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The Soft Pack, Crocodiles

A co-headline affair of post-punk revival from San Diego combos

The Soft Pack

Crocodiles

Heavy Hawaii

Wed, October 17

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$12.00 - $13.00

This event is 21 and over

The Soft Pack
The Soft Pack
"The Soft Pack? Like, cigarettes?"

Well, no...not quite. The Soft Pack are a group of Southern Californian gentlemen looking to make a racket that lies somewhere in-between post-punk and post-Warren Zevon. How would you describe their music? Ask the guys themselves, and they might have simply said "rock 'n roll" at the time. Labels are boring though; onto the good stuff:

Starting in 2007, with Matt Lamkin (guitar/lead vox) and Matty McLoughlin (lead guitar) taking the helm, the band started a buzz early on while playing house parties, dive bars, and anywhere else possible in San Diego. By the following year, David Lantzman (Bass), and Brian Hill (Drums) had joined, rounding out the line-up and keeping things tidy. The guys spent a lot of time hanging out in the van that year, listening to way too much Steely Dan when nobody else at the party would hang out with them. In search of day jobs and a change of scenery, they moved to Los Angeles. Then things started picking up more and more. Plans were hatched, records were pressed, many tours were played, band names were switched, and their lives got quite busy for quite a while.

2010 was the group's last major statement, with the release of The Soft Pack (Kemado, produced by Eli Janney) full-length. Singles like "Answer to Yourself" and "C'mon" helped them gain wider attention. They spent much of that year on tour, playing with Kurt Vile & the Violaters, Male Bonding, Nodzzz, just to name a few. They appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman--followed by many enthusiastic phone calls to parents. A handful of trips overseas to Europe and Australia happened. Then they came home...life had become a blur. It was time to slow down a bit. They started working out, going to bed earlier, eating their vegetables, and now here they stand...a little older, with a few more wrinkles on the brain.

Since that time, they have been locked away without much sunlight, toiling and writing, and doing their damnedest to focus on writing the best follow-up they can. Choosing to travel down the self-produced road this time around, they are determined more than ever to create exactly the sort of record that they would buy themselves. This is indeed good news. While tinges of the fuzzy, garage-y element remains, the overall sound has expanded to "practice the weird", as Lamkin once said. Their collection of guitar pedals has grown. They like to switch instruments. They like to buy drum machines and listen to disco. They really like Funkadelic and Sly Stone. Only some of them still like to work out though.

The new album, Strapped, is due in September, 2012 on Mexican Summer. Things have been quiet for the time being, but for The Soft Pack, this feels like a new beginning. They can hardly wait to make a racket; get quite busy again.
Crocodiles
Crocodiles
Dirty, stripped down Jesus and Mary Chain style wallop combined with bits of experimental noise, bluesy swagger, and dense shoegazey goodness. The Crocodiles seem to reevaluate tried and true styles of rock from the past while injecting some fresh new blood into the proceedings. All the while they thankfully avoid falling into the trap of presenting themselves as some retro revival act, though they do have some mighty impressive hair. This is sure to appeal to those of you digging the lo-fi pop bliss of Wavves, Kurt Vile, No Age, and Crystal Stilts. From San Diego. Fat Possum
Heavy Hawaii
Heavy Hawaii
"Better go pick up some Heavy Hawaii creep rock. 'Sleeping Bag'' has got enough bird tweets, ghostly pallor, and waterlogged gee-tars to take you from zero to hero. Go ape on the rest of the nifty, unsettling prom ballads over at Art Fag, home of the HH release." --RCRDLBL