SXSW 2013: The Soft Moon @ Elysium – Moog/Switched On Showcase 03.16

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Luis Vasquez of The Soft Moon added to the creepy ambience of the band's set with vocal scrams. Photo: Angela H. Brown

How was their stage presence?
The Soft Moon is a post-punk three-piece form San Francisco with Krautrock subtleties. Their stage presence was cool—lots of smoke, darkness and a few laser lights to round it out. The show was fantastic aside form vocalist Luis Vasquez's numerous vocal screams, emulating Robert Smith. The first couple were coo,l but the yowls became predicable by the fourth song. If Vasquez just used them for a song or two, they would be much more effective.

How did you hear about the band?
I stumbled across them while rummaging through the SXSW schedule. I'd never heard of them, but I liked audio clip that was posted on the website.

Give a musical equation that describes the band’s sound.
Chrome + Faust + The Cure (Pornography-era) ÷ Kittens for Christian

If you could insert any other musician into the band, who would it be?
I'd like to see Oliver Ackermann of A Place to Bury Strangers. If Ackermann could lay noisy guitar over The Soft Moon's flang and reverb,  it would give the band a tougher sound.

Was the show inside or outside? Was it day or night?
The show was inside the Elysium around midnight. Elysium is the Area 51 of Austin, except they have a much better stage for live shows, and it's only one floor as opposed to two.

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Luis Vasquez of The Soft Moon added to the creepy ambience of the band's set with vocal scrams. Photo: Angela H. Brown