Friday, February 12, 2010

Pyles Session: The Soft Pack, 2.2.2010

Last week The Soft Pack had a homecoming in San Diego on the day their new self-titled record was released. Pyles recorded a session with the band at Capricorn Studios and invited a few of us along to hang out. It was fun getting to hang out with Pyles, O, McHank (who was celebrating his birthday) and Jeff, and of course we were all super paparazzi with our cameras.

Capricorn is a super-cool studio downtown near Pokez. Brian showed us around and I noticed how many bands have recorded there...if you're looking for space, you should definitely check them out. We waited around for the band to arrive, enjoying some cold beverages and the boys geeked out on gear talk.

The Soft Pack arrived a little after we did, we helped unload the gear, they set up and then went right into the session. They played a handful of songs and will air on an upcoming Local 94/9 show. Afterward I took some band shots and hit the road before going to their free show at the Tower Bar later that night.

I'd arranged an interview through their publicist, but since I prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it, I wrote down all the questions I had for them, and they kinda went with it where they wanted. You can see that here:

The band had also spent all day Saturday playing 10 shows and there's a great video of that.


Their show at Tower Bar was really fun and felt like the old days. You can see some of my photos from the day and night after the jump if you click 'keep on reading'. The poor guys had to take off after their show to get to LA at the crack of dawn for a flight to New York where they landed and took a bus to Philly, played a show, then had a show in NYC before flying off to England. The big news is that besides playing Coachella this summer (and planning a date in SD that I can't yet reveal), they're gonna be on The Late Show with David Letterman on Friday night. Big thanks to Brian at Capricorn, Pyles, Matt, Matty, Brian and Dave in the band for the session and the vinyl, Kemado Records, and FTW! media for making the day so much fun.

Update: O just added this video to his site:

O and Brian talking gear

It was McHank's birthday

Pyles: The man behind the session

Mick at the Tower Bar always has the BEST movies running in the bar

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