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Shirking the heavy handed political lyrics of contemporaries like the Explosion and the Unseen, the So So Glos aren’t interested in getting lost in directionless rebellion or slogans. Instead, they’d rather talk about biodiesel. The band toured this fall in a vegetable-oil-powered bus, referring to the enviro-fuel on their blog as “the good shit.” When they aren’t begging at a McDonalds for some liquid gold, the band of Brooklyn brothers blends garage rock schmaltz with Exploding Hearts–style jangle-punk. The result is a séance-worthy channeling of the Clash—but with more lyrical nods to Lou Reed than Joe Strummer. The band’s sophomore effort, “Tourism/Terrorism,” falls somewhere between an EP and an album at 27 minutes. Esoteric lyrics like “yesterday’s news is tomorrows lies,” from “Underneath the Universe” are a pleasant break from the genre’s rant-chorus-rant formula, and the bastard-harmony gang vocals on “Execution” show an approach to songwriting honed in basement venues but accessible to any audience.
THE SO SO GLOS PERFORM TUESDAY, FEB. 17, AT THE RED AND THE BLACK, 1212 H ST. NE. $6. (202) 399-3201.