The So So Glos

The So So Glos

The So So Glos


Votiv Music

There’s a feeling of urgency in The So So Glos sound, and even more so in the insistent vocals of frontman Levi Zaru (Aleksander), like they’re racing against time to say everything it is that they need to say. Whether it’s venting their frustration at their generation’s distracted existence (“A.D.D. Life”), criticizing the shady side of the music industry (“Fool On The Street'”), or confessing bouts with depression and time spent in a mental institution (“Inpatient”) this proud to be Brooklyn band is a band on a mission. Yet somehow they’ve managed to make their ideologies punchy, fun, and even dancey.

“Dancing Industry” could have been a Springsteen hit in his Glory Days. “Going Out Swingin’,” a praise-the-underdog party song inspired by the NY Mets vibes like a balmy night at the ballpark drunk on cheap beer and sick on hot dogs, but – ya know – in the best kind of way. “Cadaver” takes the garage muddiness of “Woolly Bully” and drags it through Rancid terrain, while spitting out the fiery tagline “Give me one reason to give a shit!”

All of Kamikaze, the band’s 5th album, betrays a solid background in the nineties wave punk revival, but with a healthy appreciation of the punk and garage rock that came long before — recording with John Reis (Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu) didn’t hurt matters. “Kings County II Ballad of So So Glo” takes those roots and redefines them within the blurry lines of these modern no-genre times. It takes the step that Green Day took when they set out to make punk rock operas, and it hints at a future So So Glos project that may be more than just another great punk record.

In the mean time, here’s another great punk rock record!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Phantasmagoria X: “Reckoning”
    Phantasmagoria X: “Reckoning”

    John DiDonna’s medley of creepy stories and trilling dance returns once more with a tour though all the Central Florida hot spots from Deland to Tampa.

  • Killer Nun
    Killer Nun

    Let Anita Ekberg and director Giulio Berruti introduce you to the nunspolitation genre with Killer Nun.

  • The Tree House
    The Tree House

    One of the most highly regarded works to screen at this year’s Locarno Film Festival was Quý Minh Trương’s The Tree House (Nhà cây), a documentary that dramatically utilizes a science fiction lens to simultaneously examine the cultures of multiple ethnic groups in Vietnam while compelling the audience to question the contemporary importance of visual documentation.

  • Disturbed Furniture
    Disturbed Furniture

    Continuous Pleasures (Arevarc Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

    Sleeping your way to the top is one thing, but killing your way up there works a just as well.

  • Deathtrap

    A writer hits a dry spell and then murders his wife, all in the name of making a hit.

  • Cabin of Fear
    Cabin of Fear

    Campers freak out when a murderer is on the loose and they have no cell phone reception.

  • Jake La Botz
    Jake La Botz

    They’re Coming For Me (Hi-Style / Free Dirt). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Howlin Rain
    Howlin Rain

    Under The Wheels: Live From The Coasts, Volume 1 (Silver Current Records). Review by Michelle Wilson.

  • The Lilacs
    The Lilacs

    Endure (Pravda). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives