Fully Digested: #4 Somos, ‘Temple of Plenty’
You can read our initial review of the record here.
When ‘Temple of Plenty’ first came out, 36Vultures was still in it’s infancy. To put it in perspective, we didn’t have a Twitter account at that point, I used my [totally embarrassing] personal email address to obtain press releases, and the amount of time between reviews that would go up was usually months. I’m still shocked that I was even sent a second press release. When I was, however, I remember falling instantly in love with this album, and consequently falling in love with Somos. It’s been over eight months since that review was published, and it’s been a fair amount of time since I listened to the album in full. I want to say that we’re going to see if this record still floors me as much as it did during its initial release, but I already know the answer to that.
No matter how many times I listen to this record, it feels just as refreshing as it did the first time. I still want to call Somos a pop band, and I want to make sure they know that they’re responsible for writing one of the best pop records of the year. The hooks on this record are huge, and the amount of thought that goes into their lyrical content is mind boggling. I still can’t believe that this is a debut record. What’s even more impressive is knowing that the only groundwork laid before ‘Temple Of Plenty’ was a four song demo.
On paper, one of the songs from that demo made it on to ‘Temple of Plenty’, but in reality it’s more like ½ of that song truly made it’s way. That song is “The Strangest Example” and the only part of it that made its way onto the album is the chorus. Everything else was re-worked from the ground up. This is so awesome to see first hand. Usually when we a see an old song on a new record, we just expect polish, but that just wasn’t good enough for the guys in Somos.
I compared them to The 1975 in my review, but I have family that’s compared them to The Killers. That comparison struck me as odd at first, but I can see how one would argue that this record is similar to Hot Fuzz. They both have a huge pop presence, and are packed with lyrical wit. Hell, that’s my go-to comparison now. And yes, I still want “Lives Of Others” played at my funeral.
Shortly after our initial review went live, I had the opportunity to attend the record release show. I still consider this one of the best shows I’ve been to in a very long time. Watching Somos play to a hometown crowd alongside bands like Grandview and The Hotelier in the upstairs of a restaurant/venue is something I will gladly brag about until I’m old and jaded. These songs all translate so well from the record to a live performance. Somos is one of those bands that will kill it endlessly. They won’t let you down, and you need to make it a priority to see them perform live.
I end almost all of my reviews talking about how I can’t wait to hear what’s next for the band I’m writing about. It hasn’t even been a year and we’ve already seen such huge things happen for Somos. They’ve signed to No Sleep Records, released a split with Sorority Noise on Bad Timing Records, and have continued to hold my attention throughout. The new music we’ve heard so far is the perfect continuation of ‘Temple of Plenty,’ and I’m already chomping at the bit for a new full length album.
Q: Does ‘Temple of Plenty’ still hold up eight months later?
A: It’s only gotten sweeter.