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Prog/atmospheric rock collective SOM, comprised of current and former members of Constants, Junius, and Caspian, originally planned to use 2020 to record their follow-up to 2018’s ‘The Fall’. Lockdown cancelled all of their plans but they were able to work remotely and put together their gritty, self-described “heavy dream pop” EP, ‘Awake’.
We caught up with Will Benoit from the band to talk about their origins and what the future holds.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard SOM before?
Will: Heavy. Atmospheric. Doom Pop. Shoegaze.
DP!: How did the band form?
Will: After several attempts at starting a new project, following over a decade where Constants was my main focus, I wrote a bunch of concise songs and sent the demos to our drummer Duncan (Rich) and our guitar player Joel (Reynolds). Joel was busy at the time, between touring with Rosetta and his band Driftoff, so Duncan and I got together and put together a first draft of the record. At the time, Justin (Forrest, who now also plays drums in Caspian) had just moved to Brooklyn, so we invited him to come to the studio to play bass, and we all pretty immediately locked into the sound that became the first record. I think I sent the first round of demos to Duncan at the beginning of 2017. During our tour cycle for the album, we brought in Mike (Repasch-Nieves) and Joel (both formerly of Junius and Driftoff) to play guitar and it all suddenly clicked. The five of us have all been friends and have toured together for years, but this was the first time we all played together, and it feels like something special to us.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Will: Right now we are working on LP2. It’s been a slower process due to the pandemic, but all the songs are written and we will finish up tracking soon. We all really look forward to playing shows and touring again. It felt like we were really just getting started when the shutdown happened. We had to cancel a tour with Caspian, along with a planned European tour last year that we hope to be able to reschedule. Hopefully lots more as well.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Will: I currently have the last Now, Now record on repeat, and Rod Wave has a couple great songs that are high up in my rotation. New Teenage Wrist is fantastic as well.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Will: I think the obvious one that we could all agree on is Deftones. They’re just as willing to write a pop song as experiment with different ideas, and it always sounds like them. To stay relevant for their entire career and still put out interesting records is aspirational. Bands like Hum and Slowdive are long-running artists that have struck that type of balance we strive towards as well.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Will: It’s not glamorous (especially considering we’ve all toured literally around the world in our other bands), but I have a pretty vivid memory of standing in the basement at St. Vitus on the last night of our first tour as a five-piece. We’ve all played there and hung out down there over the years, but there was something about the five of us being there together after an awesome run of shows with O’Brother and Holy Fawn that was particularly satisfying to me.
DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Will: It’s tough to predict based on all the uncertainty of the world, but we are hopeful that a year from now we’ll be releasing new music and getting back to touring and playing shows.