Somos expands in all the right ways with sophomore album ‘First Day Back’February 19, 2016
First Day Back
Michael Fiorentino’s thoughtful lyrics and signature vocal tone would make any Somos release worth a listen, but the band expand in all the right ways for their sophomore full-length. First Day Back grows that melodically punchy not-quite-punk from 2014’s Temple Of Plenty into a dynamic, finely tuned blend of pop punk math-rock rhythms and adjacent genres. The old workhorse pace drives hitters “Thorn In The Side” and “Reminded/Weighed Down” in a familiar way, while the lead single “Alright, I’ll Wait” dabbles in atmospherics before delivering a strong, yet nuanced chorus. That knack for friendly, accessible hooks continues to be essential to the Somos charm, rooting their exploration while allowing enough leash to spawn “Violent Decline,” a standout as indie as it is emo. It’s those subtle additions to an already ahead-of-the-curve sound that have allowed Somos to create something all their own, as smile-inducing as ever.