"The So So Glos are a punk rock band based 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 are recognized for their active participation in New York's all-ages venues and the DIY movement. "[They are] hometown heroes," says Blackbook Magazine of the band's high level of community involvement, "They rule the underground, all-ages music scene in the city."
Brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, originally from Bay Ridge, met drummer Zach Staggers in pre-school. Through divorces and remarriages, Zach became their step-brother and they began playing music at a very early age. Over the course of their childhood, the three brothers moved around the New York metropolitan area frequently, yet always devoted time to writing and playing music together.
The So So Glos adopted their current name in 2007, the same year they self-released eponymous debut, recorded after-hours in a Staten Island studio with childhood friend Adam Reich. Guitarist Matt Elkin joined the band late in the year, just prior to their first cross-country tour. They returned in early 2008 and co-founded all-ages Brooklyn venue The Market Hotel with DIY show promoter Todd P.
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 Trail of Dead.
During the summer of 2009, The So So Glos teamed up with Shea Stadium founder Adam Reich (who is also a touring member/producing collaborator of New Jersey band, Titus Andronicus) to establish the all-ages performance space/recording studio in Brooklyn affectionately called Shea Stadium. They toured the U.S. and Canada for six weeks with New Jersey heroes Titus Andronicus and embarked on their second European tour (supporting the Virgins) shortly afterward.
In June 2010 the band recorded new material with Nicolas Vernhes at the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They released their 7-inch EP Low Back Chain Shift on October 12th that same year. They supported both Matt & Kim and the Futureheads during their North American tours that autumn.
Their 2nd full length, Blowout, was released in partnership with Shea Stadium Records and Votiv Music April 23rd, 2013. Garnering 4 out of 5 stars from Rolling Stone and glowing reviews from Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Blackbook Magazine and Stereogum among others, the band played The Tonight Show with David Letterman in April and has been on the road since."