SOFT TARGETS DISCOGRAPHY

(Let it) Ricochet b/w Straight Line
RoosterCow Records
7" RC008 2006

Side A:
(Let it) Ricochet

Side B:

Straight Line

 

Tim Davison: bass
Perry Finch: drums

Chris Auman: guitar, vocals
Reg Shrader:
guitar, backing vocals on
"Straight Line"

This seven inch was recorded by Eric Block at SEMAPHORE RECORDING, located in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. We did three songs—the two that appear on this single, and then a version of "Systems" that was never released but will be featured on an upcoming cassette from the cassette-only label CASSETTE PET CASSETTES—if that label even actually exists. This would be the one and only recording we ever did with original Soft Targets drummer Perry Finch.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SOFT TARGETS?
RoosterCow Records
CD EP RC010 2007

Returning
Clearing the Brush
(on Brokeback Mountain)
Crushed
Black Radiance
I'm Sold

Dave Potter: drums
Chris Auman:
guitar, vocals
Tim Davison: bass, bell chimes on "Crushed"
Reg Shrader:
guitars, percussion on "Clearing the Brush"

We recorded the five songs for this EP at ELECTRICAL AUDIO in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago. Yes, this is Steve Albini's studio. No, we did not meet him. Kris Poulin was the engineer. Tim was leaving the band so Whatever Happened... is sort of a clearing the deck of older songs before we started on what would become our debut full-length later in the year. I can't remember if we spent two days recording the basic tracks or just one, but the vocals were done at SEMAPHORE. This EP also features new drummer Dave Potter.

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WE HATE YOU SOFT TARGETS!
RoosterCow Records
CD RC011 2007

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

Dan Kiss: bass, percussion
Dave Potter:
drums, percussion
Chris Auman:
vocals, guitars, flute & trombone on "Systems"
Reg Shrader: guitars, kalimba, melodica, Casio SA-1, percussion
Tina Finch: backing vocals on "Line to My Head"

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. This was recorded with Kris Poulin at O.G.D.M.U in Logan Square, Chicago. It features Dan Kiss on bass which would form 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."

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The Kids Want Action b/w Don't Ask Why
Loud Devices
7" Device-4 2008

Side A:
The Kids Want Action

Side B:

Don't Ask Why

 

Reg Shrader: guitars, backing vocals
Chris Auman: guitars, vocals
Dave Potter: drums
Dan Kiss: bass, backing vocals
Jane Hanna: keyboards, backing vocals
Chris Negrete: backing vocals

John Dunlevy provided a home for our second single on his LOUD DEVICES label. This seven inch kicks off with "The Kids Want Action", a track from our as-yet-to-be-released second record. It's followed by a non-LP B-side; the Monkee's inspired, "Don't Ask Why." Local odd-ball artist, Mike Dixon, provided the cover which features a Mitt Romney-type politician (with three mouths) set against a backdrop of delicious curly fries. Mmmmm. Jane Hanna and future Soft Targets drummer, Chris Negrete (both from the band Vamplifier) helped out on vocals.

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SOFT TARGETS MUST BE DESTROYED!
RoosterCow Records
CD RC012 2008

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

 

Reg Shrader: guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Chris Auman: guitars, vocals, harmonica
Dave Potter: drums
Dan Kiss: bass, backing vocals
Jane Hanna: keyboards, backing vocals
Chris Negrete: backing vocals

The dreaded sophomore slump. We kept this particular line-up together to record our second full-length, but just barely. Dave Potter would fly the coop within a week after recording the basic tracks on Destroyed. At least he waited until his drum parts were finished. This was recorded in Logan Square at KAYFABE STUDIOS, again with Kris Poulin at the helm. Sophmore slump? I don't know. Maybe.

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DON'T PUT OUT
RoosterCow Records
CD RC013 2009

Figure It Out
When the Apocalypse Comes
I Don’t Act Right
Some Days
Public World
Runaround
Idiot Clause
Frustration
Western Civ.
Big Cats

 

Reg Shrader: guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Chris Auman: guitars, vocals
Dan Kiss: bass, backing vocals
Chris Negrete: drums, backing vocals
Jane Hanna: backing vocals
Scott Shehan: backing vocals
Tina Finch: backing vocals on "Big Cats"

Soft Targets had to do a quick rebound after Dave Potter flaked. We recruited Chris Negrete who was already playing drums in Vamplifier who we shared a practice space with. The rest of the Vamps, Scott Shehan and Jane Hanna, helped out with vocals and Tina Finch returned to provide backing vocals on "Big Cats". Adam Scott, guitarist for Chicago garage rock band, The Mediums, laid down multiple solo guitar takes for the cover of Mystic Tides, "Frustration." Poulin again in The Square at the studio now known as ARMITAGE SHANKS.

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Above the Arctic Circle CD cover

 

ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
RoosterCow Records
CD RC014 2010

Arctic Circle
Right Now
The Dust We Raise
World Won’t End
Allright in the Morning
Vitamin B
Don’t Trust Anyone
That Just Happened
Trouble Squad
Bed of Nails

Reg Shrader: guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Chris Auman: guitars, vocals, harmonica
Dan Kiss: bass
Chris Negrete: drums, backing vocals
Jane Hanna: backing vocals
Lavette Brown: backing vocals

Soft Targets kick out their fourth full-length record at PRECISION! studios. Recorded, as always, by engineer Kris Poulin, this ten track disc is a limited run of 300 copies. Benefiting from a solid and consistent line-up, Above the Arctic Circle displays a tight set of songs and a great sound. The Softies also get a little help from Lavette Brown and Jane Hanna on backing vocals.

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The Mediums/Soft Targets split 7" cover

 

THE MEDIUMS/
SOFT TARGETS
RoosterCow
split 7" RC015 2011

Side A:
Out of My Mind—The Mediums

Side B:

Zombie Holiday—Soft Targets

Chris Negrete: guitar, drums, vocals
Reg Shrader: guitar

Old friends THE MEDIUMS agreed to go in on a split seven inch with us. We had this song of Negrete's left over from the the Arctic Circle recording. Just Chris N. and Reg played on it and Negrete did the vocals. We thought it was a good fit with the full-on rock that The Mediums always bring to the turntable. Went for a mix of color on the vinyl. Dixon made our side of the cover. There are many variations.

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The Rise & Fall of Soft Targets

THE
RISE & FALL OF SOFT TARGETS

Cassette Pet
Cassette CPC01
2012

Side A:
(Let it) Ricochet*
Straight Line*
Systems (Semaphore Version)*
Don’t Ask Why†

Side B:
Bitter Pill†
Tromboner†
When the Apocalypse Comes (Slow Version)•
Frustration (x4 Adam)•
Cylon Tina•

Reg Shrader: guitars, vocals
Chris Auman: guitars, vocals
Dan Kiss: bass
• Tina Finch: vocals
•Chris Negrete:
drums, backing vocals
*Tim Davison:
bass
*Perry Finch:
drums
†Dave Potter: drums

This cassette release was in the can for over three years before it finally saw release at the beginning of 2012. What took so long? Who knows. It's orange though, and that's all that matters. Features songs from seven inch singles, outtakes and alternate versions of a few songs. "(Let it) Ricochet" was one of the first four or five Softies songs ever and "Straight Line" was as well. The two tracks made up the first Soft Targets seven inch for RoosterCow in 2006. The version of "Systems" was also recorded during those two days at SEMAPHORE. A different version would later appear on our debut full-length, WE HATE YOU SOFT TARGETS! The Monkee-fied "Don't Ask Why" was the b-side to the "The Kid's Want Action" 7". "Bitter Pill" was a weird outtake from the same recording session. "Tromboner" is what it is (that's second Soft Target drummer, Dave Potter in a phone message to Dan Kiss who went AWOL for about a week after SOFT TARGETS MUST BE DESTROYED! and no one had any idea what had happened to him). There's a slower version of "Apocalypse" with Tina Finch on backing vocals and an alternate version of "Frustration" with mulitiple guitar leads from Adam Scott. Finally, "Cylon Tina" (misspelled on the cover as "Cyclon Tina"), is messin' around with her backing track to "Western Civ" from the DESTROYED! record.

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DAY EP
Burning Empire
Digital EP BER01
2012

Lights Are Bright (Conspiracy Theory)
Bullets Over Brighton Park
Twenty-Four Hours

Chris Auman: guitar, vocals
Reg Shrader:
guitar
Dan Kiss: bass
Chris Negrete: drums, backing vocals

Right on schedule, the Softies returned to Poulin's studio on Armitage to record the latest batch of songs. The last nine Soft Targets songs were recorded in two days with vocals added a week or two later. Unintentionally, almost all the songs had a theme of either day or night or somehow concerning time in one way or another. It would all make sense eventually.

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AFTER DAY EP
Invisible City
Digital EP ICR01
2012

Roller Coaster Days
Hey Sunshine
Younger Days

Chris Auman: guitar, vocals
Reg Shrader:
guitar
Dan Kiss: bass
Chris Negrete: drums, backing vocals

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NIGHT AFTER EP
SFR
Digital EP SFR01
2012

Starry Eyed
Don’t Fall Apart Please
Your Ghost is Toast

Chris Auman: guitar, vocals
Reg Shrader:
guitar
Dan Kiss: bass
Chris Negrete: drums, backing vocals

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