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Make It To The Show: SOFT PALMSAeroplane Icon
Adam McKinney
June 02, 2023
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In 2006, a few things were happening in the greater indie rock landscape, including the ever expanding tendrils from the past few years’ rediscovery of previously discarded genres like psychedelia, garage rock, and goth; the excitement of hundreds of bands scrambling to see where everything was going next; and the birth of two bands: the Growlers and the Coathangers. For the Growlers, surf-rock and an arid, dusty atmosphere led them to describe their sound as “beach goth”; as for the Coathangers, they embraced an increasingly hooky brand of punk, bolstered by an unfuckwithable swagger.

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In the years since, Growlers drummer Scott Mentoya left that band and joined forces with his wife, Julia Kogel-Montoya, the frontwoman of the Coathangers. Together, they formed Soft Palms, a band that blends lonely country with buoyant indie pop, groovy garage rock with disarmingly intimate slow dances – whether real or not, a feeling of taking a look into their relationship, more in the creative sense than anything else. Most of these songs are rendered in a woozy haze, replicating that unmistakable feeling of a party stretching late into the night, as one by one, every attendee makes their exit. All that’s left is you and the dancefloor, a spotlight shining down, good memories of the past, and tentative hope for the future.

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ALMA Rooftop - tickets

Soft Palms, w/ Coral Grief, Pseudo Saint

All Ages, 6pm Doors, 7pm Show, $15


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