The Soft Moon bring dark wave to Stockholm

...the stage atmosphere was dark and smokey, backlit with bursts of strobe and all washed with red and blue light.

Every once in a while another band appears in the darkwave scene. They always have a strong grounding in the sound that makes darkawave what it is but often with a twist of innovation. The Soft Moon is one of those bands.

Playing for the first time in Stockholm since 2013 The Soft Moon brings energetic mesmerizing rhythms drenched in layers of synth texture, chorus laced bass, effects driven guitar and haunting vocals. As is usual for almost all darkwave gigs, the stage atmosphere was dark and smokey, backlit with bursts of strobe and all washed with red and blue light. Coupled with front man and composer Luis Vasquez's energetic movements, reminiscent of a specter darting back and forth around the stage, this really was one of those quintessential darkwave gigs. Although the music is based heavily on electronic instrumentation and sounds, don't be fooled into thinking that it's all sequenced. Vasquez works hard throwing out vocals, guitar, synth and percussion throughout the show backed by a solid drummer and bass player. If it was not enough to have The Soft Moon we were lucky enough to have the fantastic local INVSN as the supporting act. The combination of the two bands brought a fantastic mix of energy and shadowy goodness.

If you missed this gig, I can only say that you really missed out. Hopefully The Soft Moon will be back in the near future to grace us with more of their fantastic take on dark wave.

Written by William Riever, 2015-09-19