With filmic soundscapes and dreamy atmospherics, Soft Crystals brings its Scottish origins to bear on the classic indie format: misty, endlessly autumnal, with no small amount of romance. We catch up with band founder, Matthew, ahead of Soft Crystals’ showing at the final Bang On Clash Symbols of the year.
Bang On Team: Tell us a little about your band.
Matthew: Soft Crystals started as a side project of mine (Matthew Morris). It was the name given to a batch of improvised recordings I had been working on at the time. When I took them to my brother (Steve) and started working on them, we decided quickly to find a drummer, who turned out to be Douglas Mackay, another Scot living in Berlin and things just escalated from there.
BOT: Why did you start to make music?
M: I realised I loved singing at a very young age but I bought my first guitar when I caught myself in front of the mirror, aged 16, holding a tennis racket and playing air guitar to Biffy Clyro. I thought, shit, I should probably just learn to actually play these songs.
BOT: What’s been your best moment as a band so far?
M: I think there are different types of awesome moments. Some of the best moments for me are early in the morning with my first coffee, discovering a hint of a hook that leads to a song. Sometimes it’s just at a random practice and I look at my bandmates and think, ‘Woah, this sounds really good’. Obviously playing concerts to thousands of people was pretty fun too.
BOT: Who are three bands everyone should listen to right now?
M: As for new bands, I would say Andy Shauf, Pinegrove and Penelope Isles are really cool.
BOT: How do you prepare for a gig?
M: I’m always up early, so first of all I have a coffee and watch either a band documentary or just live videos on YouTube. That’s kind of what I do every day though…
BOT: What can people look forward to about your set?
M: I think our music is pretty chilled out, so I hope people can just relax and have a good time. It would be cool if anyone related to the things I sing about: dumping people or being dumped. Shouldn’t be hard in Berlin.
BOT: Finish the sentence. If I wasn’t making music I would…
M: Be extremely lost.
Catch Soft Crystals at this Friday’s Clash Symbols #15 with No Diving and She Owl.