Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Soft Moon - Insides

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Fancy a bit of gloomy post-punk to kickstart your morning? If, on the off-chance, you said yes to that question then your best option is to get stuck into the new single from US trio The Soft Moon who are recreating these sounds as well as anyone, including the originators. Their album 'Zeros' was released in the autumn to some acclaim and ahead of a huge tour (yes, yes, they'll be doing SXSW too) they've put forward one of the record's standouts, 'Insides', as a single, complete with a new video. A black and white one, naturally. The Soft Moon don't really do colour.

The video is a bit of a puzzler, centering around a door in the middle of nowhere and then some shady shots of the vocalist, along with abstract images. MTV here we don't come! Musically though, 'Insides' is awesome in the way it captures both mood and the sense of another time. Whether this reminds you of (the imagined) images of 1970s Berlin or early 80s Manchester it doesn't matter. It's part Factory records, part Bowie and Iggy, and all cold, icy cold, and shuddering. 'Insides' doesn't feel like it belongs in 2013, and to be honest we don't blame it.

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Catch them live:

03-06 Las Vegas, NV - The Beauty Bar
03-07 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
03-08 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
03-09 Denton, TX - 35 Denton (Denton Fest)
03-10 Norman, OK - Opolis
03-11 New Orleans, LA - Dragon´s Den
03-12 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald´s
03-14 SXSW - Club De Ville (Insound Showcase)
03-14 SXSW - Hotel Vegas (Austin Psych Fest Showcase)
03-16 SXSW - The Parish (Captured Tracks Showcase)
03-16 SXSW - The Elysium (Moog Showcase)
03-18 Kansas City, KS - Riot Room
03-19 Lincoln, NE - Knickerbockers
03-20 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
03-21 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03-29 Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
03-30 Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
03-31 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
04-02 Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
04-03 Saint Peterburg, Russia - Mod
04-04 Moscow, Russia - Artpay
04-05 Athens, Greece - Gagarin
04-06 Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
04-07 Budapest, Hungary - A38
04-08 Zagreb, Croatia - Mocvara
04-09 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Menza Pri Koritu
04-10 Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
04-11 Milan, Italy - Elita Milano Design Week Festival
04-12 Bologna, Italy - Covo
04-13 Padova, Italy - Loop / Bastione Alicorno
04-14 Dijon, France - Consortium (Kill Your Pop Fest)
04-15 Paris, France - Trabendo
04-16 London, England - Islington Academy
04-17 Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
04-18 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
04-19 Lille, France - Le Grand Mix
04-20 Amiens, France - La Lune des Pirates
04-21 Nantes, France - Stakhanov
04-26 Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
06-06 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #
06-07 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium #
06-15 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
06-16 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Northside Fest)

# w/ Ceremony, Total Control

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