This entry covers a number of different things going, mainly about live tour dates this autumn as well as a few things that will soon be available in for purchase. First off, the Soft Riot store will very soon have copies of the vinyl format for You Never Know What Might Come Next. EXBTN Records is currently selling them through their own site but will be available through distributors such as Domestica, Dark Entries, Mannequin and so on.
In the meantime some new non-music merchandise has been produced in the form of a t-shirt. The first batch of Soft Riot shirts have been long out of print. This one features a new graphic and the phrase “Quality Soundtracks For Modern Dread” for those suffering from modern living out there. You can buy it here. Note that all online orders for this shirt will ship out around November 6th — possibly before that.
There may be some possible short run editions of some recordings that will be available for purchase in digital/CD and/or cassette format in the coming winter, including a more “official” short-run release of all the remix work done to date, inclusive of remixes by such artists as Keluar, Lebanon Hanover, Attrition, Celebration, A Terrible Splendour and more. Further information on this will come a bit later on toward the end of the year.
Live show dates start this Friday in Paris with Parade Ground and then following at a string of dates with Uncanny Valley (a new London band including Owen formerly of Noi Kabát) and Hausfrau (from Glasgow). Dates are subject to change but here’s how it’s looking now:
Finally, some words from Peek-a-boo Magazine about the new record:
You Never Know What Might Come Next is the fifth album of Soft Riot and again Jack surrounds himself with many analogue synths, with which he creates danceable and melancholic tunes. Jack actually does the same what James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem did: filtering the best out the 80s and creating with these sound patches a personal identity. And that he did, added with some sarcastic lyrics.
“You never know what comes next”, he mumbles in the title track, which is also true for the CD. You always have the idea that you’ve heard it before (from Paul Haig, Talking Heads to Severed Heads), but in the end you end up with Soft Riot. Is it art-punk or just ice cold Italo disco, who knows?
Soft Riot is the perfect proof that recycling still works and that you can even do something entirely new with it, at least if you choose the right names! A must for lovers of quirky synth music!