Soft Science

Soft Science

Hailing from America’s farm-to-fork Capital in Northern California’s lush Sacramento Valley, Soft Science fuse melody, sound, and texture of 60s pop and 90s shoegaze like molecular gastronomists blend physics and chemistry to transform food. Together this 5-piece band have managed to create their own sweet blend of modern pop music with a sonic edge.
The band’s members share a love of such bands ranging from the Zombies and Beach Boys to Lush, Teenage Fanclub, Ride, Pale Saints, New Order, and Jesus and Mary Chain, along with newer artists such as Beach House and Frankie Rose. Such eclectic artists have influenced their music. Soft Science rose from the ashes of the unfortunate break-up of indie pop band California Oranges just prior to the 2008 release of their last album.  Soft Science was a natural transition for Katie Haley (Holiday Flyer) and twin brothers Ross and Matt Levine, who had essentially contributed to each other’s music projects off and on for more than a decade, including collaboration via California Oranges.  The trio began articulating Soft Science’s direction with Katie Haley on vocals, Matt Levine on guitar, and Ross Levine on drums and back vocals.  They were soon joined by bass player Mason DeMusey in creating their unique form of dream pop music, inspired by 90s shoegaze and 60s brit pop. In mid-2011, Soft Science released their debut album ‘High and Lows’via Test Pattern Records, with Pop Matters noting that the band “has the potential to become one of the great Left Coast power pop bands.” In 2013, the band released their ‘Detour’ LP on the same label and Tony Cale (English Singles) joined the band to solidify their sound. ‘Detour’ received notable critical reviews and was ranked #2 among Jack Rabid’s Top 40 in issue 74 of The Big Takeover Magazine. Soft Science supported the album with several shows throughout California, opening for such bands as Literature and Dead Leaf Echo. In early 2015, they made a special trip to New York to perform at The Big Takeover’s 35th Anniversary Show. At the end of that year, Test Pattern Records released a split 7” with The Luxembourg Signal, featuring Soft Science’s well-received track ‘Breaking’.In 2016, the band played the NYC Popfest and had the honor of opening for The Chills at WFMU, one of only two U.S. shows The Chills played during their 2016 tour.

Soft Science preview their new double A-side single ‘Sooner/ Paris’, slated for release on May 4 via Test Pattern Records. ‘Sooner’ is the second single from the band’s forthcoming ‘Maps’ album, to be released in early June. ‘Paris’ is a wistful-blue cover of Northern Picture Library’s (NPL) 1994 track ‘Paris’. These new tracks follow the album’s first single ‘Undone / I Don’t Know Why I Love You’, which saw the band flirt with sounds closer to My Bloody Valentine and The Primitives.

“Sometimes lyrics are like therapy – Sooner is one of those songs”, explains Soft Science vocalist Katie Haley. “The lyrics for Sooner are an expression of how difficult it is to continue to push yourself in this crazy hectic world we live in. Sometimes, I feel like I lose myself in the barrage of daily news, the push and pull of work, and family obligations – it can all feel overwhelming to the point where I feel lost. Dealing with those feelings was the inspiration for this song.” 

‘Sooner’ evokes emotion as the band pulls from influences like Pale Saints and The Mighty Lemon Drops. The B-side ‘Paris’ is a thoughtful, heart-wrenching tribute to NPL, originally recorded for the Sarah Records tribute compilation ‘Popkiss, TBTCI meets Sarah Records’, a limited release via The Blog Celebrates Itself Records. This track has since been remastered and, for the first time, is available for wider digital distribution.

 On this new single, as well as their their forthcoming ‘Maps’ album, Soft Science received a helping hand from longtime friend and engineer Eric Stenmen (AWOLNATION, Tokyo Police Club) with mastering at Malibu’s Black Bear 11 Studio and mixing of ‘I Don’t Know Why I Love You’ at Redbull Studios in Los Angeles.

‘Sooner / Paris’ will be released on May 4. Their previous single ‘Undone / I Don’t Know Why I Love You’ is now available across the online stores and streaming platforms, including the label’s own Bandcamp.. 

Soft Science – Sooner

Soft Science – Paris

Soft Science – I Don’t Know Why I Love You

Soft Science – Light

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