DEAD SOFT

Psyko Steve Presents

DEAD SOFT

GOON, ASPEN SOUND

Tue, April 9, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Lunchbox

Phoenix, AZ

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

DEAD SOFT
DEAD SOFT
Hailing from Vancouver BC, Dead Soft is a four-piece band pairing playful, melody-driven rock ‘n roll with high energy power-pop anthems. Or, as the band describes it: “Dead Soft is grunge-punk for the people.” The forthcoming EP, New Emotion, features five catchy, earnest fuzzed-out rock songs that act as an empowering reminder that you are in control of your life, even when life feels out of control. After a string of singles, Dead Soft released their self-titled debut in 2014 on Kingfisher Bluez and JEFF the Brotherhood’s Infinity Cat Recordings. The band spent the next four years on the road, including support tours with Bully and The Dirty Nil. Their new EP, set to be released by indie label Arts & Crafts, is focused on the themes of loss/renewal and new beginnings which aligns closely with changes in the band. Specifically, the recent additions of Alex Smith (drums) and Kyle Schick (guitar) have allowed for a bigger sound, more hooky guitar leads, and more Beach Boys-like harmonies.
GOON
GOON
The walls of Kenny Becker’s apartment are vivid landscapes of color. The frontman of the LA-based indie rock quartet Goon is also an accomplished painter, and he surrounds himself with the fruits of his labor—a series of landscapes, portraits, and abstract pieces united by the vibrancy of their shared primary color palette.

Many of these lively pieces, however, were made at a time when the artist felt anything but. Becker suffers from a rare medical condition that periodically deadens his sense of smell and hearing, which for years shaded his day-to-day life with a dull pallor. “I basically just felt sick all the time,” says Becker. “When it gets really bad, I can’t even taste.” The paintings, therefore, are, like his music, aspirational—embedded with a sense of longing for something known but not always felt.

In the middle of the room—the centerpiece of an otherwise spartan setup—is Becker’s home studio. A small arsenal of guitars, synthesizers, tape machines and recording equipment surround the desk where he wrote and recorded Goon’s latest EP, Happy Omen, a collection of emotive, cautiously optimistic songs about longing, loneliness, and self-doubt. A standout track, the gorgeous, soaring “She,” was chosen by Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste as the first track on his “Favorite Songs of 2017” Spotify playlist.

The slow-burning Omen is a sonic counterpoint to Goon’s first release: 2016’s Dusk of Punk, a grittier, sludgier outing that paired Becker’s distinct DIY aesthetic with his formidable songwriting chops and affinity for earworm melodies. This winning combination earned high marks from Rolling Stone, Spin, Fader, and BBC Radio Six.

The two self-released EPs will be reissued together as a package this year by Partisan, who will also release the bands’ debut full length, due in early 2019. The LP sees Becker stepping out of the bedroom and into the studio with bandmates Drew Eccleston, Caleb Wicker, and Christian Koons, who, together, continue to build on Goon’s reputation as one of LA’s must-see live acts.

In the meantime, Becker is newly optimistic. A recent successful surgery drastically improved his symptoms, and the effects were felt almost instantly. “I knew it worked as soon as I woke up,” says Becker. “I feel like I’ve entered a new chapter of health.”
ASPEN SOUND
Recording project by Wyatt Spalding
Venue Information:
The Lunchbox
4132 E McDowell Rd.
#7
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
https://www.lunchboxphx.com/