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Soft Pack - you may have heard this one before
on 8 February 2010
Perhaps calling your band the Muslims wasn't a wise starting point for any band hence the this post punk outfit from San Diego on the US West Coast have changed there name to Soft Pack and had some American music mags salivating over the prospect of this albums release. Drowned in Sound amazingly gave this magnum hopeless 8 out of 10 for an album that has as much backbone as a chocolate eclair.
Sadly this is only a 2 star since I boosted it by extending the milk of human kindness. Do not get me wrong there is always a place for a good, loud and thrashy melodic punk band but in this case you can almost recognize the riffs and melodies lifted from other bands. Similarly singer Matt Lamkin is the Rory Bremmer of rock since is vocal sometimes sounds so much like Jonathan Richman I was expecting him to break into Roadrunner at any point.
If you were to get out your Ramones albums, dust down the Buzzcocks and throw in the Wombats and the Fall then you have Soft Pack. Other bands of course do this including current faves the The Drums. But where the latter are infectious, invigorating and add nice new twists, Soft pack stick to formula with entirely predictable results. "Answer to yourself" is essentially the Wombats "Moving to New York" but is not as good. "Parasites" is the best song on the album but the royalties should be paid to the Velvets. "Flammable" sounds like the Fall except Mark E Smith is a genius and this lot are not. Finally do we really need another song with the title "C'mon"? This kind of tiresome college rock essentially proves that West is not best when it comes to new American bands with the really exciting and innovative music coming from the East coast(with a few exceptions). All in all an album that might have struggled to make the John Peel show 20 years ago. I have a soft spot for this band but sadly its the swamp at the bottom of my garden.