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The Soft Moon Bring New Tunes to Music Hall of Williamsburg

April 9th, 2015

Making experimental-guitar pop punk, the Soft Moon began as Luis Vasquez’s side project six years ago. It started with a couple of singles and then a self-titled LP and an EP, Total Decay (stream it below), earning heady comparisons to the likes of Joy Division. Pitchfork said the music draws “from the coldest, most metallic zeniths of post-punk and industrial rock.” The material is the product of Vasquez—“I’m Cuban, so I grew up with a lot of Afro-Cuban funk”—and his surroundings—“There are no straight lines in San Francisco.” But while it’s a one-man band when it comes to recorded material, live, the Soft Moon (above, their official video for “Far”) are a three-piece, with the addition of Matteo Salviato on bass and Matteo Vallicelli on drums. Their newest full-length, Deeper (stream it below), just came out a few weeks ago, and in a glowing review, NPR Music calls it a “stunning new album” before suggesting, “The result is unnerving, but it’s also tenderly, eerily gorgeous.” See them play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night.

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The Soft Moon Celebrate New Album at The Bowery Ballroom

October 29th, 2012

Making experimental-guitar pop punk, the Soft Moon began as Luis Vasquez’s side project three years ago. It started with a couple of singles and then a self-titled LP and an EP, earning heady comparisons to the likes of Joy Division. Pitchfork said the music draws “from the coldest, most metallic zeniths of post-punk and industrial rock.” The material is the product of Vasquez—“I’m Cuban, so I grew up with a lot of Afro-Cuban funk”—and his surroundings—“There are no straight lines in San Francisco.” But while it’s a one-man band when it comes to recorded material, live, the Soft Moon (above, doing “Tiny Spiders”) are a four-piece, with bassist Justin Anastasi, drummer Keven Tecon and synth player Damon Way joining frontman Vasquez, plus Ron Robinson working the visuals. See for yourself how well the band balances what you see and what you hear when they celebrate the release of their newest, Zeros, with a record-release show tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.