SOMOS - PRISON ON A HILL VINYL (LTD. ED. IMPORT)
Release Date: 6th December 2019
"If Somos was a pop punk band when it formed in 2012, then the Boston based trio is now a full-blown guitar pop band by comparison. For singer and bassist Michael Fiorentino, guitarist Phil Haggerty, and guitarist Justin Hahn, that evolution came naturally. On their third album, Prison On A Hill, Somos sound like the mellifluous intersection of The 1975 and Alkaline Trio. Gleaming synths and ‘80s-style percussion steer songs like ‘Absent and Lost’ and ‘Young Believers.’ Yet despite that, the album still carries the energetic spirit of their breakout debut full-length, 2014’s Temple of Plenty. Just listen to the blissfully anthemic ‘Untraceable Past.’ Fundamentally, Somos are writing pop songs; they just happen to be intertwining guitar-driven rock as they do so. Recorded with Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane, Title Fight) in Boston this past winter, the tracks seem to come effortlessly, as if Somos fused the youthful energy of Temple of Plenty with the pop creativity of 2016’s First Day Back. It should come as no surprise that Somos were influenced by The 1975, Churches, The Japanese House, and the Rock Against Racism movement. Beneath the lush musical scope Somos created are lyrics hoping for political reform."