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Monday, July 6, 2009

Artist of the Day: The Soft Pack

They used to be The Muslims, now they’re The Soft Pack; their latest release is called The Muslims, but they are four white guys. Still with me? Okay, good.

Both names are pretty dumb if you’re asking me, but it doesn’t really matter because the band plays a delightful garage punk infused with a bit of California surf rock that creates an accessible and enjoyable sound. I am not generally a punk fan, but this music is fun and smart. 

Matt Lamkin’s vocals are not especially diverse in range and tone, but hey, it’s punk music. The boys also get points for their style, which I know has nothing to do with the music, but it’s just so cute that they dress like preppy nerds and play punk.

Check out “Bright Side” for a good summer song that is upbeat and enjoyable. I also like “Nightlife” with its shout-along “Heys” and “Ohs.”

The Soft Pack

Who’s Who: Matt Lamkin (vocals), Matty McLoughlin (guitar), Dave Lantzman (bass), Brian Hill (drums)

Formed: 2008 in San Diego, California

Label: Kemado Records, Heavenly Records

Latest Release: The Muslims (2009)

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-Lindsey Lee

Currently listening to: “Bright Side” by The Soft Pack

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