Sound.

Tours: Somos / Free Throw / High Waisted

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos will be heading on tour with Free Throw and High Waisted later this summer.  Somos will be touring in support of their latest LP, First Day Back, which dropped earlier this year via Hopeless Records

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Somos – Problem Child

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Problem Child” The album is titled, First Day Back, which dropped last month via Hopeless Records

Watch the video below.

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Somos Stream New LP

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has premiered a full stream of their Hopeless Records debut.  The album is titled, First Day Back, which dropped last week.  The band last released Temple Of Plenty in March 2014 via Tiny Engines.

Listen to the full album here.

Somos – Reminded/Weighted Down

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has premiered a new song from their Hopeless Records debut.  The video features the song “Reminded/Weighted Down” and will appear on the album, First Day Back, which is due out February 19, 2016.  The band last released Temple Of Plenty in March 2014 via Tiny Engines.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Somos – Thorn In The Side

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has premiered a new song from their Hopeless Records debut.  The video features the song “Thorn In The Side” and will appear on the album, First Day Back, which is due out February 19, 2016.  The band last released Temple Of Plenty in March 2014 via Tiny Engines.

Watch the video below.

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Somos Detail New Album; Premiere Music Video

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has announced plans for their Hopeless Records debut.  The full length will be titled First Day Back and is due out February 19, 2016.  The band last released Temple Of Plenty in March 2014 via Tiny Engines.

The band has also premiered the official music video for “Alright, I’ll Wait,” which can be viewed below.

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Somos Join Hopeless Records

SomosBoston indie-punk band Somos has signed on with Hopeless Records.  The band last released Temple Of Plenty in March 2014 via Tiny Engines.

Listen to an official statement from the band below.

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Tours: Have Mercy / Transit / Somos / Microwave

Have MercyHave Mercy has announced that they will be hitting the road with Transit, Somos, and Microwave this fall. Presale tickets are now available and include a 7″ of the band’s upcoming new single “Collider.” The band continues to support their latest album, A Place of Our Own, available now via Hopeless Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Live Concert Review

Tigers Jaw / Lemuria / Somos

Live In Vancouver (04/16/15)

Studio East - Vancouver, BC
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It’s a sad fact that all-ages shows are slowly going the way of the dodo bird. It used to be that every touring show that came through town were all-ages with drinking sections; but now it’s rare sight to see – effectively eliminating the youthful crowd from experiencing the sights and sounds of a packed punk crowd. I built my love for music at concerts when I was fifteen and sixteen, singing along with strangers in sold out clubs and there’s nothing I could imagine that would ever come close to replacing that.

So it saddens me that the new generation so rarely gets to experience that joy simply because they’re too young.

With that in mind, it was exciting to seeing a varied crowd at Studio East as Somos, Lemuria and Tigers Jaw played in Vancouver Thursday night. All-ages show help foster an environment of excitement that is sometimes missing from the jaded 19+ shows as it introduces the kids who can’t go to the bar shows to the joys of live music – embedding within them a love of concerts that will hopefully last a life time.

Kicking off the show was Boston’s Somos touring in support of last year’s Temple of Plenty. Their punchy brand of emo was tight throughout, although they were battling a lack of familiarity from the crowd. People were interested and respectful, but the excitement hadn’t hit the fan yet as this served mostly as an introduction to the band for most people. Nevertheless, the set showed a band with promise and in a few years Somos won’t be fighting for familiarity in the scene.

Lemuria were next and considering they’ve played Vancouver numerous times before and are on a slightly larger label (Bridge Nine Records), many in attendance knew the trio this time.  Bouncy when the time called for it, but reserved and delicate even more so, Lemuria were the first band of the night to really get the crowd involved. With three vocalists alternating duties, the crowd dance and popped around while the excitement (felt by both the drinkers and the youngsters) began to build up.

By the time Tigers Jaw were ready, the crowd were bursting and they erupted as soon as the first chord was strung. Despite a recently revamped lineup (three members quit after their recorded Charmer but Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh decided to battle on with a new supporting band), they still sounded spot on. Some were worried as Adam McIlwee’s vocals led several of the band’s highlights, but those concerns were put to rest and the pits opened up, the stage divers flew and people sang along in happiness.

For someone who hasn’t been to an all-ages show in far too long, this was a nice reminder of why there should be more of them. It’s like Against Me! once sang “Just gimme a scene where the music is free /  And the beer is not the life of the party” – you want the music to be the highlight, so that even if you don’t know every word to sing back at the singers, you’ll still be having a damn good time.

Have Mercy and Somos Announce Split, Tours

Have Mercy Somos SplitBaltimore alt-rock outfit Have Mercy and Boston’s Somos have announced a new split, released yesterday via No Sleep Records. The record features 2 tracks from each band, Have Mercy offering  Two Years and a cover of Jackson Browne’s Somebody’s Baby while Somos’ contribution is Streets Upon Streets and an acoustic version of  Domestic. 

The split is streaming in full over at Brooklyn Vegan, and both bands are hitting the road in the spring, check out the full list of dates below.

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Somos – Street Upon Streets

SomosBoston indie rock band Somos has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Streets Upon Streets” and comes from their upcoming split record with Have Mercy, which is due out on No Sleep Records on February 24, 2015. Fans can pre-order the split here.
 
Listen to the song here.

Somos Cancel Tour With Dads

SomosIndie punk band Somos has announced that they will be pulling out of their previously announced tour with Dads.  The band explains that the decision was made for the band to address mental health concerns:

“We have some unfortunate news to share: we are no longer on the February tour with Dads and Roger Harvey. Dropping a tour is a tough thing to do, and I want to be very open about why we came to this decision. I have struggled with anxiety and depression, and it eventually built up to the point where touring in February was daunting and unmanageable. I recently started to get serious about treatment, but we want to have a few months off while I pursue the goal of dramatically improving my mental health.

We plan on continuing to tour and make music, once I take the proper time to address my health. We sincerely apologize to Dads and Roger Harvey, as well as to anyone who bought advance tickets.”

The band released their debut full length, Temple Of Plenty, last year.

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Somos Announce Split With Have Mercy

Somos have MercySomos has announced that they will be releasing a new four-track split with Have Mercy.  The split will drop February 24, 2015 on No Sleep RecordsHave Mercy has premiered their first song from the joint effort, a cover of Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby.” 

Listen to the song here.  Pre-orders are now available

Tours: Somos / Roger Harvey / Dads

DadsDads has announced that they will be touring with Somos and Roger Harvey in the new year.  The band continues to support their most recent full length, I’ll Be The Tornado, released earlier this year on 6131 Records.

Full tour dates are below.

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Sorority Noise / Somos

Split 7"

Bad Timing Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

A short few months after the release of their highly anticipated and well loved full length, Boston indie-punk act Somos has graced listeners with a pair of new tunes in the form of a quick 7” split with Connecticut indie act, Sorority Noise.  While both bands play off one another’s mellow undertones, Somos’ quiet confidence certainly steals the show, although Sorority Noise offers a tranquil second half, even if tame by comparison.

While not quite as impactful as some of Temple Of Plenty’s most striking moments, Somos certainly reminds listeners why their initial debut met with such a glowing response.  “Letters From An Absent Future” combines polished rhythms with warm and easy going vocals.  It’s the sort of “no strings attached” arrangement akin to sitting down with friends and just seeing where the conversation guides you.  There’s no rush to dive into the chorus or return to the verse – just steady, blissful listening through and through.  “Back And Forth” follows its counterpart’s lead, even if never quite achieving the same token melody.

Sorority Noise and their cloudy style takes up the rear with their something of a lethargic combination of Foxing and Dowsing.  The change makes for an initial energy deficit, particularly with “Dobranoc’s” over-before-it-starts crawl, but “Wesleyan’s Best Dressed” soon redeems the EP’s flow for the final track.  With a tight chorus of voices embracing natural pitch and tone variances, the band offers up their best take on steady, upbeat, tunage.  The result feels highly organic, and the balance between bass and sparkling chords hangs strong right until the disc’s final moments.

Taken as a whole, Somos and Sorority Noise’s collective four track effort is both a worthwhile introduction for newcomers and welcome addition for existing fans.  Somos remain the disc’s breakaway draw and Sorority Noise remains slightly in the shadow, but neither’s highs or lows dampen the collaboration’s overriding success.  Even with a slight lull, listeners will leave excited to hear more from these rising artists.

Somos Release Split 7″ With Sorority Noise

SomosSomos and Sorority Noise have released their new split.  The 7″ split is set to drop on November 4, 2014 via Bad Timing Records.  Pre-orders are available on the web store or digitally on Bandcamp.

Listen to all four tracks here.

Somos & Sorority Noise Stream New Split

SomosSomos and Sorority Noise have premiered a full stream of their brand new split EP.  The 7″ split is set to drop on November 4, 2014 via Bad Timing Records.  Pre-orders are available on the web store or digitally on Bandcamp.

Listen to all four tracks here.

Somos – Letters From An Absent Future

SomosSomos has premiered a brand new song from their upcoming split with Sorority Noise.  The track is titled “Letters From An Absent Future” and the 7″ split is set to drop on November 4, 2014 via Bad Timing Records.  Pre-orders are available on the web store or digitally on Bandcamp.

Listen to the song here courtesy AbsolutePunk.

Somos And Sorority Noise Announce Split 7″

SomosSomos and Sorority Noise have announced details for a brand new split.  The 7″ will is set to drop on November 4, 2014 via Bad Timing Records.  Pre-orders are available on the web store or digitally on Bandcamp Somos comments on their contributions:

“We really never stop writing. We’re always emailing each other song ideas, slowly building parts and melodies over time. Then it’s a matter of what comes together in a strong way when we’re all in a room together. For “Letters,” I got inspiration for the title from a statement called “Communique from an Absent Future,” a radical political tract that emerged from student protests in California several years back. The phrase grabbed me, and the lyrical content draws on some of the political and social themes from the statement. With “Back and Forth,” we wanted to write something a bit more circular and trance like, with more layering from the vocals. Sorority Noise put out a really cool album this past year, and we’re excited to team up with them and Bad Timing Records on this release.”

Track listing can be found below.

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Tours: Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Crying / Somos

Modern BaseballPhiladelphia emo punks Modern Baseball has announced details for a full US headlining tour this November and DecemberThe tour will include support from Knuckle Puck, Crying, and Somos on all dates, with select appearances by Foxing, Walter Mitty & His Makeshift Orchestra and Hostage Calm.  The band continues to support their latest effort, You’re Gonna Miss It All, released earlier this year by Run For Cover Records. 

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Video: Somos – Lives Of Others

SomosBoston, MA’s Somos has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Lives Of Others” from their Tiny Engines RecordsTemple Of Plenty, which dropped earlier this year in March.

Check out the full video here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.  September tour dates are below.

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Somos Announce Tour Dates

SomosBoston based group Somos has announced tour dates in support of their debut LP, Temple Of Plenty, which was released in March on Tiny Engines. The full length was recorded with Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger (The Menzingers, Transit, Man Overboard) at Cannon Found Soundation Recording Studios in Union City, NJ. Temple Of Plenty is streaming in full over at Brooklyn Vegan

The band recently unveiled the video for Domestic, which can be seen below. Later this month, Somos will perform a run of shows with I Am the Avalanche and Rust Belt Lights. They will also be playing two of the Riot Fest dates and The Fest in the fall. Full dates can be seen below.

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Lost Tape Collective Release Somos ‘Temple of Plenty’

somos_lost_tapeLost Tape Collective, the label run by New Jersey pop punk band Man Overboard have announced a very limited cassette release of the debut album from Boston punks Somos. There are 100 copies of Temple Of Plenty available on a unique pink/white swirl with the other 50 on plain white cassette. The record is also still available now on all usual formats through Tiny Engines.

Somos are out on tour this summer, check out full dates below:

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Video: Somos – Domestic

SomosBoston, MA’s Somos has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Domestic” from their Tiny Engines RecordsTemple Of Plenty, which dropped earlier this year in March.

Check out the full video here courtesy AltPress.

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Temple Of Plenty

Tiny Engines Records
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Unless you live so far underground that your iPod is filled with four-song demos from little known upstarts, then Boston’s Somos is probably nowhere near your radar.  But their debut full length, Temple Of Plenty, is going to change that.  The Massachusetts quartet has come out of nowhere to deliver one of the year’s biggest surprises and is sure to win over a sizeable fanbase in an equally brief period of time.

Fans of Motion City Soundtrack and Transit will absolutely eat up Somos’ combination of punchy guitars and silky smooth vocals.  Michael Fiorentino glides through each octave with just the right blend of levelheaded authority and finesse; accompanying guitars evolve from a sparkling glow into poppy spikes and sharp hooks.  From the first note listeners will know they’re privy to something special.

“Familiar Theme” rolls out the welcome mat as guitarists Phil Haggerty and Justin Hahn step in and out of the spotlight by interchanging between worlds of complex melody and simplistic power chords.  The effect prefaces the heightened attitude of “Domestic” in which Fiorentino’s emotional vocals speak with accented volume in the passage “why’d you have to have to age and go cynical… prey on the defenseless, call it strength of the lowest order.”  As the chorus weaves into a late song bridge, Evan Deges’ drums crash hard while guitars diverge into a spangled layer that cushions each lyric’s restrained anger.  Imagine if Everyone Everywhere had backed Taking Back Sunday but Joe Boynton (Transit) had stood in as frontman and you’d be getting close.

But Temple Of Plenty only truly takes flight upon landing the chorus of “Dead Wrong.”  Somos’ power unveils itself when the song hits the apex of its ear-grabbing chorus.  Easily standing shoulder to shoulder with any seasoned act, “Dead Wrong” is just the right combination of catchy and complex, technical but inviting, and most importantly, instantly accessible.

The album maintains this momentum right from “Lives of Others” through “Before You Merge” with the band making time for all sorts of sights along the way.  For example, “Distorted Vision’s” somewhat jarring chord selections and album closer “Before You Merge’s” pseudo-anthemic close-out offers yet another example of how Somos tightly tie everything together.

The talent scouts behind Tiny Engines are among the best and most passionate in the business.  While they often sign promising bands early in their careers only to have them snapped up by a combination of indie labels like No Sleep Records soon thereafter, Somos is a remarkable catch boasting a debut typically reserved for a band’s third of forth career release.  Much more than the sum of its parts, you can bet Temple Of Plenty is going to earn plenty of play time in the months ahead.  And while not a “summer album” per se, Somos have a crafted a feel good collection of nine songs are sure to brighten your life.

Somos Full Album Stream

SomosBoston, MA’s Somos has launched a full albums stream of their upcoming new full length.  Their Tiny Engines Records debut will be titled Temple Of Plenty and is due out March 25, 2014.

Listen to the full album here.

Somos – Distorted Vision

SomosBoston, MA’s Somos has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Distorted Vision” and s set to appear on their upcoming Tiny Engines Records debut.  The band is still aiming for an early 2014 window.

Listen to the song here.  The band will be heading on a spring tour; dates are available below.

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Sumos – Dead Wrong

sumosBoston, MA’s Somos has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Dead Wrong” and is from their upcoming ful length, Temple Of Plenty, which is set for a March 2014 release on Tiny Engines and available for pre-order.  The band recorded the album with with Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger (The Menzingers, Transit, Man Overboard) at Cannon Found Soundation Recording Studios in Union City, NJ.

Listen to the new track here.

Somos Sign With Tiny Engines

SomosBoston, MA’s Somos has signed on with Tiny Engines Records.  The has been hard at work in the studio with with Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger (The Menzingers, Transit, Man Overboard) at Cannon Found Soundation Recording Studios and expects to finish  up their debut LP.  The band is aiming for an early 2014 window.

Current media for the band includes a free four song 2012 demo available on Bandcamp.