The band previously known as the Muslims, LA based soft-garage rock act The Soft Pack, has announced a deal with New York-based Kemado Records. Apparently the band and label had been in discussions prior to the name change, hopefully dispelling any rumors that it was done for potential label-signing purposes.
According to Billboard, the band cited the fact that they felt they shared the "same perspective" as Kemado.
In between heavy bouts of touring this spring, the Soft Pack will record its debut album, which it hopes will be out by the end of the year. "Right now, we're writing new songs and demos," guitarist Matty McLoughlin tells Billboard.com. "We've been writing and working pretty hard when we haven't been touring. And it's an incentive to get more work done."
The band, whose fast, guitar-driven sound recalls the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand, didn't even solidify its lineup until about a year ago. "It wasn't really a band prior to 2008. It was just whoever we could scrounge up and play shows with," McLoughlin explains.
Before the album, the Soft Pack plan to release songs via 7-inch vinyl singles on Kemado. Opening slots for the Raveonettes and the Black Lips are scheduled, along with appearances at South by Southwest and All Tomorrow's Parties in the United Kingdom.