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 We Hate You Soft Targets

Soft Targets

We Hate You Soft Targets

RC011 CD [2007]

After three years with a revolving line-up that did not allow for many live shows, Soft Targets had a lot of songs. Whatever was leftover after Whatever ended up on this record. Recorded with Kris Poulin at O.G.D.M.U in Logan Square, Chicago. Features Dan Kiss's debut on bass which would start the longest lasting line-up of Soft Targets up to this point, no small feat it must be said. Former Soft Targets bass player, Tina Finch, returns to help out on "Line to My Head."

Track Listing:

Walk Away
Maybe You Will
Line to My Head
Traitors & Spies
See You on the Way Back Down
Inside Your Love
Black, Blue Black
Weird Weather
Moving On 

More Soft Targets releases:

(Let it) Ricochet b/w Straight Line 7"
Whatever Happened to Soft Targets EP

Soft Targets Must Be Destroyed
Above the Arctic Circle
Don't Put Out
Soft Targets/Mediums split 7"
The Rise and Fall of Soft Targets
Ghosted Digital EP

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Lawyers by day, rockers by Night

Article by Eric Herman about lawyers in bands, featuring Soft Targets bass player, Dan Kiss.

The members of Soft Targets aren't kids, and as a result the dozen songs on We Hate You Soft Targets reveal a maturity and gravity often missing from the repertoire of younger acts. Their post punk sound is wholly appealing, and tunes like 'Walk Away' and 'See You On The Way Back Down' exhibit a singular blend of energy and ennui. It's grown-up music that happily retains a youthful oomph.—Jeff Berkwitz

Chicago's Soft Targets have always been known as a supergroup—although the lineup has rotated so much that which groups make it "super" are constantly changing. Suffice to say, you've got alums from Seam, Lustre King and Reagan National Crash Diet here, and a sound that veers from punky pop to the more dramatic, minimalist leanings of early Raygun/Pegboy. Tonight the band celebrates the release of its latest full-length, We Hate You Soft Targets! (the band also plays a free show at Permanent Records at 2:30pm today). Philly's Clockcleaner (on Baltimore's Reptilian Records) plays music you could clean your clock to—if you wanted to bust it into little pieces, rhythmically stomp on it and then kick it to all corners of the room.

Despite numerous line-ups since the band's inception in the summer of 2004, Soft Targets released this cohesive album this fall. The sound is simple, straightforward pop rock (think the Toadies meet the Pixies). The band's previous release, Whatever Happened to Soft Targets?, an EP, received positive reviews from local press. "This four piece just about nails an icy-cool, post-punk sound halfway through the Only Ones and Joy Division," wrote Miles Raymer in the Chicago Reader. And bassist Dan Kiss, whose chugging baselines sound dirtier than the dirtiest White Stripes song, works a day job that seems unlikely for an older indie rocker: he's a Cook County assistant public defender.—Brent White


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