Softcult share new single & video ‘Love Song’ from new EP see you in the dark out 24th March via Easy Life Records, UK and EU Tour set for April 2023.
Leave it to Canadian twin siblings Mercedes (she/her) and Phoenix (they/them) Arn-Horn aka Softcult, to put a dark spin on falling in love. Today they share new single ‘Love Song’ which captures both the hopefulness of new love and the anxiety that often comes with it.
"This is an anxious love song,"
"It’s about loving someone so intensely that you find yourself in constant fear of losing them. Sometimes love and happiness can feel like these unattainable things that are too good to be true.
Once we’ve finally found something our hearts have been yearning for, it’s hard to shake the thought that we will inevitably have to let it go.
But these gnawing thoughts can get in the way of us allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, or enjoying our relationships for fear that they won’t last."
"If we allow our anxieties to sabotage us, we risk ruining the love we’ve found before we’ve even had a chance to fully experience it."
Softcult are no strangers to keeping it real - their upcoming EP, see you in the dark, tackles some of life's heaviest subject matters head-on. Out 24th March, the EP's six tracks capture the sibling's experiences with and innermost thoughts on sexual assault, self-awareness, climate change, and more.
New EP see you in the dark out next month and the title is inspired by Nietzsche's famous quote: “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”.
“It is an analogy for the things we’re afraid to face. It represents confronting our innermost fears, usually in those vulnerable moments lying awake at night when our minds are racing. It’s sort of an acknowledgement of our darkness, and the darkness of others, like “hey, I see you”,
“While it’s important to acknowledge our darkness, we also can’t submit to it. We have to strive to be better people, and leave behind a legacy of positive change. I think it’s important to do everything we can to try and make a positive impact on the world, even when that feels impossible. Because if we don’t at least try, who will?”
Seamlessly combining grunge, shoegaze, dream-pop, and punk, Canadian duo Softcult has quickly become leaders of a new Riot Grrrl movement for the digital age.
Born in the studio, they are building their own universe around their music with a message. With Phoenix running point on production, engineering, and artwork, Mercedes directing/editing their videos, and both writing astoundingly intimate lyrics about self-empowerment amidst social, political, and environmental collapse, the duo is about as DIY as it gets. They even create and produce their own zine called SCripture, currently on Vol. 24, and are active participants in their Softcult Discord server, a safe online community for their fans.
Over the course of the last two years, Softcult have released several EPs, garnering acclaim and buzz both in their home country of Canada and across the globe as well. They've been championed by artists like Hayley Williams and Oli Sykes, and have been highlighted as a band to watch by Alternative Press, Kerrang!, GAY Times, DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, and more.
They return to the UK/EU this April to be supported by Swim School on selected dates. Tickets on-sale now here.
US/CAN/UK/EU Tour Dates
Friday, March 03, 2023 Boston, MA Red Room~
Saturday, March 04, 2023 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom~
Sunday, March 05, 2023 New York, NY Mercury Lounge~
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry~
Wednesday, March 08, 2023 Baltimore, MD Ottobar~
Friday, March 10, 2023 Cleveland, OH Mahall's~
Saturday, March 11, 2023 Columbus, OH Rumba Cafe~
Sunday, March 12, 2023 Nashville, TN The End~
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Memphis, TN Growlers~
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Dallas, TX Club Dada~
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 Oklahoma City, OK Beer City Music Hall~
Thursday, March 23, 2023 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill Duck Room~
Friday, March 24, 2023 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge~ ~(with Soft Blue Shimmer as support)
Friday, March 31 Toronto, ON The Drake Underground+
+(with PONY as support)
Sat 8 Apr 2023 United Kingdom Glasgow Stereo*
Sun 9 Apr 2023 United Kingdom Manchester YES
Mon 10 Apr 2023 United Kingdom Nottingham The Bodega
Tue 11 Apr 2023 United Kingdom Brighton Prince Albert
Thu 13 Apr 2023 United Kingdom Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri 14 Apr 2023 United Kingdom London Omeara
Sat 15 Apr 2023 Netherlands Rotterdam Motel Mozaique
Mon 17 Apr 2023 Germany Cologne Blue Shell
Tue 18 Apr 2023 Germany Hamburg Turmzimmer
Wed 19 Apr 2023 Belgium Antwerp Trix*
Thu 20 Apr 2023 France Paris Supersonic*
*(no swim school)
see you in the dark
out 24th March 2023 via Easy Life Records