The Soft Moon - photo by Julie Bonato

Since emerging as in 2009, Luis Vasquez’s solo project The Soft Moon has evolved into a full band that knows how to invade the core of its listener’s senses. With synthesizers and fuzzed-out guitar making up the bulk of its sound, the San Francisco-based group creates primitive post punk that summons beautiful, dark imagery. The Soft Moon’s tunes are at their most dizzying during live shows, when smoke and visuals warp the entire performance into something otherworldly.

The band recently released the video for its single “Insides,” off of the 2012 album Zeros, pairing the synth-powered song with surrealism to uneasy yet compelling results. The black and white piece cuts between a gridded world and a desert landscape, with doorways connecting the natural and digital spaces. As the doors slowly peal open and closed again, never maintaining their rectangular shapes but instead contorting like fluid waves, the track swirls on with power pop beats to further invoke mysterious, supernatural vibes. Check out the video and the dates of The Soft Moon’s ongoing tour below.

Tour Dates:

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