The Soft Pack’s eponymous 2010 debut was as solid as crystal and it’s good to see the Los Angeles by way of San Diego garage rockers getting ready to drop some more distortion drenched pop-rock. “Saratoga” is the first released track from the quartet’s upcoming Strapped (ha! it’s a fake penis joke!) and picks up right where the group left off, with charming fuzz and driving rhythm.
But beneath the veneer of a road trip worthy song lies bitter disappointment. Front-man Matt Lamkin tears through the song’s subject, asking, “Could you describe what you feel you’re doing?” since “from [his] side it seems you’re screwing everyone around you.” However, the real kicker comes when Lamkin asks, “Could you be kind enough to find the time to return all the time that I spent right beside you?”, a request which stings just all the more due to its politeness and seemingly careless delivery.
The Soft Pack clearly haven’t lost their bulge and Strapped is due out September 25 via Mexican Summer.