In March, PACKS released Crispy Crunchy Nothing. The band's sophomore LP built on the momentum that had been sparked around the Madeline Link-led project with the release of their 2021 debut Take The Cake, earning comparisons to artists like Alex G, Vivian Girls, Pavement and Best Coast from publications like FADER, Stereogum, Consequence, Alt Press, Uproxx, FLOOD, Paste and BrooklynVegan. The album was an exciting step forward for the band and one that pushed their sound in some promising new directions.

That promise has been realized far sooner than even the most optimistic PACKS fan could have hoped, as today they are announcing their third LP Melt The Honey (due out January 19th on Fire Talk), and sharing the album's not-quite-title-track "Honey," with its accompanying video.


Remarkably, the band's second LP in 12 months was recorded just before the release of their previous album. Over the course of 11 days last March, Link and the rest of her band (Dexter Nash [guitar], Noah O’Neil [bass] and Shane Hooper [drums]) gathered in Mexico City. PACKS practiced new songs in a rented studio space, with each member bringing their aesthetic sensibility to the table. From there, they took a bus to Xalapa where they spent the remainder of their time abroad working at a house known as Casa pulpo, an architectural feat removed from the bustle of city life, owned and operated by Wendy Moira, the visionary behind Teatro Lucido, a prominent theater and music venue in Mexico City. “The house has no straight lines, it puts you in a creative mindset,” Link says. “Plus, it was really warm, we were there for three weeks enjoying the weather and self-recording with minimal equipment."

Melt the Honey emulates the environment in which it was made; it’s a warm, unvarnished album, one that invites the listener into PACKS’s familial way of working, which was made with the same group of musicians who have joined her since her Take the Cake debut in 2021 taking part once again.

Part of the vibrancy of the recording also comes from an underlying emotional shift in Link’s life: falling in love. The album’s title draws from the lead single “Honey,” written in a Chilean beach town where Link briefly lived ensconced in these feelings, sharing a home with her romantic partner and allowing herself to experience life in an easier way, through the lens of having someone by her side.

"I wrote this song while I was living in a tiny beach town in Chile, nestled between two hills," Link explains. "They don’t have maple syrup down there so we’d have honey instead. To keep the honey from burning you have to melt it a special way! As this developed into a habit, I think I was struck by how cute it was."

Ahead of the new album's release PACKS will be spending much of the fall on tour in the US with Geese, before heading to Europe with Slow Pulp in November and December. Full details can be found below.

PACKS' Melt The Honey is available for preorder HERE.

Tour Dates

  • Sept 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
  • Oct 1 - Washington, DC - Pie Shop
  • Oct 4 - Troy, NY - No Fun*
  • Oct 6 - Boston, MA - Sinclair*
  • Oct 7 - Montreal, QC -Bar Le Ritz*
  • Oct 8 - Toronto, ON - Velvet*
  • Oct 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Bottlerocket*
  • Oct 11 - Detroit, MI - Third Man*
  • Oct 12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall*
  • Oct 13 - Milwaukee, WI - Colectivo*
  • Oct 14 - Minneapolis - 7th Street Entry*
  • Oct 16 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
  • Oct 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
  • Oct 19 - San Diego, CA - Whistle Stop
  • Oct 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Ghengis Khan
  • Oct 22 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
  • Oct 24 - Portland, OR - Mission Theatre
  • Oct 25 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
  • Oct 27 - Vancouver, BC - Green Auto
  • Nov 29 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club#
  • Nov 30 - Liverpool, UK - Jimmy’s#
  • Dec 01 - Glasgow, UK - the Hug & Pint#
  • Dec 02 - Dublin, IE - Workmen’s Club#
  • Dec 04 - Manchester, UK - Yes#
  • Dec 05 - Bristol, UK - Strange Brew#
  • Dec 06 - London, UK - Moth Club#
  • Dec 07 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store#
  • Dec 10 - Antwerp, BE - Trix#
  • Dec 11 - Paris, FR - L’International#
  • Dec 13 - Berlin, DE @ Bedehaus Szimiple#
  • Dec 14 - Leipzig, DE - Conne Island#
  • Dec 15 - Schorndorf, DE - Club Manufaktur#
  • Dec 16 - Munster, DE - Gleis 22#

*supporting Geese

# supporting Slow Pulp

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