*soft vowel sounds* is the latest solo musical project from former Bitesize guitarist/singer/principal songwriter Julia Serano. so what, pray tell, does it sound like? quirky noise-pop? high fidelity lo-fi? bedroom music for people who sometimes leave their bedrooms? just listen for yourself. . .
hey, new songs are in the works, and there will likely be a new *soft vowel sounds* release in early 2019! In the meantime, come see me play live - here are my next two shows:
September 20, 2018 -- *soft vowel sounds* will be playing a Degenderettes music show at El Rio (3158 Mission Street, San Francisco). The other bands will be Shawna Virago and Gender Trash. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm-11pm, must be 21 & up, more details here.
October 17, 2018 -- *soft vowel sounds* will be performing at “The Quirky Horror Queer Band Show” at Hotel Utah (500 4th St, San Francisco). The other bands will be Polythene Pam and The Secret Emchy Society. Doors at 7pm, the *svs* set starts promptly at 8pm, $10 cover, must be 21 & up, more details to come....
SAVE THE DATES: the likely last *soft vowel sounds* show of 2018 is scheduled for November 17th - more details to come! If you want to receive updates about upcoming shows and new releases, sign up for the *soft vowel sounds* email list and receive a free mp3 with each update!
The first *soft vowel sounds* record is called Ray versus Macbeth and the Music Box, part one. Classic rock aficionados may recognize that the title and cover art reference the 1970 The Kinks’ album that introduced the world to the eventual hit song “Lola” -- the *soft vowel sound* song “Ray” is a charming contemporary musical parody of “Lola” written from a decidedly different perspective. Ray versus. . . also contains three other ditties: “Music Box,” “Open Letter,” and “Macbeth.”
Learn more about the record on the official Ray versus... webpage. you can listen to & download the record at the *svs* Bandcamp site and other music retailers (see sidebar). and here are videos for three songs from the record:
“Open Letter” is a “coming out” song that was originally written for my previous band Bitesize, although we never formally recorded it. here is the *svs* version:
here is a lyric-driven video for my “Lola”-parody “Ray”:
here is the video for “Music Box” -- it is about being a third wheel and it appropriately takes place inside of a vehicle:
I often close my *svs* sets with a rendition of the Bitesize favorite “I Killed Sting” -- here is a video for that song as well: