Canadian twin duo Softcult have kicked off the year by releasing a brand new song, “Shortest Fuse” — a massive fusion of genres including shoegaze, grunge, and riot grrrl.

“Shortest Fuse” is Softcult’s most direct and ultimate criticism of the downfalls of a capitalist society and, more specifically, the chokehold it has over low-income households.

Mercedes (she/her) and Phoenix (they/them) Arn-Horn dedicate their creative forces to storytelling with a purpose. They have a young but booming discography, and have prided themselves on tackling issues that others may be afraid to even comment on. The result is a self-sustaining universe around their art that stands for something bigger than themselves and any of us alone.

Capitalism seems to be designed to keep underprivileged people toiling in a never ending cycle of debt and poverty where their labor is underpaid in order to profit their employers,” Softcult says on the new single. “The benefits of capitalism are rarely equally distributed, accruing wealth to a very small percentage of the population. Built on the notion of greed, benefitting only by paying workers less than what their labor is worth, it’s difficult to not become disenfranchised with capitalism when you exist in this reality and see no end in sight. We can’t become complicit in a system that is designed to keep us down.”

Listen to “Shortest Fuse” below.

Tour dates:

with Superbloom:
February 8 Rockwood Music Hall Boston Boston MA
February 9 Mercury Lounge New York NY
February 10  Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia PA
February 13  Black Cat Washington DC

February 14  Neighborhood Theatre (Side Stage) Charlotte NC

with Glixen:
February 16  New World Tampa Tampa FL
February 17  Conduit Winter Park FL
February 18  The Masquerade (Purgatory) Atlanta GA
February 20  The End Nashville TN
February 21  Rumba Cafe Columbus OH
February 22  Preserving Underground  New Kensington PA

February 23  Mohawk Place Buffalo NY

with Present.:

June 27, 2024 – The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
June 29, 2024 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
June 30, 2024 – recordBar – Kansas City, MO
July 02, 2024 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
July 03, 2024 – Soundwell – Salt Lake City, UT
July 05, 2024 – The Pearl – Vancouver, BC
July 06, 2024 – Madame Lou’s – Seattle, WA
July 07, 2024 – Mission Theater – Portland, OR
July 09, 2024 – The Starlet Room – Sacramento, CA
July 10, 2024 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
July 12, 2024 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
July 13, 2024 – Voodoo Room – San Diego, CA
July 14, 2024 – The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
July 17, 2024 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
July 19, 2024 – The Ballroom – Austin, TX
July 20, 2024 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
July 21, 2024 – Beer City Music Hall – Oklahoma City, OK
July 22, 2024 – Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
July 23, 2024 – Mahall’s – Lakewood, OH