Boston-based band Somos made a stop in Philadelphia on Sunday, and for once in my life I wasn’t dreading a Sunday night.


Photos by Kenzie Gasper

With a headlining tour, and the recent release of their album First Day Back, Somos has a lot to be excited about, and their show at PhilaMOCA proved that this band will be on top for a very long time.

Philly band The Obsessives opened the show. “We wanted to start a band with a ‘The’ because bands like that three years ago were cool, like The Black Keys and The White Stripes,” they recall. It’s very probable that The Obsessives will be at the forefront of the Emo music scene in no time. I think the girls standing next to me in absolute awe of the two-piece would agree.

The next band to play was The Superweaks, another Philly-based band who are signed to Lame-O records. Almost a year after they released “Bad Year,” they’re still playing the songs with as much excitement they had when the album was fresh.

They were followed by Petal, the musical child of Kiley Lotz from Scranton, PA (where all the BEST creative minds are from). Petal just put out Shame, their first LP in which the songs are so beautifully painful and the live versions are just as, if not more, brilliantly heartbreaking. Petal’s imagery made me think that for a few minutes I wasn’t actually in a venue around the corner from a Crown Fried chicken, but somewhere much more pretty.

Somos took the stage shortly after. The energy and passion they brought to Philly is unmatched.  I’ve been a fan of them for a while, but I’d never been able to see them, so when they announced this tour I thought “Screw my 8AM class I’m going.” I am so glad I did.


Photos by Kenzie Gasper