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New Meetup: White Lies/Friendly Fires @ Bowery Ballroom

From: Rachel
Sent on: Friday, January 30, 2009 12:32 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: White Lies/Friendly Fires @ Bowery Ballroom

When: March 27,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: White Lies / Friendly Fires
The Soft Pack (Formerly The Muslims)
Venue: The Bowery Ballroom
Date: Fri 3/27
Notes: 18+
Doors 8:00 PM
$16 advance / $18 day of show

White Lies
The three-piece U.K. band have the makings of a band to reckon with, especially when you throw in the names Muse, U2 and The Smiths as influences. They've got a handful of songs in their arsenal, but they sound like they've been at this for years. Again, let's not get out the anointing oil yet, and earmark them for Arctic Monkey size mega-overnight success. Then again, this is the Internet, home of the over-hype. I will say this, from what I've heard, it's pretty powerful stuff from a young band. It's big, brash, emotion and British. - Music Snobbery

Friendly Fires
Say hello to Friendly Fires, born of commuter belt boredom, now one of the most exciting new bands in the country. Last year, a super limited seven-inch, Paris, was judged to be the single of the week in both the NME and The Guardian. They were the first unsigned band to appear on Channel 4?s Transmission show. Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe, Colin Murray and Rob Da Bank are fans. Now signed to XL, they count Radiohead, The White Stripes and Adele as their labelmates.

The Soft Pack
For a band whose lineup has only really been cemented this year, The Soft Pack formerly known as The Muslims have already accomplished a breathtaking amount.

From San Diego but now based in Los Angels CA, the 20-something quartet, which features Matt Lamkin on vocals, co-founder Matty McLoughlin on guitar, David Lantzman on bass and Brian Hill on drums, create a fresh, razor-sharp, no-frills sound. Their fiercely infectious, stripped-down songs blew the roof off this year's CMJ festival where they played 11 shows to increasingly packed-out crowds. Their live shows are sweaty affairs, with a pulse raising rock n roll swagger that the New York Press succinctly described as "no bullshit".

The Soft Pack cut their teeth on the live circuit earlier this year, with highly charged shows in Southern California and trips to the East Coast with The Walkmen, The Howlies and The Vivian Girls. Their untitled self-released debut 12-inch EP was pressed up with one-of-a-kind artwork shot with bullet holes by a father of a friend, a former NYPD. It sold out immediately and is currently being re-pressed with brand new tracks.

A sign that The Soft Pack are on a steadfast roll to greater things, The Breeders, The Last Shadow Puppets & Franz Ferdinand all tapped the band for main support slots, no doubt wowed by classics-in-waiting like "Nightlife", "Extinction" and "Parasites".

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