Soft Targets is a Tallahassee, Florida three-piece formed in January of 2004 by singer and guitarist Jesse Corry and bassist/keyboardist Nathan Sadler. The two met at Florida State University’s Music School, where Sadler was a student, and Corry was a songwriter looking for a quiet place to work. The band later added drummer Steven Gillespie of Tallahassee popsters The Ums to become today’s Soft Targets.
Displaying a rare combination of musical prowess and lyrical maturity, Soft Targets is best at doing what many of its contemporaries don’t even attempt: writing memorable pop songs that engage genuine human feelings, deftly eschewing hipper-than-thou irony in favor of emotional honesty. And it’s exactly this quality -- the authenticity and essential humanity of their songs -- that makes Soft Targets a creative force to be reckoned with.
Recorded with Atlanta based producer/engineer Tim DeLaney (The Swimming Pool Qs, Kopernik), the band’s sophomore LP, Heavy Rainbow, takes the distinctive sound of Soft Targets’ first album, Frequent Flyer, and builds on it, adding new dimensions to the songwriting, bringing in more layers and counter-melodies, experimenting with texture and song-form while at the same time, lovingly embracing the classic pop sweetness of bands like ELO and Todd Rundgren.
Fans of Frequent Flyer and first-time listeners alike will find plenty to savor in the quiet intensity of the horn-laden “Sugar Glass”, the beautiful understatement of “Dear Atlanta”, and the circular atmospherics of “Surrendering Slow,” while those who enjoy the jauntier, up-tempo side of Soft Targets will appreciate the churning “Calm Me Down” with its nod to the glittery groove of T-Rex, and the unrelenting pop push of “So Long, Baby Burns”, along with other new Soft Targets’ A-sides like “Under Control,” “The World Looks Bigger Now,” and the album’s first single “Something Else” .
Soft Targets will be touring the east coast to coincide with the September 9th, 2008 national release of Heavy Rainbow, with dates scheduled in the southeast, New York, Pittsburgh and other major markets. Check out the dates below for a show near you.
Soft Targets Live:
08/29 Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
08/30 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
09/02 Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
09/04 Asheville, NC @ The Rocket Club
09/07 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
09/09 Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone Cafe
09/11 St Louis, MO @ The Underground
09/12 Chicago, IL @ Quenchers 9 PM
09/13 Spring Grove, IL @ Basement Tapes
09/15 Bloomington, IN @ The Cinemat
09/17 Dayton, OH @ Canal Street Tavern
09/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
09/19 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
09/20 New York, NY @ Rehab (Formerly Club Midway)
09/22 Williamsburg, Brooklyn @ Don Pedro
09/23 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club
09/25 Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight
09/26 Winston-Salem, NC @ Elliot’s Revue
09/27 Marietta, GA @ Swayze's
09/29 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Heavy Rainbow Tracklisting:
Release Date: Sept. 9th, 2008
01. Something Else
02. Calm Me Down
03. Sugar Glass
04. The World Looks Bigger Now
05. Surrendering Slow
06. So Long, Baby Burns
07. Under Control
11. Heavy Rainbow12. Small Straight
13. Dear Atlanta