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- Posted on Feb 24th 2010 4:50AM by Andrew Kerr
During the Soft Pack's last visit to the UK back in November, guitarist Matty McLoughlin contracted bronchitis what was already a brief jaunt became even briefer, with just the London date surviving.
Possibly a result of that experience, McLoughlin happily pointed out his dislike for the capital during their Glasgow gig on Wednesday night (Feb. 23), telling the King Tut's crowd "we love it here, I hate London ... this is our favourite UK city."
Such declarations of admiration are all too common during gigs in Glasgow, but the Soft Pack guitarist's sentiment seemed to be from the heart.
Singer-guitarist Matt Lamkin cut an unassuming figure on stage, restricting his words to the odd introduction. The L.A. based quartet were clearly content to let barrage after barrage of psyche-infused garage punk do the talking.
Driven on by Brian Hill's relentless drumming, riding wave after wave of reverb-soaked guitar, 'More or Less,' 'Parasites' and 'Tides of Time' proved particularly potent and far more impressive than on their recently released eponymous debut.
Live, it's easy to understand why the band attracted so much attention at SXSW last year.