The Soft Pack released their second album, Strapped, last month on the Mexican Summer label. The San Diego band bring out the keyboards and saxophone for this album on the single Bobby Brown while keeping that West Coast garage rock mentality. What they excel at are those hard driving songs that are instantly likeable. Saratoga is such a song on the album.
They are on my must-see list for live bands. They are one of the tighter, more consistent live bands you'll see. I was bummed when they had to cancel their Hudson River Rock show last summer due bad weather. God doesn't want you to see the Soft Pack. Thus, you should see them this month on their quick U.S. tour that kicks off tonight in Chapel Hill.
Rocktober 2: Local 506 -- Chapel Hill, NC
Rocktober 3: Black Cat -- Washington, DC
Rocktober 5: Kung Fu Necktie -- Philadelphia
Rocktober 6: Middle East -- Boston
Rocktober 9-10: Garrison -- Toronto
Rocktober 11: Magic Bag -- Detroit
Rocktober 12: Lincoln Hall -- Chicago
Rocktober 13: Turf Club -- Minneapolis
Rocktober 16: Crocodile -- Seattle
Rocktober 17: Doug Fir -- Portland
Rocktober 18: Slim's -- San Francisco
For a unique way to promote the album, they turned to Mr. Show comic mastermind Bob Odenkirk to put together a short film: