Video: The Soft Pack, “Answer to Yourself”


This song, by California punk dudes The Soft Pack, includes the lamenting lyric I think I'm gonna die before I see my time. The video includes them working at a pizza place, delivering pizzas. Can't remember if that's existential or something else, some other pre/post-modern mental philosophy that says day-to-day is the same slog forever. Standing on the beach staring at the sand, standing on the beach with a gun in my hand = pizza delivery? It's not communist, at least, to be like "Working through my life and waiting for that time when I am going to not be working doing this." So maybe "Answer to Yourself" is Soft Pack's capitalist manifesto. Think about it. "Answer to yourself,", do you. This isn't FUBU—for us by us, it's FMBM (fumbum?)—for me by me. That's the point of California, right?—total sunshine enjoyment. Kind of the point of punk—work out your problems on your own. So maybe we've de-riddled this: Soft Pack are Buddhist dudes who find value in work, but only hard work that benefits yourself. Or maybe they just got an offer to get some free pizza and were like "Cool, sounds good, we're hungry." (via Stereogum)

Video: The Soft Pack, “Answer to Yourself”