The Soft Pack 'Answer to Yourself' live on 91X (2009)
Formerly known as The Muslims, San Diego indie rock outfit The Soft Pack will play for free at Amoeba Music Berkeley this evening at 6pm. The band has an amazingly catchy sound that they unleash on their about to drop (next Tuesday) self-titled debut on Kemado Records (and on Heavenly Records in the UK). What I personally love about these guys' sound, especially the new album track "Answer To Yourself," which has been stuck in my head for the past two days straight, is how much it reminds me of one of my favorite eras of music: Belfast Northern Ireland punk circa 1979/1980 on the Good Vibrations label. I love it and the rest of the head nodding, retro-sounding tracks that I have heard off the new album (recorded with Eli Janney of Girls Against Boys). At today's Amoeba Berkeley in-store, you can pre-order it, in addition to getting an autographed CD booklet along with a limited-edition 7" from the band (while supplies last at the Telegraph Ave. Amoeba today only).
Above is the band playing live on radio station 91X a few months ago and below is a clip of them doing an instore at the Hollywood Amoeba on October 29th, 2008.
Also below is a rare video of Bay Area legends The Mermen, who will be doing a free instore at the San Francisco Amoeba Music on Friday (Jan 29th) at 6pm. Below the Mermen clip is one of the renowned Texas "hillbilly boogie" artist Wayne Hancock, who will be doing a free in-store at the Hollywood Amoeba Music tomorrow (Weds, Jan 27th) at 6:30pm in celebration of his most recent release Viper of Melody (Bloodshot Records). Unless you are not in Cali this week there is no excuse to not make it to at least one of these great free in-stores at Amoeba Music!
The Soft Pack "On My Time" live @ Amoeba Hollywood (2008)
Mermen live at Sand Bar near Ocean Beach, CA (2001)
Wayne Hancock's electronic press kit (EPK) on his new album Viper of Melody (2009)