The So So Glos are a punk rock band formed in 2007 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 are also recognized for their active participation in the all-ages music venues of New York City and the DIY movement in general.
Brothers Alex and Ryan Levine are originally from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, as well as Zach Staggers whom Ryan met 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 quite frequently, yet always devoted time to writing and playing music together.
They adopted their current name in 2007 and self-released their eponymous debut that same year. The album was recorded in a series of after-hour sessions at a Staten Island studio with childhood friend and producer Adam Reich. Guitarist Matt Elkin joined the band in October 2007 shortly before their first cross-country tour. Upon returning to New York, they co-founded an all-ages venue in Brooklyn named The Market Hotel with DIY show promoter Todd P.The band helped construct The Market Hotel in spring 2008 and formerly resided there in between touring.
The So So Glos released their EP, Tourism / Terrorism, in fall 2008 through now defunct Warner subsidiary Green Owl Records. 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 Adam Reich to establish an all-ages performance space/recording studio in Brooklyn called Shea Stadium. They toured the U.S. and Canada for six weeks with Titus Andronicus and embarked on their second European tour (supporting the Virgins) shortly afterwards.
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.
The So So Glos debuted some new songs at the Rock & Roll Circus under the Big Apple Circus tent in January 2011, and more new material surfaced when they opened for The Pogues on March 16th. They officially parted with the Green Owl label after signing legal documents onstage prior to one of their sets at Shea Stadium. The band has finished recording a new full-length entitled Blowout, which is currently in the mixing stages and expected to be released late Fall 2012.