Somos, Runaway Brother, We've Got Ours, Cheyenne Line, Veronica Penny | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Somos, Runaway Brother, We've Got Ours, Cheyenne Line, Veronica Penny 

When: Sun., June 8, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
“My thoughts are formed in an unspeakable language,” sings Somos bassist-vocalist Michael Fiorentino on “Before You Merge,” the last song on the Boston band’s recent debut, Temple of Plenty (Tiny Engines). Of course everybody’s feelings are immeasurable and often hard to define—it’s too bad that to the cultural tourists of the aughts, “emo” has become synonymous with just one emotion, a sort of infantile sadness. Somos dabble in melancholy on Temple of Plenty, but they use it as fuel for hopeful, uplifting tunes that verge on triumphant. There’s an undercurrent of optimism even when the subject matter is grim: on “Domestic,” about a woman worn down by violent relationships, the guitarists play with all their might, as though the power of their huge, rocket-powered riffs could somehow make her story turn out all right. —Leor Galil

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