This past Friday, Desaparecidos performed in front of a packed house at Union Transfer. but it was opening act, The So So Glos, who stole the show. From the angular guitar riffs to the maniac bass lines, this band is full of energy and punch. Watching them set up their tattered DIY banner and test out their instruments themselves in front of a thousand people was as intimate as it was anxious. Who were they? How would the crowd receive them? And were they ready? I saw SSG open up for Alkaline Trio back in April. They brought their Brooklyn roots with them then and they brought them again now.
A clash of punk mixed with a bit of pop/surf/island, SSG are making fans at every show along the way. The Desaparecidos show were particularly a hard crowd to win over. It’s not often that a punk band here is praised in Philly (though it’s alive and well in Jersey). Let’s just say the band won over the crowd, got them riled up from nothing, and put on a killer show on energy and power alone.
SSG took the opportunity in front of a crowd who’ve never heard of them to play a lot of new material. They played a few tracks off of their latest album “Blowout.” You could hear some diehards singing along. It really were those newer songs though that got my ear listening. Their song “A.D.D.” (guess what it’s about) is going to be a hit when it finally gets released. Singer/bassist, Alex Levine, took a short segment to talk to the crowd about the band’s song “Speakeasy” as to what it was about before they went into a killer rendition. He was a great storyteller despite being a bit anxious himself with the crowd.
SSG is a band to keep your eyes on. Having been in the game for a few years now and about to release a new album, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.