So So Glos prove why they’re #NextUp with this fierce performance of “Son of an American”

Plus, Brooklyn punks discuss their upcoming performance at Lollapalooza in our exclusive Q&A

Not too many young bands have their own recording studio and all-ages venue, but Brooklyn’s The So So Glos are among the very elite few. Since the summer of 2009, the foursome, alongside producer Adam Reich, have operated Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium, which has played host to fellow fellow up and comers like Bass Drum of Death, Dirty Beaches, METZ, Soft Black, and many, many more.

Outside their homebase, the band’s toured all across North America and Europe, even gaining a sizable backing throughout the UK. This summer, though, they’ll step outside the confines of Shea Stadium and make their debut at this year’s Lollapalooza. In celebration of their sudden dart into the mainstream, Dodge has named the rollicking rockers as one of several rising talents in its #NextUp campaign.

Before you check them out during Lollapalooza, Dodge is giving you an inside look into Brooklyn’s finest with an in-studio performance and Q&A. Here, the band rip through “Son of an American”, one of several standout singles from last year’s excellent Blowout. Since the band contain more kinetic energy than most records can contain, they’re truly in their element whilst on stage. With sweat dripping down their faces, the band hop and jump about, peeling off catchy choruses and crunchy power chords for an exhausting and entertaining three minutes.

For the Q&A portion, the band discusses growing up together in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, their immersion into punk rock, what it takes to run Shea Stadium, how they maintain their DIY roots, playing Lollapalooza, how they hype up live crowds, and what they’d do if they weren’t a band (hint: it involves blogging), and much more.

For more on The So So Glos, and other artists in #NextUp, head here. Dodge is also helping to hook you up with even more festival coverage via their “Darting to Festivals” campaign, which you can further explore here.


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