Toronto slack rockers PACKS are set to release their debut album, Take The Cake, on May 21st via Royal Mountain Records, and today they’ve shared a video for their new track, “Two Hands.”
The hazy, jangly track sees frontwoman Madeline Link weaving her vocals in and out of laidback melodies and gritty guitars. The accompanying video, which was directed by Link herself, channels the track’s spring energy, as she sings beneath pouring water in the dirt and makes her way through a picturesque field.
“This song is quite literal!” Link explains to NYLON. “On the walk home with muddy shoes and a light, almost delirious feeling in my chest that only stomping around in the mud can bring, I started humming the tune and the lyrics followed. A walk can transform your outlook on life, whether you are enraptured by a sunset full of colours only imagined in cartoons, you receive a sweet acknowledgement of existence from a stranger, or you get into a yelling match with a raving skeletor.”
Watch the video for “Two Hands” below.
Link initially started PACKS as a solo project before being joined by Shane Hooper (drums), Noah O’Neil (bass), and Dexter Nash (lead guitar.”
“The album is a meeting of old and new,” Link explains. “Old songs from a year ago where I’m having really horrifyingly awful days at work, getting doored while biking in Toronto and flying into the middle of the street, or going on dates with guys who I’m either instantly in love with, or who end up creeping me out a bit. Those songs are more packed with that feeling of hurtling-through-time-and-space-at-breakneck-speed, manic energy. The newer songs are infused with a foggier, slower-paced disillusionment, and deal with the strangeness of a reality morphing before my eyes every day. I still try to be optimistic obviously, but these songs are really glorified coping mechanisms.”