The Soft Moon Wind Down U.S. Tour Tuesday at Rough Trade NYC

October 20th, 2017

Making experimental-guitar pop punk, the Soft Moon began as Luis Vasquez’s side project eight years ago. It started with a couple of singles and then a self-titled LP (stream it below) 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, performing “Tell” live in studio for KEXP FM) are a three-piece, with the addition of Luigi Pianezzola on bass and Matteo Vallicelli on drums. Their most recent full-length, Deeper (stream it below), came out in 2015, and in a glowing review, NPR Music called it a “stunning new album” before suggesting, “The result is unnerving, but it’s also tenderly, eerily gorgeous.” With a new LP, Criminal, due to arrive next February, the band winds down a short American tour on Tuesday at Rough Trade NYC. As an added bonus, the duo Horoscope opens the show.