I'm crushed, isn't that enough?
Why would you care, you're not even there
I'm torn, like the day I was born
Torn from someone else, left up to myself
You could stay for a long time
But you’re coming on wrong
I can tell that I could never tell you nuthin’
You’ve bee comin’ undone for a little too long, come on
I'm destroyed, you're not paranoid
But I destroyed myself, it was no one else
Well I try, don't you know I try
You want to know the truth?
You want another lie?
After the first Soft Targets 7" came this five-song CD EP recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago. It featured new drummer Dave Potter and would be the last appearance of Tim Davison on bass.
On the new EP Whatever Happened to Soft Targets?, this four-piece just about nails an icy-cool postpunk sound halfway between the Only Ones and Joy Division. The guitars jump from overdriven chugging to expansive, echoing chords, the drums are trebly and brittle with slapback reverb, and vocalist Chris Auman sings with world-weary aloofness—when he hits the occasional wrong note, it just sounds like he can't see the point of trying any harder.
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.
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.
released January 1, 2007
Dave Potter: drums
Chris Auman: guitars, vocals
Tim Davison: bass, bell chimes on "Crushed"
Reg Shrader: guitar, percussion on "Clearing the Brush"
Recorded at Electrical Audio and Semaphore with engineer Kris Poulin. Mastered by Saff Mastering. Split release with Backward Masking.