On Oct. 25, 2013 DIY punks the So So Glos brought their Brooklyn swagger to Chicago's Metro. The sold-out crowd had a rowdy good time under the encouragement of So So Glos' frontman/bassist, the self-proclaimed, “Authority on Fun” Alex Levine. The So So Glos' energy was infectious, inspiring the crowd to dance and mosh to their dynamic punk-pop sounds.
The So So Glos are a band of brothers by blood, marriage and friendship. The night had an air of camaraderie, as the New York punks warmed up the stage for Conor Oberst's recently reunited band Desaparecidos. Both bands indulged the crowd with loud, no nonsense rock and roll music, which is exactly what fans wanted from the show.
The bulk of the So So Glos' setlist was comprised of tracks from their album “Blowout,” which was released earlier this year. Their fun infused, fleeting love song “Lost Weekend” had new fans singing along by the second chorus. With “Speakeasy,” they actually compelled the young crowd to rebel against the mind-numbing evils of the internet. Guitarists Ryan Levine and Matt Elkin incited the audience to move with speedy, powerful riffs, while drummer Zach Staggers' nonstop approach to drumming controlled the chaos. The So So Glos' longtime friend and producer Adam Reich contributed poppy sounds on the keyboard.
The So So Glos have an angry, punk-rock edge, but they keep their set fun. Alex Levine even rocked a whistle, a move that hasn't been seen since Tom Morrello brought whistle solos to Street Sweeper Social Club. If the energy dropped, they bolstered the crowd to participate by joking that fans should avoid doing Brooklyn's most popular dance “the stand around.” Perhaps taking inspiration from his vintage Wu-Tang Clan t-shirt, Levine encouraged the crowd to participate like it was the nineties.
As the set came to a close, singer Alex Levine dove into the Metro audience and was lifted through a sea of ardent fans. Ryan Levine grabbed the microphone to say goodnight, taking time to encouraged the crowd to “make sure his brother comes back in one piece.”