Softcult will headline at Manchester’s YES just weeks after releasing their new EP see you in the dark.

The Manchester gig is one of six UK dates Softcult are playing ahead of a European run.

The Canadian duo have quickly become leaders of a new movement through their blend of grunge, shoegaze, dream-pop and punk.

New six track EP see you in the dark features a title 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”, Mercedes says.

“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?”

The EP includes the band’s single Dress, looking at consent and sexual assault.

Softcult are intent on delivering music with a message.  Born in the studio, they are building their own universe around their music with a message. With [drummer / vocalist] 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.

When do Softcult headline at Manchester’s YES?

Softcult headline at YES Manchester on 9 April 2023.  The Manchester gig is one of six UK dates they are playing alongside special guests Swim School (except Glasgow’s Stereo):
8 April   –   Glasgow, Stereo
9 April   –   Manchester, YES
10 April   –   Nottingham, Bodega
11 April   –   Brighton, Prince Albert
13 April   –   Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
14 April   –   London, Omeara

image of Softcult courtesy Pearl Cook