While the wind howls in the stark winter sun outside, the Soft Riot store has been prepped up for a sale for all of January 2015 on BandCamp-run store!
GO TO SHOP
All items purchased in the shop will get a 20% discount by entering the discount code foryourentertainment until 31 January 2015.
Cassette and digital versions of the instrumental album Some More Terror are available for purchase, and for the month of January digital-only versions of Fiction Prediction and No Longer Stranger can be purchased as well.
There are still Fiction Prediction silk-screen posters available as well, and will be included with all purchases of £15 (before discount, pre-shipping) or more that include at least one vinyl record*. These posters were printed by Jonas Ranson of Blacklist Editions in London.
Still available are vinyl 12″ copies and digital versions of the one and only EP by Savage Furs, a short lived London group (2009-2011) consisting of myself (JJD), Chris Flatline of Mild Peril and Del Jae, the mastermind behind the new and exciting Futurismo Inc. record label.
These are all made available in one place as a one-stop shop. T-Shirts are currently sold out but a new design for 2015 should be in the making soon. Thanks for your support and see you all further on in the new year.
* While supplies last. At the time of this post there’s only 10 left of the original edition of 50. Bonus posters will be folded up with the records so will need to be laid flat or pressed before usage for optimum display.
Live at the first Der Hammer in Sheffield, Nov 2014. Photo by Mo Dettes.
Having returned from a great show last night in London, it’s now 6.30pm here in Sheffield. There’s still snow outside but it’s going to be trumped by rain very, very soon.
This is just a short message to thank everyone for their support in 2014. There were a lot of cities in Europe (and one in North America!) that were performed in as well as seeing old friends from around everywhere and meeting new ones.
Soft Riot moved its base to Sheffield UK in mid-2014 and the scene here has been very supportive so far. I’m looking forward to further involvement here in the new year, with the Der Hammer night I co-run with MM Lyle of Marcel Wave as well as all people we know here.
Moving into the new year there will a proper follow up album to Fiction Prediction out in spring 2015. Thanks to Owen Pratt from Flesh & Bone Studios for helping mix it and Desire Records for taking it on.
In January there will be a sale on records and other merchandise through the Soft Riot online store. More details on that next week.
So have fun out there tonight, whether you’re staying in with a few good friends or a loved one or out there celebrating it in excess. We’ll see you in 2015 (sounds futuristic, doesn’t it? I say that every year though.).
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.