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Soft People

"The Absolute Boy"
(Sandwich Kingdom)
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Add Date: November 13th

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What’s the point of even recording and performing music in 2018, when the world seems like it’s ending and — let’s face it — the field is crowded? That’s a question San Luis Obispo-based husband-husband duo Soft People seriously considered before starting the process of recording the follow-up to their 2017 debut American Men. The answer came to the duo’s chief songwriter Caleb Nichols during a late-night bike ride in the early spring; in the form of a melody that so affected him that he knew he had to get it down and record it.
The results of this musical epiphany are now available as the infectious and joyful pop single “I Saw The Moon!” which the band is releasing on their homegrown tape label, Sandwich Kingdom, along with a remix by Berlin-based dark wave duo Some Ember.
“I Saw The Moon!” builds on the foundation Soft People laid down on American Men while it pares down the duo’s sound to its essential elements. Simple and angular guitar lines performed by guitarist John Metz float above a thumping drum machine and motorik bass groove. Nichols’ vocal delivery drifts in and out in a dream-like haze, climaxing in an earworm of a chorus that calls to mind the euphoria of cycling fast downhill on a moonlit night. “I Saw The Moon!” is a fresh and colorful musical jaunt; the perfect soundtrack for the feeling of falling in love, for the coming fall; for that twilight inkling that reminds us that we’re here on this giant, gently tilting planet.

Soft People is an indie pop duo comprised of Caleb Nichols and John Metz, a married couple who live in San Luis Obispo, CA. The duo first met when Nichols, a veteran of the Oakland, CA music scene and who had recorded and toured with mid-2000s indie buzz-band Port O’Brien, recruited Metz to be the drummer of his Oakland indie band Grand Lake. Nichols and Metz started dating during their first few months as bandmates and were married several years later. Soft People is the first project that finds the pair collaborating as songwriters and producers. The band began in early 2017 as a bedroom recording project in Atlanta, Georgia. Later that year Nichols and Metz left Atlanta and relocated to their hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA, releasing their their full-length debut and playing their first shows. 2018 has seen them playing shows in the local DIY scene as well as starting Sandwich Kingdom, a tape label which releases an annual compilation of local DIY musicians and poets.

“The Absolute Boy” is perhaps Nichols’ most personal song to date. It deals with his struggle with PTSD resulting from years of abuse in early childhood. The track is Nichols’ attempt to wrap his head around generational domestic violence, and addresses his own abuse as well as the abuse his abuser suffered in his own childhood. The chorus is devastatingly vulnerable, and deeply cathartic as Nichols sings “before you hit me / before you clipped my wings / I was the absolute boy / I was him absolutely.”


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