SOFT RIOT

A New Shop

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25 March 2014

A Soft Riot web shop has now opened where physical copies of both Fiction Prediction and No Longer Stranger can be purchased, but also various merchandise items such as shirts and posters as well. If you’re living in the UK or Europe this provides you a one stop shop for all of these items that will ship out within seven days of ordering.

Digital versions of these two albums can still be found at Other Voices and Volar Records.

Other items available in the shop include the one and only EP by Savage Furs, a goth/pop post-punk that was around between 2010-2011 including JJD and Chris Gilbert of Mild Peril in it’s ranks. This is available as a digital download or 12″ vinyl.

The new shop is hosted within BandCamp and can be access by clicking SHOP in the menu or by going through the link below.

Merch | Soft Riot

Merch | Soft Riothttp://softriot.bandcamp.com/Soft Riot is JJD, a former Vancouverite based out of London, uses a lot of antiquated equipment and lighting performing sinister, minimalist electronic “pop” songs…

The Saddest Music In The World

Filed under Film Klub, Journal

25 March 2014

The Saddest Music In the World : TitleLet’s change up things a bit here and write about a film that’s a) been produced within the last 10-15 years and b) that’s got a sense of humour to it, especially after the last two entries in this Filmklub section have been a bit heavy handed. I actually do have a complex sense of humour (well, at least I think I do) that teeters in the colour “black” quite a bit.

The Saddest Music In The World, which premiered in 2003, is likely the most well-known films by Guy Maddin, a director based out of Winnipeg, Canada. All of his films have a very trademark style, which emulates the old expressionist silent films of the 1920s and pairs them up with a more fantastical, cut-up art school sensibility. I saw the film shortly after it came out and I have to admit I was only vaguely aware of him before that time, and I mainly endeavoured to see the film merely based on the seemingly monumental weight of the film’s title. “What is the saddest music in the world? What an odd title…”

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Altered States

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20 March 2014

Altered States - Featured ImageAt the very beginning of the year I had procured a copy of a Ken Russell biography with the ridiculous title of Phallic Frenzy. It was found in a charity shop in some distant London suburb called West Wickham. Actually, there were a number of interesting books found there but this is the one I’ve started reading. Given that I thought it would be grand to log in an entry about my favourite of Russell’s films, and I’ve seen the majority of them.

Whereas Russell’s more familiar “trademark” work revolves around music, in particular giving a campy, rock-n-roll spin to classic composers complete with lots of sexualised, surrealistic symbolic imagery, Altered States, while keeping a lot of those trademarks, is a more sinister science-fiction based film.

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A Terrible SplendourSoft Riot will be out tour again for three dates in early May with London’s A Terrible Splendour, a synthpop band who released the album Poseurs on the label Desire in 2013. Both bands will be touring for support of their most recent albums, in Soft Riot’s case for Fiction Prediction.

Dates are still being booked but here’s the itinerary as it stands now. If you wish to bring both bands to your city, please make contact by email.

Thursday, May 1st : France/Belgium TBA
Friday, May 2nd : Paris FR, TBA
Saturday, May 3rd : Nantes FR, TBA

Hopefully we will see some of you from the continent out at the shows. More news to come in due time…

New Two-Song Digital Single Out Now!

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14 March 2014

SOFT RIOT's "The Garden Party / Read You Like An Electronic Book"The new digital single “The Garden / Read You Like An Electronic Book” is out now as a FREE download from the ongoing Everything Is Chemical virtual 7″ series. These two tracks are outtakes from the recording sessions that resulted in all of the tracks the make up the Fiction Prediction album. “The Garden” was previously unfinished for a number of years and then completed in fall 2013. “Read You Like An Electronic Book” was a track from the original Hyperbolic Masses demo that was sent to various record labels in fall 2011.

You can download the single here.

More information on this release can be found here:

SOFT RIOT | The Garden Party / Read You Like An Electronic Book

SOFT RIOT | The Garden Party / Read You Like An Electronic Bookhttp://softriot.com/recording/the-garden-party-read-you-like-an-electronic-book/For Release on 13 March 2014 “The Garden Party / Read You Like An Electronic Book” is Soft Riot‘s contribution to the Everything Is Chemical virtual 7? series. These are two tracks that were put aside during the writing and … Continue reading ?