“We’re expecting a freaking awesome show!” says Los Angeles-based shoegaze trio Soft Blue Shimmer of their show tonight, March 7th, supporting grungy, dreamy duo Softcult at The Foundry at The Fillmore. The two acts that would seem to share a love of 90s-alt-rock have been on the road together since last Friday, having previously toured together last summer. During a recent phone chat with Meredith Ramond (vocals, bass), Charlie Crowley (guitar, vocals), and Kenzo Cardenas (drums), the trio tells me that, despite the fact that they’ve spent a lot of time on the road recently, this run of dates will provide fans with a slightly more complete experience of their sounds: “On most tours we’ve done we were the opener, so being the direct support, we have a longer set, with more songs, and some songs we’ve never played.” They also tell me that they’re exceptionally excited to be in the 450-capacity industrial space, which tends to be their favorite type of venue: “Honestly, the mid-size-to-larger rooms are our favorites… We have a very noisy, but also melodic, sound. There’s a lot of data going on, which is hard to do in a lot of smaller rooms.”
Last November Soft Blue Shimmer released their sophomore LP, Love Lives In The Body (the follow-up to their 2020 debut full-length, Heaven Inches Away), courtesy of Other People Records. The album was recorded with Corey Coffman of labelmates Gleemer, and following the record’s release they went on a trek with Modern Color, also members of the Other People Records roster. The band plans to spend the majority of the immediate future playing live. After their tour with Softcult wraps at the end of the month, Soft Blue Shimmer have April dates with Letting Up Despite Great Faults and The Sound Of Animals Fighting (respectively), and May shows with Rival Schools, before a July appearance at Post Festival in Indianapolis, alongside Covet, Tiny Moving Parts, and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die. They tell me that there’s a good chance they’ll be back around in the Fall, but I would highly recommend getting your tickets for tonight, when they’ll be sharing the stage with Softcult, who gave the TLA an amazing performance last September in support of PHILTHY friends Destroy Boys and Pinkshift.
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