Soul Glo are a lyrically pointed and sonically eruptive post-hardcore band from Philadelphia. Active since 2014, their numerous short-form releases span their first untitled cassette (2014) through the EPs DisNigga, Vol. 1 and DisNigga, Vol. 2 (2021), issued the same year they signed with revered punk label Epitaph. While their name is inspired by the fictitious hair product advertised in the classic comedic film Coming to America, the musicians also view it as a representation of music’s potential to positively affect the listener.
Formed in Philly, Soul Glo began to take shape when guitarist Ruben Polo (previously of Facts and Secret Ploy to Destroy the Entire Universe) invited vocalist Pierce Jordan (ex-Teens and Trucks) to be in a band with the intent to play heavy music. Their lineup was filled out by bassist Ethan Brennan and drummer Justin Sokol, Soul Glo were less than half-a-year old when they debuted in December 2014 with an untitled EP-length tape. A second cassette EP, Soul Glow II, followed in 2016. Untitled LP combined the two releases on vinyl later that year. At the point in 2017 when they cut the songs that became Tour Tape 2k18, the rhythm section had changed to bassist Gianmarco “GG” Guerra and mononymic drummer Jamie. The Case Closed by Migos EP followed in 2018 and was combined with Tour Tape 2k18 for another cassette edition in 2019. Over the next two years, the band continued to offer short-form releases on a steady basis. Among these were The Nigga in Me Is Me, Songs to Yeet at the Sun, and their first two Epitaph offerings, DisNigga, Vol. 1 and DisNigga, Vol. 2. These recordings integrated noise rap tracks as riveting as their more punk-rooted material. During this period, TJ Stevenson was installed at the drum kit. ~ Andy Kellman