LIST: DS Top Albums of 2012

2012 felt like somewhat of a mixed bag of musical lollies with our favourites encompassing americana, power pop, 80s synth, indie and many shades of psychedelia. The only thing that tied them all together was the strong streak of melody that each was built on. Even in the case of someone like Neil Young & Crazy Horse it was Young’s incredible weaving of musical notes … Continue reading LIST: DS Top Albums of 2012

ALBUM REVIEW: The Soft Pack | Strapped

by Chris Familton The LA quartet return with their sophomore album that finds them throwing more influences into the mix while still maintaining their highly melodic indie rock sound. Strapped feels like a step up for a band that specialized in efficient garage rock dispatches and even though they have softened their rawer edges they have compensated by dialing in more expansive textures and song … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Soft Pack | Strapped

New Releases | October 6th 2012

NEW RELEASES This week sees a handful of noteworthy album releases with the most prominent being the new Tame Impala LP Lonerism. The hype has been building for this one for a while now and on early listens it doesn’t disappoint. There is a huge widescreen sound happening with Kevin Parker’s trademark psych signature all over the guitars, drums and increasingly – synths. San Diego’s … Continue reading New Releases | October 6th 2012

NEWS: The Soft Pack announce new album details

The Soft Pack’s 2010 self-titled album was one of my favourites of that year so I’m pretty excited that the quartet have a new album Strapped out on September 25th via Mexican Summer. You can check out the first single Saratoga below. Track Listing: 1. Saratoga 2. Second Look 3. They Say 4. Tallboy 5. Bobby Brown 6. Chinatown 7. Ray’s Mistake 8. Oxford Ave. … Continue reading NEWS: The Soft Pack announce new album details

ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010

That’s it then, 2010 done and dusted and although it wasn’t the best year ever for new music there were some damn fine records released. This year we’re seeing an even more eclectic mix of flavours coming through from witch house, minimal electronica, americana, experimental and the all encompassing indie tag. Have a look at what we loved through the year, click on the covers … Continue reading ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010

REVIEW: The Soft Pack | The Soft Pack

written by Chris Familton The cyclical nature of guitar music is such that the recycling of genres is happening at a quicker pace with every turn. As soon as you read that grunge is back there is another garage rock explosion on the horizon or prog rock is the flavour of the month. Thankfully the bands that rise above the hype are the ones that … Continue reading REVIEW: The Soft Pack | The Soft Pack

NEWS: THE SOFT PACK new album out soon…

The Soft Pack are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album in March and to celebrate and whet your appetite they are offering up a free download of the brilliant Answer To Yourself which sounds like a glorious cross between The Saints and The Strokes. It rolls like a lazy summer afternoon with plenty of snarl and bite to get your head … Continue reading NEWS: THE SOFT PACK new album out soon…