Video out now (see index page for link).  Directed by Khairil M. Bahar, who gave us Ciplak, this is a video of the song Listen 2 What U C from the Full Album - it has a romantic story line featuring two actors, Rauf and Helen and contains snatches of visual from Soft Touch's successful set at Rock the World 7.

Soft Touch Full Album
The Soft Touch full album is now out (released November 28 2005) and consists of the five songs already released on the Soft Touch EP: Listen 2 What U C, Happy Sad, Shelter, Wishful Thinking and Lately, which have been re-mastered for better quality, and four partially live tracks, Better World, Move on Down the Line, Love & Music and Crazy Heart recorded live at Paul's Place during the launch of the EP in April 2005 with the vocals re-dubbed in the studio for the sake of quality, and one unplugged track Mercy.   Apart from the live tracks the entire album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Lemang Studio.  The five original EP songs were all composed collectively by the band, but bass player Shahril originated Shelter and Lately, while the others were originated by Markiza and PeterMarkiza wrote the lyrics of Lately (all the lyrics are now up on our site ).  The cover was designed by Izzy and the CD label by Zash.  The Full album is available for RM10 but postage and packing will be RM3 extra.  send to:  80, Jalan Kasah, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  telephone 00603 20953045, or call round.  Those who have already purchased the EP can exchange it at no extra cost for the full album at the above address.

History: Soft Touch was founded in 1999 as a project band and played their first gig in Colours pub in Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya.  The  original band which consisted of  I'joo on lead  guitar, Mokhtarizal on drums, Azlan on bass, Markiza on keyboards and Peter Hassan Brown on vocals, guitar and harmonica,  broke up after performing at the Qings & Kueens Web Launch at KL Jam Asia in October 20th 2003.  This was because both I'joo and Mokhtar left owing to other commitments.  It was not  until March 2004 that replacements were found for these valuable guys.   Recording commenced in June 2004 for the five-song EP which was released in April 2005.  The full album was released in November 2005.  A video for the song Listen 2 What U C directed by Khai Bahar is now released and can be watched from a link on index page.

The present line up: Wong Lip Kee  the lead guitarist was also guitarist, composer and singer  with Samarkand,  whose first album was released in 2001, while drummer Alex Ang from East Malaysia plays for Naked Breed, Velvet Tones, Indka and Cosmic Funk Express.  Bass player Shahril E. Ismail has now left the band and been replaced by Alda TanMarkiza and Peter Hassan have been doing their own music for years, as well as the commercial scene for a short time during the nineties.  They  have self-produced two albums, OPEN SECRET and LOVE & MUSIC as the duo Passion and Peter released his fourth solo album, Warm in 2001.   Soft Touch performs new songs composed for the band, a few songs from Warm, and a souped-up version of the title track from the second Passion album Love & Music.  to access all this music and download tracks, go to our site where there are links to MySpace and I-Bands sites.

The style of music is indie rock with a melodic and sometimes jazzy feel, with a bit of grunge thrown in too.  The  rhythm section is heavy and punchy with the songs light and breezy  and sometimes a bit folky.  Some songs are about issues such as War, Poverty and the yearning for a Better World.  We try to be compassionate in our compositions.

Recent gigs:

2004: Mont Kiara Jazz Festival 2004, Latte @ 8TV, Karyawan Festival June 2004 at Planet Holywood and many small gigs at Paul's Place.  gigs 2004

2005: Boleh!, The Esplanade,  Singapore, January 2005.  Rock Dawg at Paul's Place March 19th.  The Soft Touch EP Launch at Paul's Place on April 23rd 2005 featured seven bands and individual performers, including Jamie Woon from UK, feted band D-va, Cats in Love, Lied, SaerZe and Lunarin from Singapore.  Since then ST have performed at Troubadours Acoustic Club, La Bodega, (June 2005), KL and on the Musiccanteen mobile stage at the NAZA World Showrooms Carnival (July 2005),  Arts For All Carnival at Bukit Kiara Equestrian Stadium (September 2005), AWESTRUCK!,  Saturday December 10th at the KL Jam Asia at which the Soft Touch full album was officially launched, and Music Canteen Christmas Show on 23rd December at KL Performing Arts Centre in Sentul Park.   gigs 2005

2006:  Fetes de la Musique June 17; Tribute to Jack Nathan, November 26; Ciplak Launch November 22 at Laundry Bar, The Curve;  Rock the World 7, Stadium Merdeka, December 16.  gigs 2006

2007:  gigs 2007

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