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Soft Targets Must Be Destroyed

Soft Targets

Soft Targets Must Be Destroyed

The Softies kept this particular line-up together to record their second full-length, but just barely as drummer Dave Potterwould fly the coop within a week after recording the basic tracks. (At least he waited until his drum parts were finished.) Recorded in Logan Square at Kayfabe Studios, again with Kris Poulin at the helm.

Track Listing:

Bird Collision
The Kids Want Action
One More to Burn
(There's Gonna Be) Changes
Faulty Wiring
We Run This City
Dust in the Air
Gotta Let You Go

More Soft Targets releases:

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

We Hate You Soft Targets
Don't Put Out
Above the Arctic Circle
Soft Targets/Mediums split 7"
The Rise and Fall of Soft Targets
The Night After Day After Day Digital Mini LP
Ghosted Digital EP

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Unless I am remembering incorrectly, there was a time ('78 or '79 maybe?) when major labels started placing full page ads in music magazines that featured both their mainstream acts (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, perhaps) and newer punk or new wave bands (like the Clash, and, yes I know they weren't on the same label) Listening to this Soft Targets CD reminded me of these ads and that era in music. Punk and Classic rock existed as separate entities, but here was an overriding feeling that was created by the mixture of genres. There are some sonic traces of both cited bands on Soft Targets Must Be Destroyed, but it is in the manifestation of the spirit of the late 70s/early 80s that makes this record and exiting modern document.—Max Herman

When we reviewed Soft Targets’ 2007 release, We Hate You Soft Targets, we wrote the band was “simple, straightforward pop rock.” Soft Targets Must Be Destroyed! is similarly rife with dynamic chord progressions, syncopation, and, in some songs, a wall of sound. One major difference from the band’s last record is the production of the recording—Destroyed sounds fuller and more professional. The album’s best song is “Gotta Let You Go,” a sentimental piece whose universal subject matter should strike a chord with anyone who’s ever really cared about somebody else.—Brent White


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