Skip to main content

Soft Riot--No Longer Stranger LP now available digitally/Fiction Prediction due out soon

VOLAR31--Soft Riot--No Longer Stranger LP (preorder mailorder-only vinyl for an early download)
Now available worldwide from all major digital outlets--Itunes, Amazon, Emusic, Spotify, etc.

Back in February of this year, my buddy/coworker Scott was DJing his usual Tuesday night at the bar at which we both work.  One song in particular jumped out at me, sounded familiar; perhaps because he'd played it before, perhaps because it was a cover.  The track was by one-man UK atmospheric-synth project Soft Riot, "Electrolux," a cover of the great 1994 track by Hoover (listen to the original).  Scott was kind enough to give me the burned CD he was playing this off of, the original No Longer Stranger six-song EP released in a digital-only format in January 2011 on Panospria.  Within a few days of driving around to the EP, I knew I was obsessed, and tracked down Jack Duckworth, the man behind Soft Riot.  "I don't know if you have any plans, but this has to be on vinyl.  This is amazing," I told him.  There weren't any plans for a physical release of the EP, so over the next few months, we began working out plans to put this out on Volar.  Jack went back and reworked a couple of older tracks ("I Wanna Lay Down NXT 2 U" and "A Simulation") to fill it out to a proper LP, and I couldn't be happier with the finished results.  It's the sort of dimly-lit, night-drive stuff that I particularly love and so rarely find this great.  You can preorder limited, mailorder-only green vinyl here.

The second Soft Riot LP, Fiction Prediction, is also already in the can.  Other Voices out of Russia will be releasing this outside of the US, with a joint release between OV and Volar in the US early this year.  Check out tracks and info and upcoming tour dates below.


No Longer Stranger, originally released in January 2011 on the Panospria label, has been picked up by the US label Volar and pressed onto vinyl with two additional tracks. This isn’t late night club music but sounds of dimly lit rooms and dark street corners. Conceptualized a few years back after late nights under an influence, Soft Riot came to be as a musical creation of JJD (Jack Duckworth) of the London, England based psych electronic post-punk outfit Savage Furs.
Tracing a trajectory from his former home of Vancouver BC, the tracks from No Longer Stranger were built in pieces over months and months in his new English home and then completed in a few feverish weeks after a large stroke of inspiration. Themes from science fiction, isolation, fantasy, romance and psychedelia run throughout the course of this collection of “space ballads”. Drawing inspiration from synthesizer-based film soundtracks of yesteryear, drones, minimal wave electronics past and present and a heavy dose of throbbing appregiated rhythms, the tracks of No Longer Stranger are minimal pulsing pop songs coming from the distance with whispering voices weaving throughout.
The closing track “Electrolux” is originally written and recorded by the early 90s Dischord Records post-hardcore band Hoover, is re-imagined as a filmic electronic piece.

Holding Cash In Fields Of Ash
Your Secret Light Shines At Night
Your Strange New Career
I Wanna Lay Down NXT 2 U
A Simulation
You’re Not From Around Here
Tragic Magic
Electrolux **

Fiction Prediction is a collection of songs selected for a first official LP release, these tracks being a confident advancement in the unique and engaging “Soft Riot” sound developed on prior releases. Drawing inspiration from synthesizer-based film soundtracks of yesteryear, drones, early EBM, minimal synth, a dose of psychedelic synthpop and a heavy dose of throbbing appregiated rhythms, Soft Riot is a science-fiction heavy soundscape that narrates the listener through today’s fractured, excessive landscape with hints of black humour.
Soft Riot, coming from a more punk rock pedigree, often places more focus than the norm on his lyrical content, bringing in detailed pictures and sometimes even linear narrative storylines to subjects such as modern living, technology, surveillance, environment, overpopulation, enlightenment, life elsewhere, forewarning about catastrophic events, vain people in gyms, and not having enough time. The influences come less from other musical artists but more so from written fiction and film —a future predicted by fiction.
Coming late 2012/early 2013 on Other Voices Records (Europe/World) and Volar Records (US/Canada). Available in LP/CD/Cassette and Digital format. All physical formats to come with a digital download code.

Another Drone In Your Head
There Just Isn’t Enough time
Cinema Eyes
Terminal Love Song
Some Abstract Terror
The Commuters
Write Yourself Into The Void
A Spinning Wheel
You’ve Got To Use It
Your Own Private Underworld

Noi Kabat Europhoria June 2012 Tour Video (Soft Riot/Noi Kabat tour):


Popular posts from this blog

Flat Worms 7" on Marc Riley's (of the Fall) Best of 2016 BBC 6 show, Oh Boland LP on Pitchfork's Best of 2016, Susan LP on Dirty Laundry TV's Best of 2016, Teach Me 7" on ListenSD's Best of 2016

Happy holidays, all, hope you get through them okay. I know this can be a strange time of year for a number of you, myself included. Happy to be here to share some mighty fine recent news in the land of Volar. Marc Riley, one of the originally songwriters in the Fall, has a BBC 6 show, and just last week discovered the debut 7" by Flat Worms on Volar. He says some very kind words here about the nine-minute mark, played them again the next day, and then included them in his best of 2016 show this past Monday. We're down to the last few of our black vinyl copies. Also this past week, Pitchfork put out its list of

Matt Lamkin of the Soft Pack and Silver Shadows West Coast tour, Teach Me and Keepers live w/ the Spits

First off, a moment of reflection about the Oakland fires. I've been in my own state of shock and grief and am slowly getting back to focusing on this other stuff here. My thoughts go out to everyone involved. I had friends who were there that night and made it out safely; I had quite a few more who were close to going and decided not to. The first show I ever attended in the Bay was at a warehouse (the French Fry Factory), and the first show I ever played there was at the Ghost Town Gallery. I have more musical ties to friends in the Bay and Oakland specifically than anywhere else outside of where I live, and the creative freedom and resourcefulness of the music and arts community there is the richest that I know of in the country. There have been many thoughtful posts and articles regarding that scene in particular, the culture at large, and the nature of warehouse spaces like Ghost Ship. I was asked to do an interview for NBC San Diego and only agreed to help spread that messa…

OUT NOW! Debut LPs by Matt Lamkin (of the Soft Pack), Silver Shadows, Part Time/Drinking Flowers 7", OUT SOON! Tracy Bryant 7"

Well, hi there. A lot's happened since the last time we posted. Really awful shit on a political and cultural level, mostly good stuff on the personal. Either way, things have been really hectic, and the Royal We have been preoccupied. But here we are with some news!

 First up, we have Where I'm Matt, the excellent debut solo LP by my old buddy Matt Lamkin, frontman for the Soft Pack, who went so far as playing Letterman and doing a goofy video with Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and touring a tour and putting out records on Kemado Records and Mexican Summer, among others. The LP features a handful of Lamkin's friends playing various instruments, and retains the hookiness of the Soft Pack while adding a healthy dose of experimental stuff.

Stream the album and pick up limited yellow vinyl, edition of 500, for $12.
 Next up, another great debut, and unfortunately the last, by the very excellent Oakland-based female-harmony led Silver Shadows. I…