SO & SO

SO & SO

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

SO & SO's music exist without boundaries. ASAP, their forthcoming album is a fusion of pop, rock, and folk sprinkled with a touch of soul. The band is a blend of all good things in music - powerhouse vocals and unique and talented musicians.

SO & SO is an indie group that the masses will enjoy.

Biography

SO & SO can do just about anything.

Whether they're conjuring dreamy pop harmonies or sliding through soulful beats, the Los Angeles sextet stirs up a sound that's both heartfelt and hypnotic. On their forthcoming debut album ASAP, SO & SO don't worry about the status quo. They don't pander to prototypical pop conventions. They don't write with the radio in mind, but they do create songs that might just make you listen a little closer. On "Heart Beats Slow," acoustic guitars curl into an overpowering chorus, while "What's the Use?" meanders from tripped-out electronic textures to a hand-clap fueled hook. Then there's the psychedelic piano kicking off "Hazel and the Rip in the Space Time Continuum;" it's so uplifting it borders on transcendent. At the center of the music, Amie Miriello's enticingly dangerous croon entrances, while Jay Dmuchowski's guitars color the backdrop with intricate and evocative flourishes. Simultaneously, Brandon Rogers adds another layer with his undeniable vocals. SO & SO go anywhere and everywhere sonically.

About their sound, Amie comments, "It's sexy indie pop with some soul in it." That's surely an apt summation, but Brandon goes one step even further. "If Aimee Mann sang like Kelly Clarkson, it'd be SO & SO."

SO & SO organically arrived at that crossroads between pop palatability and down and dirty soul. Amie and Jay have been playing together for over a decade, founding Dirtie Blonde and touring everywhere in support of the band's JIVE/Sony debut. Their stint in Dirtie Blonde yielded the hit single "Walk Over Me" and it introduced them to the world. After the group disbanded, Amie began pursuing a solo career, but something was missing. She reveals, "I'd done my solo project for two years, but I was sick of playing acoustic. I wanted to do something bigger."

Something bigger came in the form of the songs she began composing with Jay. That batch of tunes would become ASAP. Without any adult or label supervision, they hit Sony ATV in Canada to write with producer Rob Wells (Cyndi Lauper, Justin Bieber, Olivia Newton-John) in 2009. The three initially joined forces to compose a songwriting trio and sell the tracks to other artists. However, after the first few songs were cut, they knew they had something very special and ASAP was born with Rob co-writing and overseeing production.

In the meantime, Amie and Brandon had a chance encounter. Brandon was opening for Amie's band at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles, and they decided to perform a couple songs together. They captured a chemistry that would filter through the songs on ASAP, instantly creating their own dynamic. Brandon had an equally impressive resume. He was a Top 12 finalist on Season 6 of American Idol, and he toured as a background singer for Christina Aguilera, Usher and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. However, their meeting was the beginning of something special.

In 2010, drummer Adam Hanson officially joined the SO&SO family. A Berklee College of Music graduate, his soulful beats provide a backbone to SO&SO's live show.

SO & SO really shine live. Amie goes on, "I've always been a live vocalist. We're a pop band, but there's a real rock and soul edge to what we do on stage. Whatever happens during the show is not planned or choreographed—it's rock 'n' roll."

Brandon concurs, "It's pure energy. We can feel the crowd when we're up there. If you love the record, when you see us live, it'll change things. If you hate the record, you're still going to love us live."

In that sense, SO & SO grip onto a classic creative urgency where anything's possible. "Happens Every Day" is a propulsive electro-fusion pop song, while "Broke" is a poignant and poetic rumination. From trip hop to pop to rock, there's no stone unturned on ASAP.

"This record is the template for what's to come," Amie explains. "We can incorporate anything into SO & SO. From the starting point, I wanted us to be able to go in any direction without the final product being unbelievable."
Brandon adds, "We want to exist without boundaries. We want to break through. We want to do whatever kind of music we think we should. This is unlike anything I've ever done."

Ultimately, SO & SO is also unlike anything you've ever heard. Amie continues, "This record is our baby. I want SO & SO to grow and be something that doesn't end. It means everything to me. We all have the same vision to create awesome music and be happy."

SO & SO will make a lot of listeners happy in the process as well... — Rick Florino, August 2010

Lyrics

Happens Everyday

Written By: Amie Miriello

Happens Everyday

Lyrics by Amie Miriello

Go baby go
Stop, drop and roll
On a jet plane, on a jet plane gonna take you away
Don’t be scared
It happens everyday

Skinny girl at the bar who was all of about eighteen
But she looks much older when she sipping on her confidence champagne
On a runway, on a runway and she’s wasting away
No big deal, it happens everyday

Chorus:

Sweepers and starlets, laughter on lonely silence
We’re all deaf to the sound
Mothers or harlots, children with private islands
We all get to the ground
Ground

Run Jackie, run
Show them your gun
In projects, in the projects, and he’ll never forget
No big deal, it hasn’t killed him yet
Oh, I see the man with the hole in his throat that he’s using to smoke
Cause he can’t just seem to get over the fact that his life turned out that way
On the subway, on the subway and I’m looking away
But I’m not scared, it happens everyday

Chorus:

Sweepers and starlets, laughter on lonely silence
We’re all deaf to the sound (We’re all deaf to the sound)
Mothers or harlots, children with private islands
We all get to the ground
Ground

To the ground

Chorus (Repeat 2x)

Heart Beats Slow

Written By: Amie Miriello

Heart Beats Slow

Lyrics by Amie Miriello

Hey girl
What do you see
A stark-raving lunatic, obviously
Hey boy
Who do you know?
To come to my dressing room after the show

Cause what you don’t know
What you don’t know
Is it’s a faux

Chorus:

You can dance
You can sing
Make a move
Anything
My heart beats, my heart beats slow
You hate your job, so you should quit
Run around breaking shit
While my blood runs cold, cold

You’ve got something to prove
You dress like a prostitute, act like a prude
So show me all your wounds
But don’t color me impotent cause I don’t approve

Cause what you don’t know
What you don’t know
Is it’s a faux

Chorus:

You can dance
You can sing
Make a move
Anything
My heart beats, my heart beats slow
You hate your job, so you should quit
Run around breaking shit
While my blood runs cold, cold

Bridge
You can do anything that you want
As long as what you don’t know
What you don’t
What you don’t
Yeah

Chorus (Repeat 2x)

What you don’t know
Whatcha don’t (Repeat 11x)
Know

Broke

Written By: Amie Miriello

Broke

Lyrics by Amie Miriello

I don’t wanna wait for the stars and the earth to agree with the sun
I just wanna make all the sense of the world when I look in his eyes
Help me understand, how to love a man, who is a child in disguise

You . . .

Chorus:

When you’re sinking like a stone
When together you’re alone
I can’t save you now
So abandon all your hope
Cause you bent me till I broke
I can’t save you now

Call me all the names you can list off the top of your head in a row
I don’t even feel any tangible pain cause I’m broken inside
I keep waking up, what mistaken love
In a place I can’t define

You . . .

Chorus:

When you’re sinking like a stone
When together you’re alone
I can’t save you now
So abandon all your hope
Cause you bent me till I broke
I can’t save you now
Now

Chorus (Repeat)

Monkey See

Written By: Amie Miriello

Monkey See

Lyrics by Amie Miriello

I don’t want your love
I don’t gotta the time
Cause I’m doing fine
Yeah I’m doing fine
It’s not emotional
I don’t dramatize
Where’d you get those eyes
Where’d you get the lines

Chorus:

Take me to the city
Where the Spanish girls are pretty
Cause I’m wired up (wired up)
Running through the alley, like we’re trying to sneak in Sally
Then we’ll light up (light up)

Guess you’re what monkey see
Guess I’m what monkey do

I’m the big, bad wolf
You’re afraid of me
But I guarantee, you’re a closet freak
Color me absurd
Color me crazy
But I’ll set you free, if you come with me

Chorus:

Take me to the city
Where the Spanish girls are pretty
Cause I’m wired up (wired up)
Running through the alley, like we’re trying to sneak in Sally
Then we’ll light up (light up)

Guess you’re what monkey see
Guess I’m what monkey do

Do, Do
Hey, hey, hey
Take me to the city (take me to the city, hey)
Take me to the city (take me to the city, hey, oh)

Chorus:

Take me to the city
Where the Spanish girls are pretty
Cause I’m wired up (wired up)
Running through the alley, like we’re trying to sneak in Sally
Then we’ll light up (light up)
(2x)

Guess you’re what monkey see
Guess I’m what monkey do
(2x)

What's the Use?

Written By: Amie Miriello

What’s the Use?

Lyrics by Amie Miriello

Help please
Give it your best
Cause if you don’t see
I’m in a mess
I told you once
Tell you again
This coast isn’t clear

Straight shot
Total disaster
And I’m afraid of everything after
Now that I’ve lost everything, I used to hold so dear

Strange, I feel estranged
Trapped inside a mind
I can’t leave behind

Chorus:

It’s hard enough
That it doesn’t get easy
Hate myself till my lovers leave me
It’s hard enough
It always comes back to blue
And it’s bad enough that we only get older
Drug myself cause I can’t stay sober
I can’t help thinking what’s the use
What’s the use? (7x)

Slow creep into the water
But then you’re always somebody’s daughter
Sometimes I wanna hurt myself, but then I think of you

Strange
I’m trapped in a mind
I can’t leave behind

Chorus:

It’s hard enough
That it doesn’t get easy
Hate myself till my lovers leave me
It’s hard enough
It always comes back to blue
And it’s bad enough that we only get older
Drug myself cause I can’t stay sober
I can’t help thinking what’s the use
What’s the use? (7x)

Strange (3x)
Trapped in a mind
I can’t leave behind

Hey (4x)

Chorus (Repeat)

What’s the use? (16x)

Discography

ASAP - To be released in the Fall of 2011

Set List

All Originals