Win Tickets ($44): Softcult @ Mission Theater | w/ Present

We are giving you another chance to WIN pair of tickets to Softcult @ Mission Theater on July 7. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed July 1.


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July 7, 2024
7PM Doors, 8PM Show | $20 ADV, $22 Doors | All Ages
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Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Twin sisters Phoenix (She/They) and Mercedes Arn-Horn (She/Her) have been making music together since they were barely teenagers. Cutting their teeth in the local scene of Kitchener, Ontario helped them find their feet but because it was dominated by blokes, they were often left feeling like the odd ones out. Later, when they started touring further afield, the pair were exposed to how “misogynistic the music industry really was”. Tired of biting their tongues, putting up with relentless sexism as well as realising they weren’t the only ones having to deal with it, Softcult sees the pair biting back. As their debut single promises, “something’s got to change”.

The duo had been toying with the idea of Softcult for a long while but the pandemic finally gave them the time to focus on bringing that vision to life. Recording at home and produced by Phoenix, the band are able to capture what they hear in their heads without a middle-man diluting things while Mercedes has taken charge of their music videos.

Wanting to rekindle their youthful love of music that saw them picking up guitars and drum sticks at age 13, Softcult is influenced by their childhood heroes Bikini Kill (“if Kathleen Hanna didn’t exist, Softcult wouldn’t either”), The Smashing Pumpkins, Deftones and My Bloody Valentine. Not interested in reviving the past, they also take inspiration from the badass bubble grunge of Beabadoobee, Cherry Glazer and Soccer Mommy as Softcult are a fiercely modern group working toward a better future.

“There have been so many opportunities to grow over the past year,” says Mercedes. “If you’re not using this time to recognize your own privileges or the toxic parts of society, you’re really wasting an opportunity to come out of this experience having learned something.”



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