by Andrew Sacher

photo: Somos at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

Boston's Somos have come a long way since their solid 2014 debut Temple of Plenty (on Tiny Engines). Their second record, First Day Back, will be out February 19 via Hopeless (pre-order), and going by the early singles it's a massive step up from their debut and not quite like anything they've done. The just-released single "Thorn In The Side" is somber, melancholic rock that's lushly produced and filled with subtle intricacies that keep it more interesting than your average song like this. The previously-revealed "Alright, I'll Wait" sounds a bit more "single-y" in comparison, but it's just as nuanced and enjoyable. If you dug the Foxing and TWIABP albums from last year as much as we did, this is up a pretty similar alley. Check both out below.

The band also just announced a tour with the very promising newer artist, Petal, and The Superweaks. The tour hits NYC on March 5 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below.



1. Slow Walk To The Graveyard Shift
2. Violent Decline
3. Thorn In The Side
4. Problem Child
5. Reminded/Weighed Down
6. Days Here Are Long
7. Room Full Of People
8. You Won't Stay
9. Alright, I'll Wait
10. Bitter Medicine
11. Lifted From The Current


Somos / Petal / The Superweaks -- 2016 Tour Dates
March 3 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
March 4 - Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House
March 5 - New York City, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
March 6 - Philadelphia, PA - philaMOCA
March 8 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
March 9 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
March 10 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall
March 11 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
March 12 - Tampa, FL - Epic Problem
March 14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
March 15 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
March 16 - Dekalb, IL - The House Café
March 18 - Chicago, IL - The Beat Kitchen
March 19 - Flint, MI - Flint Local 432
March 20 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
March 21 - Lakewood, OH - Mahalls
March 22 - Buffalo, NY - The Waiting Room
March 24 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha
March 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose
March 26 - Hamden, CT - The Space

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