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The Soft Pack @ Mohawks, SXSW 2009 Day 3, Fri March 20th.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , , , on March 21, 2009 by musicmuleblog

The Soft Pack @ Mohawks, SXSW 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

mp3: The Soft Pack – Bright Side

Anyone who’s read these pages before may know that I saw The Soft Pack in February and was blown away. It happened again yesterday. Their brand of addictive Californina surf rock tunes really get inside your head. The band played just before The Hold Steady whose front man Craig Finn looked on impressed from the side of the stage as The Soft Pack’s Matt Lamkin (guitar/vocals) and Dave Lantzman (bass) played a warm up jam with backs to the crowd. He was there watching again several times during their proper set. Surely a good sign. Songs like ‘Extinction’ & the excellent excellent ‘Parasites’ fitting in nicely alongside some newer numbers. Bring on the album!

For Fans Of: The Stooges, The Strokes, The Rolling Stones.

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The Soft Pack @ 100 Club, Oxford St. May 20th 09.

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , on March 5, 2009 by musicmuleblog

The Soft Pack @ Hoxton B&G, Feb 26th 09 by musicmule.co.uk

What? The Soft Pack

At their Hoxton gig recently The Soft Pack completely blew me away with their energetic guitars, big drums, addictive vocals and general swagger. Equally good to dance or rock out to. One of the highlights of my year so far. These Californians deserve to be huge and I think they might be. Don’t miss this headline show at the legendary 100 Club.

For fans of: The Strokes, The Stooges, The Stones. Anything beginning with St

When? Wednesday, May 20th.

Where? 100 Club, Oxford Street.

How Much? £7.50

Tickets? ticketweb

mp3: The Soft Pack – Extinction
buy Nightlife 7” from Pure Groove.

Review: The Soft Pack + CHEW LiPS @ Hoxton Bar & Grill, Feb 26th 09.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Music Video, Tracks with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by musicmuleblog

The Soft Pack – Extinction

CHEW LiPS – Salt Air

Holy shit The Muslims were good tonight! Sorry, I mean The Soft Pack! They used to be called The Muslims you see but a few too many feathers were ruffled for that one to last. Anyway forget the name, tonight it’s the music that is most memorable. Like anyone I’m guilty of exaggerating from time to time but to hell with it – The Soft Pack are my new favourite band. Wow this post is off the blasphemy scale at the moment isn’t it! As I write this, set list smugly in hand I can inform you that the band start with tracks: ‘On My Time’, ‘Faithman’ and ‘Right Wrong’ all of which I’m unfamiliar with, my experience of them so far limited to MySpace tracks and their brilliant ‘Nightlife’ 7” single.

The songs are thankfully good enough to make prior knowledge unnecessary for enjoyment. Front man Matt immediately demands your attention with his lazy yet hard hitting vocal style, he has a bit of a shy college boy Jagger thing going on, an effortless coolness, which is surely the best type of cool. After the opening trio we get ‘Extinction’ and cue the start of the mosh pit, something you wouldn’t generally expect at this trendy East London venue on a Thursday eve but the crowd are really into the band tonight. A couple more tracks, new to me, succeed in keeping us enthralled.

Then onto the home straight and the best ten minutes of live music I’ve seen all year and the bar has already been set pretty high. Continue reading

On Repeat: The Soft Pack – Nightlife

Posted in On Repeat, Tracks with tags , , , , on February 23, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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The Soft Pack – Nightlife

The Soft Pack used to be called The Muslims, yes it was a better name but it’s gone, let it go!

Their music is great, laid back and dance inducing all at the same time. They’re from San Diego and you can practically taste the sunshine in their music. They evidently like The Stooges a bit. I can’t stop playing Nightlife and it’s b-side Beside Myself, buy the 7-Inch and it’s beautifully embossed sleeve from Pure Groove and come to see them with me at Hoxton Bar and Grill this Thursday.

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The Soft Pack + Stricken City + The Invisible @ The Lexington, Feb 20th.

Posted in Gigs, Music Video, Tickets with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by musicmuleblog

What? The Soft Pack + Stricken City + The Invisible

If you can’t wait till the 26th Feb to see them then go watch The Soft Pack (formerly The Muslims) this Friday at the Lexington. Surfy, Punky tunes that ooze California cool.

Support comes from two of London’s hopes for 2009, Maximo park tour buddies to be Stricken City and bizarre electro indie 3 piece The Invisible.

For Fans Of: The Strokes, The Stooges, Velvet Underground.

When? Friday, Feb 20th.

Where? The Lexington, Islington.

How Much? £5

Tickets? wegottickets *SOS 28 available here, more on the door.

Moshi Moshi Night feat. The Soft Pack, Chew Lips & Teeth, Feb 26th

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Tickets with tags , , , , , , on February 16, 2009 by musicmuleblog

CHEW LiPS, Buffalo Bar Cardiff, Nov 08 by musicmule.co.uk

So unless you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the sold out School of Seven Bells at Cargo then this is my suggested alternative for the cancelled Gang Gang Dance gig which was scheduled for the same night.

What? The Soft Pack + CHEW LiPS + Teeth

The Soft Pack have gained a lot of attention of late for changing their name from The Muslims. Apparently it wasn’t meant to be any great statement, they just liked the sound of it. But in the end too many feathers were ruffled and it was distracting from their music which is an addictive mix of The Strokes, The Stooges and Violent Femmes’ surf tinged guitar tunes.

CHEW LiPS are musicmule favourites despite not having released anything official yet, debut single Solo is out through French label Kitsuné on March 23rd. Frontlady extraordinaire Tigs is the new Roisin Murphy (Moloko) and is backed up by DFA like electronic beats, guitar and keys. Special.

Teeth are new to me, hailing from Philadelphia they have one album under their belts, ‘You’re My Lover Now’, which was Daytrotter’s 12th favourite album of 2007. The material is a real mixed bag of musical styles, everything from honky-tonk to garage rock and Mersey beat. Download the free Daytrotter session.

When? Thursday, Feb 26th.

Where? Hoxton Bar and Grill, Shoreditch.

How Much? £5

Tickets? ticketweb

The Soft Pack – Parasites

CHEW LiPS – Solo (demo)

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