It’s coming to that time of year where things slow down quite a bit. The weather is brisk, cold and biting and we all tend to hole up and re-focus for the coming new year. I’ve been spending a lot of time preparing things for 2015, including a new record. So while we take “five” over the holidays, here’s a chance to download all the Soft Riot “version” remixes that have been created over the last couple of years. This opportunity to download any of the tracks off this link will be open until the evening of December 24th so feel free to check it out.
Within contains remixes by Lebanon Hanover, Attrition, TSTI, A Terrible Splendour, Keluar, Babe Rainbow, Női Kabát, Split Personalities (I/II), Window Twins, Hoover and more…
A South American music blog called The Blog That Celebrates Itself (a reference to the early 90s “shoegaze” movement) recently got in touch to do an interview about all things Soft Riot. The introduction to the interview is in Portuguese with the actual interview itself in English. Here’s the result:
Q. When did Soft Riot start? Tell us about the history.
The Soft Riot that is out releasing records and playing shows today is pretty different than the one that started a long time ago. It was around the mid-2000s, when I was playing in other synth-punk and post-punk bands that I wanted to do something a bit more minimal and atmospheric. I was really into stuff like early 4AD releases, Kranky records, John Foxx, Ike Yard and that sort thing and looking to do something vaguely in that arena. I recorded some demos in 2006 under the name JJ Wax and did one show in Vancouver (where I’m from originally) with two friends of mine as a backing band. It was an alright show. Someone called me “Trent Reznor” from the audience which I thought was funny.
“Modern Dread” is a track off of Some More Terror, a release featuring 11 tracks of more filmic, instrumental synthesized soundscapes. The idea was always there to do some sort of promotional video for a track off the release, but in a different format from a standard DIY video for a “pop” song. The music afterall is very soundtrack influenced and so hey, why not try and make a tiny little film?
Serving up parts of psychedelic dream collages, abstract horror and a bit of absurdist black humour, this short film comes with inspiration from the more darker, surreal Kids In The Hall sketches, Wim Wenders, Ian Svenonius, the French commentator from The Day Today, film collage of Kenneth Anger, bad subtitling on foreign films and stilted acting. And yes, perhaps a bit Lynchian, a tag that most viewers may tie this to.
This is the first of a couple of video projects currently being worked on so there’ll be more in the not so distant future.
Most of the footage was shot on location in Sheffield. A big thanks to MM Lyle of Marcel Wave for acting and assisting in this video. Enjoy.
Having returned from a successful trip to Canada, things are now rolling back at the studio preparing the new upcoming album, You Never Know What Might Come Next. The final mixes are done and soon to be going into mastering. This new record will be released sometime after the new year in 2015 on Desire.
In the mean time production work has begun on some promotional films, for both the new album as well as the recently released Some More Terror; a cassette/digital album of more synthesizer soundscape instrumentals. Shooting has begun on a short film for the track “Modern Dread”, which is arguable one of the more minimal, dronier tracks on that release. This film will feature a bit of acting from yours truly! Here are a couple of stills from the source footage:
This coming Friday is the premiere of the Der Hammer club night here in Sheffield. The night is curated with MM Lyle of Marcel Wave; a Sheffield Synthesizer night. There will be a live Soft Riot performance along with a set by locals The Silent Age. Guest DJs are friends Less Than Zero (Berlin/London). Here is the event below:
http://www.facebook.com/events/394055454083531/A SHEFFIELD SYNTHESIZER NIGHT Synthpop, Postpunk and Wave Happenings in The Steel City. Your host DJs are JJD + Lady Boy. http://www.facebook.com/derhammerclub |…
Finally, SOFT RIOT is booking new shows in 2015. A number of shows are being booked in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and beyond starting February 2015 so do get in touch if you want Soft Riot to come to your town. Thanks.
So there’s been a number of things going on this fall and insight to all of those activities are found in this one convenient digest.
First off, the new proper Soft Riot album, You Never Know What Might Come Next, was mixed earlier this month in London at Flesh & Bone Studios. On mixing duties was Owen Pratt, formerly of Noi Kabát. There are eight tracks in total and they’ll be released early next year on Desire out of France. Later on this fall production will commence on a couple of promotional videos that will hopefully coincide with the release of the album.
Soft Riot plays in Vancouver BC tonight at “Grey Area”. More information on this event here. If you miss this one there’s plans to come back to play more shows in Canada and the US next year.
While in Vancouver there was a drop in at the studios of I Die: You Die, a go-to Vancouver-based music website for all things electronic and and synth/wave/industrial, etc. The result is an interview with ID:UD host Bruce Lord about Soft Riot and an old Vancouver-based project A Luna Red. You can check that interview out here.
A new night called Der Hammer, curated by JJD and Lady Boy (Marcel Wave) kicks off on November 21st in Sheffield at Dada Bar. This will hopefully be the first of a number of regular nights, with live performances by Soft Riot and The Silent Age, as well as DJing by your hosts and Less Than Zero (Berlin/London). Find out more about this event here.
Finally, keep your eyes on this space for further live shows in 2015. Currently announced shows in the Live Events section.
Thanks again for your support.