The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack (Self-Titled) The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack (Self-Titled)

The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack

Listening to The Soft Pack has given me an idea for a movie. Maybe not a Hollywood big-budget flick, but who knows. It’s a story of someone like me, jumping in a van and going on tour with band all over the United States. But instead of drama over Kate Hudson that somehow gets resolved by all of us collectively singing “Tiny Dancer” on a busride to nowhere, we go to the Chevrolet headquarters wherever it is, and demand to see the CEO to deliver a simple message, Michael Moore-style. This isn’t a casual visit we are making, no, there’s something we need to say, The Soft Pack and I, to the marketing schmucks at Chevrolet on behalf of the American people: Enough with the fucking Mellencamp.

See, I believe that it’s easy to complain about things, and almost a million times out of million, it does no good. So at some pivotal point, someone needs to have an idea that offers a solution to change the way things are done. So, again Chevrolet: Enough with the fucking Mellencamp.

This is where The Soft Pack come in.
As the conversation with myself and the CEO guy reaches a crescendo, and peaks with one of those “so what the fuck do you want me to do?” moments, I reveal The Soft Pack playing behind me. I’m positive we can convince him that good, honest, every day workin’ people music doesn’t have to be John Mellencamp using his manufactured “I’m an American!” voice, and some ruggedly handsome cowboy throwing a leather saddle into the back of his ‘merican truck. This shit’s a construct made by the same people who use the phrase “the real America” and it’s as transparent as the Coug’s sudden Cougar-less name drop. I call bullshit.

And at this moment, the CEO guy, the audience, and America will realize that The Soft Pack embodies American music more than some Hollywood phony with highlights in his hair. The Soft Pack have the simple story-telling ability that many great American musicians have possessed before them; with the passion, energy and angst of some of the great American punk bands – that now sadly exist more in cruster-memoirs and hesher mixtapes than in pop-culture relevance.

This is where the movie ends, with the band, me, the open road and The Soft Pack blasting.

On the DVD, the alternate ending shows me and The Soft Pack breaking into John Mellencamp’s house and throwing one of those sweet House-Destruction parties you see in music videos from the 90’s.

Track Listing:
1. C’Mon
2. Down On Loving
3. Answer To Yourself
4. Move Along
5. Pull Out
6. More Or Less
7. Tides Of Time
8. Flammable
9. Mexico
10. Parasites

The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack (Self-Titled), reviewed by Delicious on 2010-03-01T10:09:14+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5



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