Last month Toronto’s PACKS announced their debut LP Take The Cake, and their signing to Fire Talk Records (Dehd, Patio, Mamalarky) and Royal Mountain Records (Wild Pink, Alvvays, Mac DeMarco) who will release the record on May 21st. The album was announced with the single “Silvertongue,” which caused considerable excitement, earning comparisons to Pavement, Sonic Youth and Best Coast from outlets like Stereogum, Exclaim and So Young, and best of the week nods from NPR, BrooklynVegan, Gorilla vs Bear and Paste. Today the band sharing their second single from the LP, “New TV,” which is premiering today with The FADER.
Singles per se, are not an indication of where an artist necessarily wants to plant their feet, but it is a spot on the map of their very own island that can be a lone path or a road with many stops. Toronto based band, Packs, have given us a stripped back, Indie style ditty , ‘New TV’ that favours both of those choices. It is the second single from their debut album ‘Take the cake’ that is to be released very soon and crafted from a genuine guitar riff, the song is fun, catchy and full of life, in essence, short and sweet. Madeline Link and her vocals sit perfectly in this very vein and the simple laid back atmosphere creep around your senses like a new found friend would, excited, different and seriously likeable. New TV blows fresh air into that balloon that is so often filled with musical gas and sends it skyward, clearing the trees, breaking free and soaring to who knows where.
REVIEW BY LLOYD WAKELING
Take The Cake will be released on May 21st via Fire Talk & Royal Mountain Records. It is available for preorder here.
1. Divine Giggling
3. Two Hands
4. New TV
6. My Dream
7. Hold My Hand
8. Holy Water
10. Blown By The Wind
11. U Can Wish All U Want
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.