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Editors’ Notes

This garage-rock-influenced quartet swapped their moniker from the Muslims to the Soft Pack, but their penchant for playing accidentally retro indie rock hasn’t changed, as evidenced by the 10 catchy tunes on their self-titled debut. “C’Mon” parties with rock ‘n’ roll filtered through the familiar tones of '90s noise-rock’s love of vintage gear from the ‘60s and ‘70s. So while their music echoes bits of 20th- century Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, singer Matt Lamkin sings with a new fire in his belly about the subjects orbiting his 21st- century existence. “Down On Loving” successfully blends ‘50s Fender surf tones with jangly ‘80s paisley pop, while songs like “Flammable” and the standout “Parasites” are refreshing revelations of pure originality. Like their contemporaries Surfer Blood, the Soft Pack’s ability to contrast the bygone cool of old-school college rock with subtly stylistic ideas firmly planted in the here and now gives hope for future branches of the indie rock family tree, while warranting need for a “Classic Indie” format on future radio stations.

Customer Reviews


Unreal album and the best part is that their guitarist has the best changeup I have ever caught.


the guitar and the band itself are why i like this album so much. dare i say it, but they sorta kinda sound a little similiar to the beatles, but with a more updated vibe. great music!

I'm hooked

I haven't been hooked on a sound like this since... idk maybe the Ramones. You hear very little that sounds fresh by the time you are 37, but this album and band are unbelievable. I can't stop listening to it.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing smart but simple rock that harks back to ‘60s garage, ‘70s punk, and ‘80s college rock, the Soft Pack feature vocalist/guitarist Matt Lamkin, guitarist Matty McLoughlin, bassist Dave Lantzman, and drummer Brian Hill. The band formed in San Diego in 2008, when Lamkin and McLoughlin decided to fill the void of straightforward, catchy rock bands in their town. At first, they called themselves the Muslims, and even released two October 2008 singles, Parasites/Walking with Jesus on I Hate Rock...
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