Flashback Friday 001. Featuring Somos
Welcome to the first edition of Flashback Friday. Every Friday from this point on, we are going to post an entry from one of our favorite bands. These are going to consist of 10 questions: Five related to the band, and five personal questions. This week, we got Phil Haggerty of Somos to share his ten Flashback Friday moments with us. Be sure to check them out on their upcoming tour with I Am The Avalanche. You can check out the dates for that here and see what Phil had to share after the cut.
Where/When was your bands first show? How did that go?
PH: It was actually really sick, it was in July of 2012. We played a basement venue in Allston called the Boxfort. It was our friends house and they had had a bunch of sick shows down there before the cops shut it down. We played with this awesome local band Maura, and touring bands Caseracer and Reservoir. It was a great turnout and lineup for a first show.
Did you guys play any covers? If so, of what?
PH: You know we actually don’t. Being a small band we’ve been really focused on just performing our own stuff really well and making that memorable on it’s own. I think we’ll start introducing covers a little later on.
What was the first song you guys wrote as a band? Is it on any of your releases?
PH: There were a ton of Somos songs and ideas that Michael and I had that we had been working on as early as 2010, but of the songs that we actually have out I’m pretty sure its “Embrace the Spare Change” which is off our 2012 Demo. Either that or “Before You Merge”.
Did your band ever have a different name?
PH: We toyed with calling it New Red while we were recording our demo but actually returned to Somos. Mike and I had been calling the project Somos from it’s inception and thought about changing it but ultimately decided to stick with it.
When did you decide that making music was something you really wanted to pursue?
PH: We always wanted to take it really seriously, but there were some concrete steps that made it more and more of a reality. Getting picked up by Tiny Engines, getting to play Fest 12 off only our demo… I think the final step into taking it very seriously was when we bought the band van. We’re all really poor, and coming up with that money was a struggle but absolutely worth it. I worked at 3 cafes that I pretty much hated and the money I made there went into the van. It makes you feel like you didn’t just waste all those hours of your life for nothing.
What is the first band you remember getting really, really into?
PH: Blink-182. Classic rock made me pick up my Dad’s old guitar but Blink-182 inspired me to start a band.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
PH: With my own money, ‘Enema of the State’ by Blink-182. However my Mom did buy me that Smash Mouth CD when I was younger and I remember loving it. And in that same buy I think she also got me that Eifel 65 CD haha
What was the first show you went to?
PH: The first show I went to on my own was my older friends band, Common Ground. They were a hardcore punk band from Western Mass and kids went absolutely nuts. I had never been to a show like that where the singer was screaming and people were going insane. It was so sick, really blew my mind. I was hooked on punk/ hardcore and going to shows from that night on. I think I was 12 or 13. I was kind of the little kid mascot, the older punk and hardcore kids were actually really nice to me which was awesome.
Favorite One Hit Wonder?
PH: Everyone in Somos is gonna hate me but I have to go with Chumbawumba
Favorite movie? Can you quote anything from it?
PH: Probably Office Space. The ultimate hate-your-job movie. “PC load letter? What the fuck does that mean?”