The Soft Moon's Luis Vasquez on the primacy of percussion and adding a cyborg drummer

The Soft Moon started out in 2009 as the solo project of Luis Vasquez. The band developed over the next few years from a stark, Suicide-eque, minimalist post-punk band into something with a dark urgency and expansive song dynamics that recalled Chrome and Cabaret Voltaire. The Soft Moon's 2011 EP, Total Decay, exposed the band to wider audiences with an even more refined combination of organic and electronic drums giving the music a gritty, industrial sensibility. Having expanded to a four piece live band last year, the Soft Moon released a new album titled Zeros. We recently spoke with Vasquez about his grounding in percussion, the influence of Suicide and the impact of Chrome.

See also: - Wednesday: The Soft Moon at the Larimer Lounge, 3/20/13 - The ten best concerts in Denver this week - Chrome was one of the most influential experimental bands

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.