Atmospheric rock outfit SOM has been added to the February edition of Metal Injection's Slay At Home virtual fest! The festival will air THIS Friday, February 19th at 3:00pm EST / 12:00pm PST via the Metal Injection YouTube channel. SOM will appear alongside sets from Gaerea, The Lion's Daughter, Hamferð, Obsidian Kingdom, labelmates Briqueville, and many others. This month's installment of Slay At Home will benefit The Black Art Future Fund
in celebration of Black History Month. The BAFF is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts and culture.
Comments SOM vocalist/guitarist Will Benoit, "Early in the pandemic, it was rad to see other bands working around the limitations of lockdown, and to witness all the hard work [Metal Injection's] Frank [Godla] has done putting together the Slay At Home Festivals. The shows served as a big inspiration and motivation towards us writing and recording our new EP Awake
remotely, so it feels like the perfect culmination of this release to be asked to contribute a live song and in studio performance to the fest."
SOM - featuring current and former members of Constants, Junius, and Caspian - will release their new EP, Awake, on March 5th. Combining two exclusive originals with remixes by beloved collaborators Holy Fawn, Hisself (Johnny Dang of O'Brother), U Dye (Marshall Gallagher of Teenage Wrist), and Giuseppe Capolupo (The Devil Wears Prada), Awake is a triumph of self-described "heavy dream pop." Its concise compositions balance the gritty riffs of Deftones with airy, Tame Impala-esque vocal lines, just as primed for rock radio success as they are for shoegaze-loving connoisseurs.
Awake will be released independently on limited-edition cassette and digitally via Nuclear Blast's digital subsidiary, Blood Blast Distribution, on March 5th. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION
. CD and vinyl editions of Awake will be released by Pelagic Records March 12th with preorders now available at THIS LOCATION
While many musicians lumbered in inactivity, SOM used the darkness of recent times to create and heal. The tracks on Awake are part of SOM's ongoing mission to "leave this place better than we found it." Awake's bliss is an insight not only into the kind of harmony the quintet seeks to cultivate in all facets of life, but also the exciting second full-length that looms on the horizon.
"SOM... specialize in a gauzy, feedback-soaked sound... It's not far flung from the output of high-volume shoegazers such as Deftones or Hum." - Revolver
"...thick and hazy but with soaring vocal harmonies that add a lightness to the song." - BrooklynVegan on "Awake // Sedate"
"SOM play the kind of somber, glimmering music that exudes a heavy fog of emotion and introspection around it." - Kerrang!
"Perfect for laying in a pile of leaves while quietly pondering everywhere you went wrong in life." - MetalSucks
Will Benoit - vocals, guitars
Justin Forrest - bass
Mike Repasch-Nieves - guitars
Joel M. Reynolds - guitars
Duncan Rich - drums