For Your Entertainment: A January Sale

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02 January 2015

Soft Riot January 2015 Sale itemsWhile 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!


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.

The Last Day of 2014

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31 December 2014

Soft Riot live at Der Hammer in Sheffield, Nov 2014. Photo by Mo Dettes

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.).

Gandahar & Les Maîtres Du Temps

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10 December 2014

Gandahar | Film StillThis is a Film Klub entry that covers two films: Les Maîtres Du Temps (1982) and Gandahar (1987) both created by the French animator René Laloux. For the anglophones out there, you might remember these films by their English titles; The Time Masters and Light Years. Both films were originally done in French and then overdubbed for the English versions of the films.

Laloux is also well known for his debut animated film, Fantastic Planet.

The reason for stuffing two films into one entry, beyond sharing the same creator, is that last night I finally got around to viewing the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, which was actually quite interesting to watch, namely due to Jodorowsky’s intense, animated nature throughout the film’s interviews as well as the way the original artist drawings were presented (animated from the original stills) as well the synthesizer-heavy soundtrack by american punk/hardcore musician Kurt Stenzel.

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…

The Shout

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08 December 2014

The Shout | Theatrical posterThis entry is based on an event I call a “happy accident”, in where I stumbled across this film accidentally. It was around two or three years ago now and I was up late some weeknight on my own. We had a film-on-demand service where the film selections were generally odd B-Movies that we included in the package with no logic as to why these movies were included in the package.

The Shout was in there, and I basically chose to watch it because (a) it had interesting cover art, (b) John Hurt and Susannah York were in it and (c) I recognised the director’s name; Jerzy Skolimowski. He had done other films I recognised, including the 1970 film Deep End, a coming-of-age type of film about two young adults (one being a young Jane Asher) who worked in a public bath house in West London.

Back to the film on topic… The Shout fits into a category I call “British folk horror”, which are films with either somewhat pagan themes, hauntings or witchcraft that take place in the British countryside and, well, are very British. The Wickerman is an obvious favourite, and so are TV serials from around that time like Children Of The Stones or Sky. The film itself is based on a short horror story by the classic British poet and novelist, Robert Graves.