THE SOFT PACK with the SMITH WESTERNS and JAVELINS at the Pike Room

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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For a band whose lineup has only really been cemented recently, THE SOFT PACK (formerly known as The Muslims) have already accomplished a breathtaking amount.

From San Diego but now based in Los Angeles CA, the 20-something quartet, which features Matt Lamkin on vocals, co-founder Matty McLoughlin on guitar, David Lantzman on bass and Brian Hill on drums, create a fresh, razor-sharp, no-frills sound. Their fiercely infectious, stripped-down songs blew the roof off the CMJ festival where they played 11 shows to increasingly packed-out crowds. Their live shows are sweaty affairs, with a pulse raising rock n roll swagger that the New York Press succinctly described as "no bullshit".

The Soft Pack cut their teeth on the live circuit, with highly charged shows in Southern California and trips to the East Coast with The Walkmen, The Howlies and The Vivian Girls. Their untitled self-released debut 12-inch EP was pressed up with one-of-a-kind artwork shot with bullet holes by a father of a friend, a former NYPD. It sold out immediately and is currently being re-pressed with brand new tracks.

A sign that The Soft Pack are on a steadfast roll to greater things, The Breeders, The Last Shadow Puppets & Franz Ferdinand all tapped the band for main support slots, no doubt wowed by classics-in-waiting like "Nightlife", "Extinction" and "Parasites".

With THE SMITH WESTERNS: Rummaging through 1970s glam, Phil Spector teen-pop, and Nuggets garage-punk with the youthful abandon of kids finding new toys in the attic, the Smith Westerns' music exudes an earnestness almost as pure as its recording levels are deafening.

JAVELINS open.

 

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