Saw this in an email from Insound, The Soft Pack has a new single out from Kemado Records for the start of their UK tour, this one has a Cure cover of 'Grinding Halt' on the A-Side (check it out at Gimmie Tinnitus blog).
The Cure has been coming up on random a lot lately for me, especially the early stuff, 17 seconds, Three Imaginary Boys...and it's aged amazingly well. It really just gets better and better...maybe it's what certain things have come back around to...Blessure Grave, Blank Dogs...that minimal, synth based, clear songwriting. It's not catchy necessarily, but it's just solid, and always just exactly the right amount of depressing. Sure his voice might be a bit much at times, but they are just plain amazing tracks, even a lesser song like this that I can't even place on an album..was it a single?
The Soft Pack are all those things and they take this minimal bassline foundation and Matty adds his signature vocals, which kind of sound really upbeat here...inappropriately enough...the B-Side Buick Skylark' I couldn't find on anything..maybe from their new album? Can't wait to hear that...I have to preorder from Insound and get this bonus single.
I think what it is about The Cure is I can't trust my 16 year old self, he listened to some terrible things, so I usually immediately discount the Cure as from that era of my angsty high school experience. They have been beaten to death in my subconscious and I can't even think of them objectively anymore. Well....I haven't given them a chance.
For instance hearing their cover, I must have never actually heard the lyrics for Grinding Halt, and it goes right along with Hollywood's disaster armageddon obsession lately. 2012, I am legend, The Road.
'No food, no people. Stop short. Everything's coming to a grinding halt. No sound no people, no clocks, no people.'
That reminds me, I hope they do another season of The Colony, I loved that thing on discovery. Apocolyptic LA with a bunch of random people and have them attacked and fight for resources. A little sick maybe, but it wasn't another cheesy reality show.
I'll admit, I guess I think about that idea. How it would work out in Brooklyn.
I'm sure they would find me curled up in a corner with a pile of singles I can't play anymore rocking back and forth.
Anyway, pick this up before the world ends and there's no more electricity and you can't listen to it.
How's that for incentive?
VINYL FORMAT. Tracks: "Grinding Halt" b|w "Buick Skylark." The Soft Pack (formerly the Muslims) have a full length coming out on Kemado in early 2010, but for now here is a limited edition tour only 7", hand numbered out of 500. The A-Side is a Cure cover!