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The archive of select flyers from Soft Riot shows over the years has been given update, including the first SOFT RIOT show in London in June 2011 until the present. Since then performances have been played in many locations, including other locations in the UK as well as other countries including France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia and more…

Soundcheck in Barcelona

Soundcheck in Barcelona, 17 March 2017

Many thanks to friends, fans, show-goers and promoters who partipated in the numerous Soft Riot shows that happened across Europe this spring. It was a great chance to try out new songs that will be on the forthcoming LP to be released hopefully in the later months of this year.

Now having being landed back in Glasgow, there’s a number of more local UK dates posted in the live events section with a few more to be announced in the near future.

It’s been a very busy past year for me personally, sometimes too busy to allow one to properly think and be creative. For the next few months I’ll be pulling the reigns back and making time to develop ideas for a number of video projects, some to promote tracks of the upcoming album but also other, more experiment concepts that have been drumming around in my mind for a couple of years now that I haven’t really have had the time to properly develop.

There is much more to come and more news on that to come soon enough! In the meantime you can check out an archive of flyers over the years that have been updated in the Images section.

The Lands Of Europe 2017

02 March 2017

Soft Riot | The Lands Of Europe 2017 | Tour Date PosterSOFT RIOT is playing a number of shows over the next couple of months in select locations in Europe. You can check these out as a summary on the poster in this post or go to the Live Events page to get more details on these. Thanks again for your support.

Soft Riot | July 2016 | Photo Outtake B&W

Realising that I as Soft Riot have been a bit quieter than usual I thought I would write an update in this new, futuristic sounding year of “2017” (I say that every year). So I’ll start with the news items and then move onto more reflective items. Here we go.

RELEASES ON SALE

First off, I’m doing what a lot of other people are doing and putting all items in the Soft Riot online store on sale. 20% off if you enter the code ohseventeen.

SOME MORE TERROR

Some More Terror, an album released in 2014 of instrumental, soundtrack-influenced compositions, has been out of print for a while and will be released again physically again in the coming months.

LIVE DATES

Shows are in progress for this year in the UK and Europe. If you are interesting in booking or sharing a bill — get in touch. Show announcements will come soon enough! In the meantime you can check the Live Events page for updates. There you also also opt to be notified when show listings are added.

BEHIND THE SCENES

If I haven’t had much of an online presence as of late it’s likely because I’ve been spending a lot less time on social media as of late as I’m a bit burnt out on it. I’ve met a lot of great people over the world over the years but sometimes they just become abstract personalities online. Fragments of people you know. There was also a lot of hard times for people in 2016 and a lot of those people had a far worse time than I or my friends around the world did.

As far as music goes, in 2016 I lost some confidence and dealt with life and depression but I think that happens to a lot of people. Sometimes one is not entirely sure what to do next, or unsure about being a salesman or promoter for your own music. Like a lot of artists and musicians out there I’m my own worst critic but as I’m a conflicted optimist/pessimist, toward the end of this past year I started to focus on what I enjoy most, creating music and getting immersed in it and that has started to get a bit of excitement stirring within me. Things comes in waves, up and down and I’m trying to frame myself to be in an “up” wave.

There’s eight new songs that are being finished up into first mixes for the next record. The next step is figuring out the best plan for releasing it. And shortly after that things will hopefully “click” to feel a wave of inspiration to get out there and play it! And there will be of course a number of video projects going along with that in the form of music videos and other things. Can’t give away too much yet.

The tracks are three new ones that I’ve been playing live over the last year or so including another five that are very new: THE EYES ON THE WALLS / KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE / NOW WORLD ROMANCER / WAITING FOR SOMETHING TERRIBLE TO HAPPEN / YOU SEE HOW THEY BURN / HE’S GONE UNDERGROUND / THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD / THE OUTSIDER IN THE MIRRORS.

The album will be named after the last track, “The Outsider In The Mirrors”. I’m sure it will see the light of day in this year and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

Here’s a recent interview done with Belgium’s WAVES radio where I talked with Philippe Bauwens about a range of topics, including the origins of the Soft Riot name, creative approach, the new Possession Records as well as fellow artists Hausfrau and Marcel Wave. The interview premiered on air on Oct 23rd and is now available as a MixCloud archive below.

There’s a number of upcoming shows in the UK and Canada which you can check out below. Further shows for 2017 will be announced soon, as well as other developments behind the scenes.