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Two Nights of the Soft Pack

September 9th, 2010


Three years ago San Diego musicians Matt Lamkin (vocals and guitar) and Matty McLoughlin (guitar) formed a group called the Muslims. “We wanted to start a band that played simple, catchy, smart rock songs,” says Lamkin. Eventually they added Dave Lantzman (bass) and Brian Hill (drums) and put out a few well-regarded singles. But after too many ignorant comments, they decided to be called the Soft Pack instead. They also chose get out of Dodge, which, in this case, meant heading to L.A. But despite the name change, the Soft Pack (above, playing “Answer to Yourself” on Late Show with David Letterman) continue to put their personal twist on ’60s garage, ’70s punk and ’80s college rock. Their self-titled debut came out earlier this year. And you can check out the new tunes tomorrow and Saturday night at The Bowery Ballroom.