Saturday, October 3, 2015

The So So Glos Blowout Turns Up The Punk Rock Discount Bin Without Worry

The So So Glos come at you fast. They are the type of band that has so many records, they get thrown into the punk rock discount bin. That’s not bad. I found some incredible 7” vinyl in these clearance bins. Funny thing, that’s where I first discovered Blink 182’s “Cheshire Cat”. With the 2014 release of “Blowout” This band of misfits, assuming they aren’t PHD students, put down 11 tracks of punk rock iconography that is going to get your feet tapping. If the band is pursuing a PHD, maybe they aren't misfits. Or maybe they are, what do I know? I'm just a dude trying to review a record.

All kidding aside, “Blowout” is a garage punk recording that features a lot of that DIY spirit. You can hear it from the fuzz and noise that comes through the recording. It is not polished and it’s not a million dollar recording, but it doesn’t have to be. It shouldn’t be. The band goes through the songs in such a manner that you get the full passion of what they are doing. From the heavy bass to the three chord standard design, to the vocals that aren’t quite sung, aren’t quite screamed, you get a sincere attempt to recreate the same nuance that The Ramones did decades ago.

While this isn’t like The Ramones in stature, it’s a good balance between old school punk rock and pop punk that proliferates a lot of 90s radio. Anyone listening to the record can definitely see that the guys here are putting out some quality tunes. With songs like “Son of An American”, “Diss Town”, “Wrecking Ball”, “Lost Weekend”, and “All of the Time”, this is a great calculated record. It has a lot to offer and it is not rushed. It takes time to go through the songs.

The So So Glos is a band you need to listen to, if you like punk. It’s raw, it’s fast at times, it’s slower at others, but it’s sincere in pushing that punk rock ethos that you know and love. Or rather, I know and love. This is a great record.

Do yourself a favor and pick up “Blowout” here, or anywhere for that matter.

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