Originally conceived in 2009 when guitarist Phil Haggerty was talking with a high school friend about how their musical tastes had changed from just listening to and playing hardcore to a more diverse mix of genres, they eventually decided that they should form a new band that reflected these changes.
After a jam session with vocalist and bass player Mike Fiorentino, the group decided to go their own ways after high school, with Haggerty keeping in close contact with Fiorentino. Two years later the pair took the idea of Somos as a band to San Francisco -- a city that would seemingly be a perfect fit for their mix of post-hardcore and '90s-inspired indie rock -- adding drummer Evan Degas to the lineup. Recording their four-track demo EP at San Fran's Panda Studios in May 2012 with the addition of Justin Hahn on guitar, the band eventually decided to move back to their home state of Massachusetts, settling in Boston. After hearing their demo, label Tiny Engines
contacted them about the possibility of releasing more material, and in the summer of 2013, Somos headed to Cannon Found Soundation Studios in Union City, New Jersey with producer Jesse Cannon (Saves the Day
, the Cure
, the Menzingers
) to record their debut album. Released the following year, Temple of Plenty saw the band fine-tune their mix of indie rock, pop-punk, and post-hardcore. After a hefty touring schedule across the U.S. that year and into 2015, the band eventually re-entered the studio to record what would be their sophomore album. Signing with Hopeless Records
for the release, the band once again refined their sound, this time taking in new production techniques and a wider variety of influences. The album, First Day Back, was released in early 2016 to positive reviews. ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi