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[watch]: Saul Goodman Interviews The Soft Pack

By Will Oliver, September 20th 2012

Bob Odenkirk, who you know as the awesomely slimy lawyer Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad, has done a funny sketch with The Soft Pack. Together, they re-created the moment when journalist Al Capp interviewed John & Yoko. The result is rediculously funny, as Mr. Odenkirk is a comedic mastermind.

The Soft Pack took part as means to promote their new album, Strapped which comes out September 25 via Mexican Summer. A deluxe version of the album w/ flamingo paper (limited to 300) is currently available to pre-order here).

Watch the result below. The band has also started streaming the awesomely funky single “Bobby Brown” Stream that right after the jump.


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[new]: The Soft Pack – Tallboy

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2012

The Soft Pack return this fall with new album Strapped, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s another reason to get excited: “Tallboy”, the latest cut from the album that the band shared is an absolute winner. It’s a strong follow-up to the first song we heard, “Saratoga”.

“Tallboy” nails the sound of that time right before summers departure, whether they intended or not. Although it’s fading away, you still got some of the warm goodness left. You know, like the the warm yet delicious bottom of a fading tallboy.

The boys have done it yet again. Funky-good indie rock that gets my approval in every way.

Strapped comes out September 25 via Mexican Summer. Buy “Tallboy” here.

The Soft Pack – Saratoga

By Will Oliver, July 25th 2012 — with 1 comment

How did this new track from The Soft Pack get past me? I’m sad to say that I missed informing not only you faithful bunch, but also myself, that The Soft Pack are returning this fall with a new album. The official date is September 25, and the album is titled Strapped. It will be released via Mexican Summer.

Unlike me, the band don’t waste any time. “Saratoga” hits hard with a big fat driving energy that is guaranteed to be destined for many highway miles. This is as solid of a comeback single as you can hope for.

Take a listen below.

An Interview With: The Soft Pack

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2010

If you missed The Soft Packs excellent debut album, you better listen now because it’s a great album. It is a really fun and exciting record that shouldn’t be missed. The band’s bassist David Lantzman took some time out of his busy schedule to do an interview with me. A big thank you goes out to him and FTW! for setting this bad boy up. Read how it went down below:

Will: I know this question is probably overkill for you but tell me about your decision to change your name from The Muslims to The Soft Pack. What was the moment where you decided that you couldn’t go on as The Muslims anymore?

David: The Muslims name didn’t turn into a nuisance until we started getting more press on blogs and whatnot. We wanted to change the name for months before we actually did because it became apparent that people were interpreting the name in ignorant and even racist ways that we didn’t want to be associated with. Also, we were never trying to make some political statement or anything, contrary to some notions. It was disappointing that it offended some. We just thought it was a catchy name and not a bad word or offensive. With all that negative baggage we decided to move on from it.

W: Tell me about the history of the band. How exactly did you guys meet, and become the 4 guys known as “The Muslims/The Soft Pack?

D: Matty and Matt started the band after college around the late fall of 2006 and wrote and recorded the first Muslims ep. They played they’re first show in January 07′, which I attended. It was really great, honest rock and I remember feeling very proud and fired up. For the rest of that year the band struggled with a rotating cast of drummers and bassists filling in for shows and not fully committing. I joined in November of 07′ after finishing school myself and Brian joined shortly after that before the first west coast tour in January of 2008. Matt and I have been close friends since age 12 and I knew Matty in high school as did Matt. We were friends with Brian through the San Diego music scene.

W: What was the recording process like for your first album? How exactly do your songs usually come together?

D: The first record Matt and Matty wrote and recorded in a friends garage. This current record that just came out was written musically by the four of us as a collaboration. Matt wrote all the lyrics. Usually songs come from jamming or someone having an idea and we all build it from there. We try to keep an open mind and switch instruments at times as well for writing. We try to keep it open, raw and honest.

W: If you had to describe your music to a new fan, how would you do so?

D: This record is energetic, aggressive, honest and kinda like post-punk meeting alternative rock.

W: I saw that you guys played 10 shows in one day! What was that like? Where the hell did you get all the energy from?

D: The ten show day was an amazing experience as well as pretty tiring. We were all zombies by the last show but we pulled it off thanks to the supreme organizational prowess of Sean Carlson and the FYF crew, who promoted the event. It was a proper tour of the greater Los Angeles area, traveling in a vegetable powered school bus. I think pizza, coffee and paced beer drinking gave us the big strength! That and we like to play.

W: How has the 2010 tour been treating you? What has been the best part of this tour, or any before it?

D: So far this tour has been great. Right now we’re in Glasgow which is a treat. Last time we played here people were chanting and shit. Even though there was only about 20 people it felt like arena rock. Scotland is a big highlight for us. It’s just no bullshit up here.

W: What bands would you say influenced you?

D: R.E.M, Pavement, The Fall, The Replacements, and James Brown are some influences.

W: I’m dying to know your opinion on bloggers and posting mp3′s. Do you think it helps a band, or do you think it’s hurting bands?

D: I think the internet has helped new bands get noticed much faster than days before internet and downloading. For that I think blogs’ postings of mp3s are great. I can’t really knock downloading and I don’t think it will go away anytime soon. I think it actually helped us a lot in the beginning and even today. Hopefully, people can get a good taste of the album and like it enough to go out and buy it.

W: What would you guys be doing if you weren’t in a band?

D: I don’t really know, probably work in stocks and bonds or something.

W: What have you guys been listening to in 2010?

D: Lots of jam. At the moment Warren Zevon is playing. We’ve also been enjoying Funkadelic, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Steely Dan, REM, Felt, The Beaters, Nodzzz, Abe Vigoda, Dunes, Pearl Harbor, Darker My Love, Tijuana Panthers, Grey Goods and Graham Forest to name a handful.

W: Whats your “Almost Famous” moment. If you’ve never seen the movie (watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qn3tel9FWU ), What is that one “defining” moment that you will always remember during your time as The Soft Pack/The Muslims?

D:  We just played on David Letterman’s Late Show, that was pretty psycho.

W: Favorite Beer?

D: Modelo Especial

W: A hot new band that I should post about that no one knows?

14. The Beaters from San Diego. Mind melting rock. Check this video out

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8thoYix3ZI[/youtube]

Once again, I’d like to thank David for taking the time to do this for us!

Last weekend the very awesome, The Soft Pack, played an insane 10 shows in one day! ONE DAY! Gorillavsbear pointed this out, and I watched the video and was blown away by their efforts! Check it :

Now that is how you promote a new album! They are some hardworking musicians, that’s for damn sure. They look like they rock it live and bring a lot of fun energy. I wish I could spend some time on a bands tour. Everyone on their bus looked like they were having the time of their lives! Reminded me of Almost Famous, a bit.

The Soft Pack are playing a free show in NYC today over at Cakeshop. So if your unable to attend the free Hot Chip show at Highline Ballroom (I’ll be there!), go check these boys out. Here is the excellent song “Mexico” which is my personal favorite from their debut album, which I posted here.

[mp3] : The Soft Pack – Mexico

All their spring tour dates are posted, just one click away:

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The Soft Pack – Mexico

By Will Oliver, January 7th 2010 — with 3 comments

The Soft Pack’s awesome debut album is gracing my ears right now, and one of the tracks that I have fallen in love with from my early listen is “Mexico”. It is a breezy summer anthem with a really chill tone throughout. From Matt Lamkin’s laid back vocals, to the vibin’ bassline, the song resonates with cool. The band is in complete control here, having a lot of fun making great music. The guitar work is slick, sounding gritty enough to keep their garage rock sound. But it also suites there sunny sound just as well.

Just stare at the photo that I posted of them, and tell me that this song doesn’t fit the atmosphere! “Mexico” is an early standout from the bands great debut album, one of the brightest debuts of 2010!

[mp3] : The Soft Pack – Mexico

The Soft Packs debut album officially drops on February 2nd.

However, you can pre-order it now directly from Insound

Buy it at Insound!

[new] The Soft Pack – C’mon

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2009 — with 1 comment

I am driving down from my college to go see Arctic Monkeys at Terminal 5 tonight! I’m very pumped as you can imagine. Aside from All Points West, I have not seen the band in proper form since Sept 2007 when they rocked Central Park. So look out for some photos and words on the concert tomorrow! I am going to get on line pretty early to get a good seat. If you see me, say hello! Although, I don’t think most of you guys know what I look like. If you get a hunch, you know who to shout for!

I got sent a new song from The Soft Pack called “C’Mon”. It is another reason to be really excited about the bands debut self titled album! They have a really nice garage rock sound that is sure to catch fire over the next year! Give it a go:

[mp3] : The Soft Pack – C’mon

Their debut album comes out Feb 2nd, and I am very excited!

Phoenix – Fences (The Soft Pack remix) + Love Like A Sunset (Shuttle Remix)

By Will Oliver, October 7th 2009 — with 2 comments

I drove home today to go togame one of the ALDS between the Yankees and Twins. I’m a diehard Yankee fan encase some of you are still unaware.

It took 2 hours to drive home, and now I gotta head to NYC to get to the beautiful stadium.

I found two more really cool Phoenix remix’s of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix tracks. The first is more of a cover than anything. It is The Soft Pack’s version of “Fences”, which will be on the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Remix Collection. The second remix is not on the remix collection, but it is still a very cool remix!!!!! It is the Shuttle Remix, by Passion Pit’s drummer Nate.

Phoenix wrote this on their blog:

Our good friend Shuttle sent us this fantastic remix of “Love Like A Sunset” and we’d like to share it with all of you. As well as releasing records as shuttle, he also plays drums in Passion Pit as “Nate”! His new album will be out later this year.

He really did something cool with this remix. I am totally digging this!!!! He made this track really danceable! There usually are a bunch of crap remix’s out there, but these latest phoenix ones have been absolute gems!

I am curious to see his album. Maybe he is the secret weapon in Passion Pit all along!

[mp3] : Phoenix – Fences (The Soft Pack remix)

[mp3] : Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset (Shuttle Remix)

The Muslims Change Their Name To The Soft Pack

By Will Oliver, November 28th 2008 — with 1 comment


I just read that the rising buzz band The Muslims have decided to change their name to The Soft Pack. They announced the following news via their myspace page for the muslims:

WE HAVE CHANGED THE NAME OF OUR GROUP TO “THE SOFT PACK”. Working on new material and firing on all four cylinders, we feel strongly about this one. It’s a new chapter in our lives and hopefully yours. Stay tuned to The Soft Pack page (www.myspace.com/thesoftpack), as we will be posting new videos, music, and junk in the coming weeks. We are pumped. Have a great Thanksgiving and keep it loose. Your buddies, The Soft Pack

I don’t know how I feel about this, I really digged their name. I would be more accepting if their new name was even more badass, but The Soft Pack just isn’t doing it for me. Hmmm, I guess we will just have to see if the music talks for them. Visit the myspace for the Soft Pack.

[MP3] : The Soft Pack – Bright Side
[MP3] : The Soft Pack – Parasites

We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2013 — with 18 comments

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Thanks To Camilo for this great artwork.

Looking back at 2012, there were plenty of albums that I loved. Was it the best year of music in recent memory? Maybe not, but it was a damn good year in its own right. There is a lot that we may look back on and remember well into the rest of the decade.

This year I listed my Top 40 albums, as well as a few honorable mentions that were as close to making my list as they come. I didn’t get to listen to everything that I wanted to. As the only writer, it’s tough to balance listening to everything, and listening to everything well. That is something I hope to become better at this year.

Ready or not, here are my best albums of 2012:

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