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No Longer Stranger + Fiction Prediction

Well, not an entirely new proper 2xLP but now available as two LPs in once package, Volar Records is offering the first two Soft Riot LPs, No Longer Stranger and Fiction Prediction at a pretty nice discounted rate to the advantage of listeners in North America. Only $10.00 for both (exc. shipping).

No Longer Stranger was the first Soft Riot release, originally a 6-song digital EP released on Panospria back in the first half of 2011. It was then picked up out of interest by San Diego’s Volar Records and expanded with two extra tracks into an LP. This album contains a complete re-working of the track “Electrolux” by Hoover, a post-hardcore band on the legendary Dischord Records from their 1993 release The Lurid Traversal of Route 7.

Fiction Prediction was released in 2013, featuring tracks that documented the shift from more atmospheric, soundtrack-influenced pieces to the mutant synth-pop of later records..

So check it out! If you’re in Europe and wanting to avoid the shipping costs you can still order these two items from the Soft Riot store.

Soft Riot - No Longer Stranger / Fiction Prediction 2x LP set (UK dystopian synth) $10 | Volar Records

Soft Riot – No Longer Stranger / Fiction Prediction 2x LP set (UK dystopian synth) $10 | Volar Recordshttps://volarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/soft-riot-no-longer-stranger-fiction-prediction-2x-lp-set-uk-dystopian-synth-10‘No Longer Stranger’ and ‘Fiction Prediction,’ the first two albums by UK one-man dystopian synth project Soft Riot. Limited color vinyl. Includes unlimited streaming of Soft Riot – No Longer Stranger / Fiction Prediction 2x LP set (UK dystopian synth) $10 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Soft Riot | The Outsider In The MirrorsYes, you’ve seen it: pre-orders for the new Soft Riot album The Outsider In The Mirrors start today! The official release date is on 09 February 2018. This record is the first Soft Riot album on Possession Records, a relatively new Glasgow-based label run by JJD, Claudia Nova (Hausfrau) and Andy Brown (Ubre Blanca).

You can pre-order from the Possession Records online store or the Soft Riot online store. The record will be soon available through a number of distributors worldwide and from there select record stores.

For a limited time you can also order the vinyl version of The Outsider In The Mirrors along with the You Never Know What Might Come Next LP and Sounds In Alternate Pictures CD as a limited time discount package here.

The official record release show will be held on 09 February 2018 at The Hug & Pint with Ubre Blanca and Meddicine. Further shows in the UK, Europe and Canada are coming together for 2018. You can check those out on the Live Events page. More shows are being sought out for the year so if you you’re interested in booking Soft Riot please get in touch!

There’s more to come, including a few new promotional videos, live events and other things here and there. Things are on the move!

Soft Riot | The Outsider In The Mirrors

The next Soft Riot album unveils itself today! It’s called The Outsider In The Mirrors and is to be released this autumn on Possession Records, a Glasgow-based label run by JJD along with friends Claudia Nova (Hausfrau) and Andy Brown (Ubre Blanca). It will be available in digital, vinyl, compact disc and cassette formats.

You can check out more information on this record here as well as take a listen on the preview below. A short promotional film about the album can be watched further down with further, full music videos coming soon for this record.
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Radio Berlin on VHS

11 September 2017

Radio Berlin, live at The Piccadilly Pub, Vancouver, 29 March 2002

Radio Berlin was a Vancouver post-punk band active between 1998 and 2005 from which members went onto various other projects, including psych-rockers Black Mountain, Dysnea Boys and Soft Riot. As this period of activity was in that awkward, somewhat undocumented period before social media really took off, there isn’t really much live footage of the band archived online.

Recently a live set was unearthed on an old VHS tape from a performance in Vancouver’s legendary but now long gone Piccadilly Pub from March 2002. You can view a couple of videos from this show below. The audio in the video was taken directly from the venue’s live mix and printed to the VHS. A bit of restoration work was done on the transfer but upon playback there are audio artifacts in the mix, something to be expected after sitting unplayed for over fifteen years.

More information on Radio Berlin can be found at www.radioberlinarchive.com.

Synths & Stuff is a video podcast based out of Berlin that checks out a lot of studios of synth/wave musicians across the European scene. Back in March I set up a show for my good friend Ben Bloodygrave in Glasgow and he in turn did an interview with me as a feature for this podcast. It’s now up, the extended “Superbooth Special”, with me talking about my own music production for the first one third of this episde. You can watch it below. The episode is in both English and German but you can turn on the subtitles in the video player’s toolbar.