Possession Records Presents
Thursday, 02 May 2019
“synth • minimal wave • coldwave • electronic • postpunk • ebm• newwave”
Soft Riot is JJD, a former Vancouverite now residing in the Glasgow who has clocked in around twenty years of musical output in various bands and projects. Moving from Vancouver to the UK in the late 2000s, Soft Riot came into full being, having released a couple of acclaimed albums and EPs and staging numerous tours around Europe.
Using an arsenal of synthesizers and effects, Soft Riot’s sound is an amalgamation of JJD’s personal experience with music, containing elements of synthesiser-based film soundtracks, romantic italo-style flourishes, throbbing arpeggiations and angular, psychedelic synth-pop all tied together with an underlying tension. It is a science-fiction heavy soundscape that narrates the listener through today’s fractured, excessive landscape with hints of black humour.
Hard hitting minimal wave by Berlin resident Basti Wagner, and one current underground synth artists on Germany’s Young & Cold Records label. Inspired by the sounds of early 80s and early 90s synthesiser music, Paradox Sequenz provides his own direct and precise take on the genre.
Formerly one half of the popular Berlin-based dark wave duo Monowelt, Marta has stepped out on her own, composing music that is her “journey to the inner self”. A journey from sensual, heartwarming & dreamy soundscapes through melancholic, triste and gloomy sounds, at the same time keeping a raw and underground spirit. Marta’s debut album “Hidden Emotions” was released last year on the Berlin-based Sick Suck label.
With their teeth cut on various flips of the Glasgow synthpop, noise, and avant-garde coins, blast onto the collective consciousness outta nowhere like a cosmic prime mover, combining punishing psychedelic Yamaha synth sequences and fragile Lechitic r&b vocals. They sing lyrics about religion, immigration, butts, abstract art, romance and nonsense. POLIS sound like the ringing in your ears after you’ve tripped up on Byres road, you’re lying on the ground, brain shite gushing out your skull… and there’s a car passing by playing Katy Perry.
And joining the show on the decks is Dave Graham from Glasgow’s premiere EBM/Techno night NULL/VOID (and probably one of the most popular club nights on a Sunday in Glasgow) playing a wide variety of tunes.