San Francisco-based neo-post-punk band, The Soft Moon, have never been shy of bringing brutality to their music. With titles like ‘Total Decay’, ‘Die Life’ and ‘Breathe The Fire’ there’s only one way it’s going. Not emo, I’m afraid but pure 80s industrial music – where did it even go?
Most likely hiding up the sleeve of The Soft Moon’s founder, Luis Vasquez back in 2009 when he started making The Soft Moon’s music as a solo project. Soon after releasing two singles and the debut self titled LP, Vasquez put his energy to forming a full band around his project with the aim to deliver a ‘full sensory experience’ whilst performing live.
The latest video for new single ‘Want’ gets rather intense: featuring scenes of breaking-in, drug abuse, nudity and violence. Directed by Grant Singer who comments from an interview with Captured Tracks, “Luis [was] explaining to me what the lyrics mean, what head space he was in while making the music. The song’s about wanting what you can’t have, this idea of guilt, addiction, and regret, and we tried to physicalize that in the video.”
If you’re feeling a little industrial, The Soft Moon play London’s Islington Academy on April 16th as part of a full European tour. Full dates below.
10 Rome Circolo Degli Artisti
11 Milan Elita Milano Design Week Festival
12 Bologna Covo Club
13 Padova Loop / Bastione Alicorno
14 Dijon Consortium
15 Paris Trabendo
16 London O2 Islington Academy
17 Amsterdam Melkweg
18 Antwerp Trix
19 Lille Le Grand Mix
20 Amiens La Lune Des Pirates
21 Nantes Stakhanov
Words by Jojo Khor