Soft Riot | You Never Know What Might Come Next | LP coverIt’s been a couple of months since there’s been a news update on this site so here it is! First off, the official vinyl/digital version of the new album, You Never Know What Might Come Next, which was set for a June release, has been delayed to number of backlogs prevalent in the vinyl pressing industry these days. The record is now currently in the manufacturing stage and there will be an official announcement through the label Exhibition in the near future as well as pre-order information. So sit tight! At this point it’s likely a late summer release.

In the meantime you can still order the limited edition CD version of which there are still copies left.

A promotional video for the title track is done and ready to go and will have a premiere once the release information on the album is out.

There are tour dates in the UK and Europe for the autumn of 2015 in the works and more news on that will be announced soon.

In the meantime, a re-worked version of the track “Minimum” by Vancouver synthpop duo Sur Une Plage premiered in the last few days and is available as a free download! Sur Une Plage is Joshua Wells and Colin McKill, the former with whom also plays in Black Mountain and Lightning Dust — Josh and myself were also in the post-punk band Radio Berlin a good number of years ago so it’s been a great pleasure to join up again on this track. Josh also contributes some production skills on the alternate version of the title track from You Never Know What Might Come Next, available as a bonus on the limited edition CD version.

That’s it for now! Soft Riot will be playing a couple local Sheffield dates this summer, mainly for the purpose of trying out a new live set-up that will be rolled out for future dates starting the fall. Thanks for your support.

DEF | Doncaster Electronic Foundation The new album You Never Know What Might Come Next will be in preview tomorrow night on the weekly online podcast for Doncaster Electronic Foundation. Tune in to hear some tunes from this record. The official version is out early June on Exhibition Records (Paris FR) with the limited edition CD extended version available now. The show starts at 9pm GMT on Monday, April 13th.

In other news there will be a live show in London this coming Friday promoting the album. Further UK dates will occur in late May (details coming soon), then a DJ slot with MM Lyle of Marcel Wave of Der Hammer in early June. With the album out that month, live dates should start to occur more frequently further into 2015 and beyond. More information as it comes.

Soft Riot | You Never Know What Might Come Next | Limited CD Cover

Limited Edition CD cover

The new album You Never Know What Might Come Next is finally here! Well, the first phase of it anyway. Ahead of the official vinyl/digital release on the French label Exhibition Records that comes out in late May/June, an exclusive limited edition pre-release CD version of the album is now available for pre-order.

This special version of the album is limited to around 50 sale units and comes with four extra tracks that won’t be available on the standard digital and vinyl LP editions. The cover of this version slightly different (colourised) than the standard edition LP (in black and silver ink) as well as the digital. This version comes with the following:

  • 2 extra tracks in addition to the 8 on the standard edition. These extra tracks are from the recording/mixing sessions.
  • A third track: a version of “You Never Know What Might Come Next” done with a live rhythm section of JJD on bass guitar and Joshua Wells (Black Mountain, Sur Une Plage) on drums and extra synths. Recorded in mixed in JJD’s hometown of Vancouver BC.
  • A fourth extra track, a cover of “We Are The Chopped” by Nomeansno. The original is from their 1982 album Mama.
  • 12 page booklet with lyrics, information and sketches.
  • Environmentally friendly “Digifile” packaging (no plastic)
  • 1x 25mm Soft Riot badge
  • 1x A3 (297mm x 420) custom poster with black print and spraypaint stenciled colour blocks. Stenciling done by JJD.
  • A card that contains (a) a code that gives you 30% of any future purchases in the Soft Riot store (no time limit) and (b) a download code for stem audio files for the title track, “You Never Know What Might Come Next” for possible remix variations on the track.

Orders ship starting between April 1, 2015 and April 7, 2015 (there’s that four-day long weekend in the middle of those days).

You can preview/purchase this version on the Soft Riot store or below:

* these tracks are only the limited CD version.

Having been into the music of Celebration for a long time as well as their previous projects such as Love Life and Jaks, it was great to be able to connect with the band and have them offer their source material to create this version of the track “Razor’s Edge”.

This is Soft Riot’s version of Celebration’s “Razor’s Edge” which was originally released on Celebration’s latest album “Albumin” released this past fall on Bella Union. This version was re-arranged and recorded in November 2013. It until now has not be made public but now available as a free download. You can buy “Albumin” from Bella Union here:…umin-pre-order

Radio Berlin was a band I was in from 1998 to 2005, playing guitar, synths and handling 1/2 of the vocals. The group disbanded around ten years ago now and since then all of the albums have pretty much gone out of print. Within the last month or two myself and the other former members have decided to re-issue the three main albums Sibling (1999), The Selection Drone (2001) and Glass (2003) digitally, complete with extra bonus tracks, for anyone that might want to listen.

An archival site has been set up (link below) with photos, information on the band as well as links and preview players to the three albums located on BandCamp. Full information on each release is available on each album’s BandCamp page.

Radio Berlin was a four piece band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Formed in 1998, the band released numerous, well-received albums. With a sound best described as rhythmic postpunk/new wave with early ‘goth’ stylings, Radio Berlin garnered many welcome comparisons to bands like Pornography-era Cure, Joy Division, Wire, Josef K, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, only backed by the rhythm section one would expect from a band like Clikatat Ikatowi. Having played with peers such as of The Locust, I Am Spoonbender, The Faint, Vue, Add N To X, Interpol, Ted Leo, The Organ and Camera Obscura (not the Scottish band), Radio Berlin rocked out with a hypnotic live show.

Radio Berlin | 1998-2005 | Archive

Radio Berlin | 1998-2005 | Archive Berlin were a post-punk group from Vancouver, existing between 1998-2005. Their three main albums have been digitally re-released in February 2015.