A “soft kill” is a term used for when you attack an enemy with the intent to slow them down or disable them, and not kill them. In most instances a soft kill will be an attack on an enemy’s computer systems, disabling their radar and weaponry. In this case we have an attack by music. Jangling and romantic guitar lines with pulsating synth melodies, and impassioned vocals all throbbing away to a minimal, pounding drumbeat, San Louis Obispo’s Soft Kill draws much of its approach from its name. Disabling your mind, and attacking your senses by merging punk idealism and 80s goth intensity into dark and beautiful songwriting, Soft Kill have emerged from the ashes of numerous past projects to release their first full length LP An Open Door on Portland, Oregon’s Fast Weapons records. Color spoke with Soft Kill’s Shiloe Alia and Tobias Grave on the phone from their ranch in California.
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