The Soft Moon Rises in Pittsburgh

Published On February 16, 2016 | By Mackenzie Sugrue | Music
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Photo By Andrei Musat

Music is a timeline. From the beginning of mankind, you can trace genres and artists that are influenced by music of the past, and musicians whose own sounds have evolved from previous ones.

Punk music stemmed from rock music, just like post-punk stemmed from punk. “Post-punk,” by definition, is “a denoted style of rock music inspired by punk, but less aggressive in performance and musically more experimental.”

More often than not, genres go above and beyond textbook definitions; and the “sound” is solely defined by the listeners’ own perceptions.

Bassist-producer of Blink 182, Mark Hoppus, once shared his perspective on punk: “I never though of punk rock as the absolute act of rebellion for the sake of rebellion. There’s a lot of that in there, but for me, I think punk rock was always about questioning things and making decisions for yourself.”

Luis Vasquez, frontrunner of The Soft Moon collective, shares a similar perception.

1531896_10151821535131316_1484563167_nWhat some people don’t know is that The Soft Moon was never meant to gain a following–the public wasn’t even supposed to hear it. The concept was solely for Vasquez’s “self-actualization,” not to be confused with “self- aggrandizement.”

But in 2010, Vasquez was spitting out records faster than most people could dream them up, dropping three releases in one year–“Parallels,” “Breathe The Fire” and “The Soft Moon”–on Brooklyn-based record label, Captured Tracks. The group’s self-titled album earned an 8.1 review on Chicago’s online music magazine and said Vasquez made, “oblivion seems like an enticing prospect.”

Following a successful 2010, The Soft Moon went on to put out five more releases in five years with “Total Decay,” in 2011, “Evidence,” and “Zeros,” in 2012, “Feel,” in 2014, and just last year–“Deeper.”

The band brings a refreshing take to the music scene with their unique mesh of punk and old-school rock–from the psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd, to the punk attitude of Nirvana.

Hailing from Oakland, California, The Soft Moon is hitting the East Coast with special guests: The Gotobeds, The Garment District, and Silence. The Gotobeds are punk affiliates of the Steel City’s Sub Pop Records, and The Garment District has their roots in various cities all over the North Coast, while Silence calls the ‘Burgh their home.

The bands will be sharing their talents with fans and friends at Cattivo (21+) on Friday, February 19, starting at 9PM. Tickets are available online and at the door ($12).

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