Release Date: May 21, 2021
Record label: Fire Talk
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
PACKS was initially a solo song writing project of vocalist Madeline Link that she pursued between gigs as a set dresser for commercials. Now a four-piece composed of Shane Hooper (drums), Noah O'Neil (bass), and Dexter Nash (lead guitar), they all turn Link's melodically adventurous and introspective songs into the purest and brightest kind of indie rock. Take The Cake is enchanting from the start.
With everything going on these days, nihilism is at an all-time high. Today's young people have endured multiple recessions, the climate crisis and unstable housing markets, and yet are still expected to consume, produce and participate in these systems for little sustainable incentive. PACKS tell these stories well -- their songs are littered with ragged bodies and torn-up urban wastelands, overrun by capitalistic tendencies and endless self-doubt.