I’m continuing with the synth theme again. We’ve come to an age where being an “electronic” solo musician almost always seem to result in a “performance” with only a laptop on stage. Which is fine, I suppose. But there is nothing special about that. It’s not exactly a great live experience to watch somebody staring behind a laptop screen, is it? There is something honest and genuine about analog and it’s quite hard to remain analog especially if your persuasion is electronic. Why lug multiple big ass synths, fumble with microphones and co-ordinate with cables, stands, mixers and managing the execution of it all when they can all be compacted and easily served from a laptop?
This here is Jack, also known as Soft Riot based in London. His music is heavily synth based, dark, with a certain 80s leaning. And I’m talking about the coldwave / darkwave movements with a touch of new wave. It brings to mind my love for bands like Norma Loy, Bunker Strasse, maybe even the slightly more palatable Asylum Party:
With 2 actual synths plugged into a myriad of effects and accompanied by equally athmospheric lighting, Soft Riot stays true to analog, successfully maintaining the dark vibes live on stage as he does in his recordings. Here’s some tracks from the upcoming Another Drone In Your Head ep. They’re very good:
[Soft Riot - Another Drone In Your Head]
[Soft Riot - You Can't Please Everyone]
And listen to his version of Lebanon Hanover’s Die World:
Fans of Ritualz will love this oldie:
[Soft Riot - You're Not From Around Here]